Per Diem Licensed Creative Arts Therapist - Inpatient Psychiatry

Job Description

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Job Summary

As a member of the clinical team in the department of Psychiatry, the Licensed Creative Arts Therapist is responsible for the design, development and implementation of group and individual psychotherapy, the provision of therapeutic and recreational activities, and the maintenance of a therapeutic milieu for psychiatric in-patients or for outpatient clients within the Continuing Day Treatment Program.

Roles & Responsibilities:

  • Evaluates patients by using professional techniques such as interview, standardized evaluation, projective procedure and non-verbal behavior assessment, in order to determine functional capacities, suitability for group therapies and activities, and develop course of treatment
  • Obtains information from medical records, medical staff, and the patients themselves to assess patients’ capabilities, needs, and interests
  • Monitors and records patients’ progress to ensure that individual treatment goals and objectives are met or revised as appropriate
  • Attends and participates in departmental, unit and team meetings
  • Confers with members of the treatment team to plan and evaluate programming
  • Keeps track of inventory and maintains work space in an organized, hygienic manner consistent with regulatory requirements. Estimates needs for space, supplies, and equipment and responds accordingly
  • Maintains currency in field by review of professional literature on an ongoing basis; participation in professional organizations and attending appropriate conferences
  • Provides task supervision and departmental orientation to interns, students of various disciplines and volunteers. Assists in orientation of staff as assigned
  • Assist in miscellaneous departmental responsibilities and functions which include preparing and delivering presentations to hospital personnel as assigned, provides input into planning and selection of in-service training programs and submits monthly statistics regarding caseload, group load, and clients
  • Adheres to certification and/or licensing requirements as determined by respective regulatory agencies
  • Performs other related duties as assigned
  • Responsibilities within Inpatient Psychiatry
  • Implements group and individual psychotherapy sessions according to therapeutic design and in consultation with clinical team; adapts departmental treatment plan to meet changing patient needs during the course of treatment
  • Develops, updates and implements Interdisciplinary Treatment Plan with clinical team
  • Prepares patient assessment and progress reports; documents clinical services in medical record; communicates relevant information to clinical team; recommends changes or modifications in therapeutic programming as necessary
  • Participates in ongoing group and/or individual clinical supervision, as arranged by Department Manager per state regulations
  • In consultation with department Manager, appropriately licensed Psychiatric Rehabilitation Therapists may take on individual and group clinical supervision responsibilities with respect to therapists practicing under a limited permit
  • Responsibilities within Outpatient Psychiatry
  • Assess patients’ emotional, developmental, educational, recreational, and related health care needs. Make outside referrals when indicated. Increase patient and family involvement in the patients’ illness/wellness self-management
  • Develop techniques and interventions to help reduce stress, increase adaptive coping, and enhance developmental growth
  • Implements individual or group activities in collaboration with the interdisciplinary team and according to the design of specific programs within the division
  • Prepares and maintains record and case files including documentation such as patients’ personal and eligibility information, services provided, narratives of patient contacts and relevant correspondence. Maintains compliance with the content and timeliness of charting requirements as mandated by the hospital and all external regulatory agencies
  • Maintains case management responsibilities of assigned clients. Counsels, refers for services identified as necessary, keeps case notes on progress or lack of same, corresponds and coordinates service with hospital staff, family members and caregivers, and outside agencies involved with patients; instructs other staff on the implementation of treatment plans
  • Attends weekly Patient Rounds to discuss patients’ participation in program, provides feedback regarding patients’ progress and receives input from the interdisciplinary team (including psychiatrists, clinical director, social workers, rehabilitation counselors, etc.)
  • Develops and maintains relationships with community referral sources including but not limited to supportive psychiatric housing, community mental health centers, psychosocial programs, the NYC shelter system, community groups, etc.
  • Participates in ongoing group and/or individual clinical supervision, as arranged by Director of the CDTP per state regulations

Education Requirements:

Master’s degree in a psychiatric rehabilitation discipline required (i.e. Creative Arts Therapy, Social Work, Counseling).

Experience Requirements:

One year unpaid or paid experience working in a psychiatric rehabilitation setting, acute psychiatric experience preferred for inpatient positions.
Clinical experience with population specific to unit of assignment (child/adolescent, geriatric, MICA, adult) also recommended for inpatient

Licensing and Certification Requirements:

LCAT required

Computer Skills:

Microsoft Office   - Beginner

General Skills and Competencies:

  • Excellent service and communication skills
  • Excellent clinical writing and documentation skills
  • Ability to prioritize and complete duties in a timely manner
  • Capacity to work collaboratively and in a positive manner with all members of the clinical team
  • Ability to select and use training/instructional methods and procedures

Strength Through Diversity

The Mount Sinai Health System believes that diversity and inclusion is a driver for excellence. We share a common devotion to delivering exceptional patient care. Yet we’re as diverse as the city we call home- culturally, ethically, in outlook and lifestyle. When you join us, you become a part of Mount Sinai’s unrivaled record of achievement, education and advancement as we revolutionize healthcare delivery together.
We work hard to recruit and retain the best people, and to create a welcoming, nurturing work environment where you have the opportunity and support to develop professionally. We share the belief that all employees, regardless of job title or expertise, have an impact on quality patient care. 

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Who We Are

Over 38,000 employees strong, the mission of the Mount Sinai Health System is to provide compassionate patient care with seamless coordination and to advance medicine through unrivaled education, research, and outreach in the many diverse communities we serve.
Formed in September 2013, The Mount Sinai Health System combines the excellence of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai with seven premier hospitals, including Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Mount Sinai Brooklyn, The Mount Sinai Hospital, Mount Sinai Queens, Mount Sinai West (formerly Mount Sinai Roosevelt), Mount Sinai St. Luke’s, and New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai.
The Mount Sinai Health System is an equal opportunity employer. We promote recognition and respect for individual and cultural differences, and we work to make our employees feel valued and appreciated, whatever their race, gender, background, or sexual orientation. 

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