Art Therapist Job at Lawrence Hall, Chicago, IL

  • Lawrence Hall
  • Chicago, IL

Job Description


Annually serving over 1,400 youth and families, Lawrence Hall is a community-based organization committed to helping Chicago's youth, families, and communities heal from the adverse effects of childhood trauma. For more than 150 years, Lawrence Hall has been delivering high-quality care throughout the Chicago metropolitan area and is a statewide leader in highly effective, evidence-based, and innovative therapeutic treatment. Their core programs-Child and Family Treatment Center, Therapeutic Day School, Creative Therapies, Foster Care, Transitional/Independent Living Program, Workforce Development, and Community Wellness-have met the changing and complex needs of youth and families by not only becoming more community based, but also by developing more preventative programs that help curb violence in Chicago's communities.


Reports to the Manager of Creative Therapies. 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 across multiple agency locations in the Chicago area. 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.

  • 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, and communicating clinical progress to team members, caregivers, and family members as appropriate.
  • Completes formal documentation as established by departmental procedure
  • Curate interventions and programming to include using strategies that support healing, recovery, and that resist re-traumatization
  • Maintains membership in professional organizations and keeps current credentials in appropriate/relevant discipline and maintains professional organizational 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
  • Maintain confidentiality of employees, volunteers, and program participants to provide a safe environment
  • 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 for
  • 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

Highlighted benefits
  • Provides full time employees 2 times their salary in term life insurance for no additional cost
  • Reimburses your gym memberships up to $20 per month to aid on your overall fitness and health
  • Offers 100% match up to 3% on your retirement savings after 1 year of service
  • All employees start off with an average of 17-25 days of PTO
  • Employee Referral Program gives employees an opportunity to receive up to $1500 for referring candidates
  • 9 paid holidays off

Frequently cited statistics show that women and underrepresented groups apply to jobs only if they meet 100% of the qualifications. Lawrence Hall encourages you to apply even if you do not meet all listed qualifications. We look forward to your application.

This position meets the FLSA requirements for Exempt

Job Tags

Holiday work, Full time,

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