Art Therapist (VIC I-862) at Volunteers of America in Bronx, New York

Posted in Other 12 days ago.

Job Description:

About Us:

Volunteers of America-Greater New York (VOA-GNY) is an anti-poverty organization that seeks to end homelessness in the New York metropolitan area by the year 2050. We focus our continuum of care to address the most prevalent causes of homelessness: (1) lack of affordable housing; (2) unmet health needs, including but not limited to mental health and substance use; and (3) lack of jobs that create wealth. In each of these areas we strive to incorporate strategies that address issues of racial equity. We know that our clients are confronting longstanding barriers to accessing quality housing, healthcare, and employment. Our programs are designed to ensure that our clients do not have to face these challenges alone.

Now in our second century of serving those in need, VOA-GNY understands what it takes to heal families and individuals who are in crisis and have experienced trauma. We operate and provide services in emergency shelters, transitional housing, and permanent supportive housing for close to 11,000 men, women and children through 65 programs located in New York City, Northern New Jersey, and Westchester annually. We are one of the largest providers of services to families and individuals experiencing homelessness in the Greater New York area, serving survivors of domestic violence, people living with HIV/AIDS, veterans, and others who have behavioral health or substance use needs. Many of VOA-Greater New York's programs are nationally recognized and meet the rigorous standards of accrediting bodies CARF, COA and the NAEYC.

"Successful applicants must be vaccinated for COVID-19 before their start date with VOA-GNY, unless you have been approved by VOA-GNY for a medical or religious exception to this requirement."

Position: Art Therapist (VIC I-862)


The Art Therapist help residents overcome emotional, mental and behavioral difficulties caused by traumatic events by engaging and expressing themselves through the artistic process. To ensure the program provides comprehensive and integrated onsite social services, that helps residents restore and rebuild their lives while healing from their experience of domestic violence.

Minimum Qualifications:

Master's degree and Limited Permit (LP-CAT) or License (LCAT) in art therapy or psychotherapy, and 2 years of experience working with victims of domestic violence and their families.

Supervisory Role:

This position does not have supervisory responsibilities.

Principal Responsibilities:

The below enumerated principal responsibilities are inclusive of both program specific and firm-wide related administration, as applicable.

  • Meet with residents to arrange art therapy sessions and activities.
  • Provide age appropriate art therapy to children when applicable.
  • Guide clients through the creative process and encourage them to engage with their feelings and explore the thought processes behind them to promote healing.
  • Create and maintain a wellness and recovery-oriented environment by using person-first language, respectful documentation, person centered planning, and evidence-based practices.
  • Ensure support and education are provided and documented to assist residents in their transition into the community including referrals to appropriate social service agencies when the facility does not provide the needed service
  • Provide crisis intervention to clients when needed.
  • Perform other related duties as requested.

  • Expected Results of Principal Responsibilities:
  • Residents will receive and be offered art therapy as a safe and effective way to process traumatic events.
  • Residents will receive and be offered the all of the necessary support and education to aid in their successful transition to the community.
  • Groups of interest related to art therapy and targeted for the population served will be available for the residents.
  • Provide emergency response including crisis management, first aid, CPR and fire response as needed.
  • Complete Incident Reports as outlined by the Program Manual and Funder guidelines. Ensure accurate record keeping of the program.
  • Safety hazards and emergency situations are handled, safely, promptly and professionally.
  • Related duties are performed completely, on time and accurate.

  • Work Environment:

    While performing the duties of the job, the employee will be in a housing shelter environment.

    Physical Demands:

    While performing the duties of the job, the employee is regularly required to have visual acuity, talk and hear while communicating with peers, clients and/or vendors. This position requires sitting, standing and walking. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move items up to 20 pounds.

    Position Type:

    This is a full-time position.

    Make a living by making a difference. Apply online today! Volunteers of America is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Vets/Disabled/Other Protected Categories.

    Other details

    • Job Family Therapist-Physical/Occupational/Speech/Art
    • Pay Type Hourly
    • Job Start Date Wednesday, April 20, 2022

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