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Arts Therapist
Job Ref # 15859
Houston Methodist Hospital
6565 Fannin St
Houston, TX 77030

Category: Professional

Job Type: PRN

Posted Date: Sept. 29, 2021


At Houston Methodist, the Arts Therapist position is responsible for applying the principles and techniques of their respective modality to patient care to treat and rehabilitate people with mental, physical and emotional needs. This position will conduct assessments, observations and treatments in both individual and group settings, document findings and recommendations in the medical record and participate in treatment team meetings. The Arts Therapist position provides education to patients, patient’s family members and/or caregivers and collaborates with other health care professionals as needed for problem resolution and/or achievement of identified patient specific goals. As an employee in the Center for Performing Arts Medicine, this position may collaborate on arts integration projects and programs, attending staff development meetings alongside other Creative Arts Therapists.

We are looking to employ a PRN art therapist to utilize art and psychotherapeutic techniques to help patients improve their physical, cognitive, and emotional wellbeing. The art therapist’s responsibilities include evaluating patients’ reactions and behaviors during art therapy sessions, collaborate with both medical and creative arts therapies team and consult on arts integration projects.



Job responsibilities labeled EF capture those duties that are essential functions of the job.

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  1. Promotes a positive work environment and team focused work unit that actively helps one another to achieve optimal department results. Collaborates with all members of the patient care team by actively communicating and reporting pertinent patient care information and data in a comprehensive manner. (EF)
  2. Responds positively to requests for assistance from customers, employees and visitors, using clear and professional communication to facilitate problem resolution. (EF)
  3. Conducts self in a manner that is congruent with cultural diversity, equity and inclusion principles. Contributes towards improvement of department scores for employee engagement, i.e. peer-to-peer accountability. (EF)


  1. Utilizes Art Therapy as part of patient’s complete and comprehensive evaluation to identify patient’s level of function, develop the plan of care and improve issues with emotional, psychological and cognitive well-being. (EF)
  2. Provides education to staff, patients and family members about art therapy services and relevant research through formal in-services and informal daily interactions. (EF)
  3. Coordinates aspects of patient care and development into the population-specific program through personalized interaction. (EF)
  4. Organizes and completes work efforts, as appropriate, to ensure the best possible delivery of service, contributing towards improving scores for patient satisfaction. (EF)


  1. Documents clinical interactions in the electronic medical record system. (EF)
  2. Maintains a safe environment, following all policies and procedures for safety, hazardous materials, emergency preparedness and patient privacy. (EF)
  3. Participates in patient or team conferences in order to learn about discharge plans, treatment goals and medical concerns from the treatment team, and in order to contribute relevant progress and concerns from creative arts therapies perspective. (EF)
  4. Communicates team resource and performance improvement needs to ensure quality and customer service standards, impacting quality and safety department and hospital targets. (EF)


  1. Uses resources efficiently; does not waste supplies. Self-motivated to independently manage time effectively and prioritizes daily tasks, minimizing incidental overtime. Utilizes time between heavy workloads efficiently and helps other team members. Meets labor productivity standards by effectively managing established patient load assignments. (EF)
  2. Maintains accurate and complete documentation of patient interventions and education performed in a timely manner in the medical record. Accurately enters charges for services provided, as applicable. (EF)


  1. Supports hospital and department goals by offering innovative solutions through participation in department and/or hospital projects or committees. Generates and communicates new ideas and suggestions that improve quality or services. (EF)
  2. Assumes responsibility for self-growth and development by participating in in-services programs and continuing education, completing and updating My Development plan on an on-going basis. (EF)

This job description is not intended to be all inclusive; the employee will also perform other reasonably related business/job duties as assigned. Houston Methodist reserves the right to revise job duties and responsibilities as the need arises.



o Master’s degree


o One-year experience providing Art Therapy in a medical patient population or two years of experience providing Art Therapy in other populations


o Registered Art Therapist (ATR) or ATR-Provisional from the Art Therapy Credentials Board (ATCB)

o Board Certified Art Therapist (ATR-BC) from the Art Therapy Credentials Board (ATCB) preferred

o American Heart Basic Life Support (BLS) preferred


o Demonstrates the skills and competencies necessary to safely perform the assigned job, determined through on-going skills, competency assessments, and performance evaluations

o Sufficient proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing the English language necessary to perform the essential functions of this job, especially with regard to activities impacting patient or employee safety or security

o Ability to effectively communicate with patients, physicians, family members and co-workers in a manner consistent with a customer service focus and application of positive language principles

o Exhibits excellent delivery of customer service to all patients, visitors, physicians and co-workers; demonstrates ability to establish and maintain highly effective professional relationships with physicians

o Ability to work independently



Work Attire Yes/No

Uniform No

Scrubs Yes

Business professional No

Other (dept approved) No


On-Call* No


*Note that employees may be required to be on-call during emergencies (ie. Disaster, Severe Weather Event, etc) regardless of selection above.



May require travel within Yes

Houston Metropolitan area


May require travel outside No

of Houston Metropolitan area


**Travel specifications may vary by department.


Please note any other special considerations to this job: __________________________

Company Profile:

Based in the Texas Medical Center, Houston Methodist Hospital is delivering on a mission started in 1919, which continues today – bringing quality, integrity, compassion and innovation into everything we do. As the flagship hospital of Houston Methodist, Houston Methodist Hospital is a nationally recognized medical center with a history of health care innovation. Houston Methodist Hospital was awarded Magnet recognition for nursing excellence for a fourth consecutive time by the ANCC. In addition, Houston Methodist Hospital was recently named by U.S. News & World Report as one of the country’s top 20 hospitals and was also ranked the No. 1 hospital in Texas for the fifth consecutive year.

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