• Art Therapist

    Posted: 07/08/2022

    Lawrence Hall is committed to keeping our youth and families, employees and communities safe. Therefore, we are requiring that all applicants have at least 1 dose of the COVID vaccine to qualify for hire, with the 2nd dose required 45 days after hire.


    Reports to the Creative Therapies Supervisor. Plans, organizes and directs Art Therapy interventions as part of mental and physical health care treatment of youth to influence behavioral and psychological changes leading to restoration and improvement of emotional health. Effectively utilizes verbal and written communication skills. Requires knowledge of trauma exposure, knowledge of the 5 S's of trauma: Safety, Self-Regulation/Soothing, Supportive, Strengths, Self-Care, and an understanding of and recognition of the signs of traumatic stress. Must be able to effectively use both verbal and physical intervention skills with individuals six (6) through twenty-one (21) years of age. Physical intervention skills require the ability to kneel and return to standing without assistance. Requires flexibility to adjust work schedule according to the needs of the program.

    *Clinical supervision available for LPC/LSW.



    • Implements art therapy programming, special events and other related activities as identified to support creative therapy services
    • Maintains involvement in departmental planning from a comprehensive as well as specific program planning perspective, participating in needs assessments, team meetings and department meetings
    • Collaborate programming with other members of the Creative Therapies department
    • Completes formal documentation as established by departmental procedure
    • Requires knowledge of typical child and adolescent development and an understanding of trauma exposure and traumatic stress signs and symptoms
    • Curate interventions and programming to include using strategies that support healing, recovery, and that resist re-traumatization
    • Engage caregivers, parents, family members and others by sharing strengths and challenges experienced by program participants
    • Maintains membership in professional organizations and keeps current credentials in appropriate/relevant discipline and maintains professional organization involvement
    • Establishes and maintains professional relationships with youth and responds to target behaviors with methods established by departmental and agency policies
    • Uses active and reflective listening skills and affirmations to demonstrate respect and empathy, avoiding negative and derogatory labels that foster disrespect
    • Understand that behaviors, responses, attitudes, and emotions are a collection of survival skills often developed in response to traumatic experiences
    • Maintain confidentiality of employees, volunteers, and program participants to provide a safe environment
    • Attend at least two trainings related to being trauma informed in a twelve-month period
    • Ability to work effectively with program participants and family members, employees and vendors in a culturally diverse environment to support healing and recovery
    • Participates in the development and implementation of continuous quality improvement activities as assigned
    • Other duties as assigned


    • Master's degree in art therapy from an accredited university
    • ATR/ATR-BC or eligible
    • LPC or LCPC strongly preferred
    • Knowledge of childhood trauma and prior experience working in settings with youth and families that have been exposed to trauma or experiencing traumatic stress preferred
    • Knowledge of youth development, adolescent issues, positive youth development/strengths-based approach preferred
    • Personal vehicle or access to vehicle and proof of insurance
    • Valid Illinois/Indiana/Wisconsin Driver's license
    • No history of child abuse or neglect
    • Ability to pass background and drug screen

    Additional Benefits

    Lawrence Hall will be providing stipends to any employee who is approved to transport youth in their own vehicle as part of their duties. The stipend will be $150/month.

    We will also be providing a $75/month stipend to those who do not transport youth.

    A $10/month wellness stipend will be provided to those employees who provide proof of their gym membership or payment for a fitness app.


    This position meets the FLSA requirements for Exempt



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