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Deltek Talent Management - EXPRESSIVE THERAPIST - (25930)

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Facility Name
Pembroke Hospital
PEMBROKE, MA 02359 US (Primary)
Career Area
Allied Health
Behavioral Health - Counselor, Behavioral Health - Support Staff, Behavioral Health - Technician, Behavioral Health - Therapist, Occupational Therapy (OT), Other, Recreational therapy, Social Worker
Job Description

Pembroke Hospital is a smoke free 120-bed private psychiatric facility located south of Boston.  As part of Universal Health Services (UHS), we offer a wide range of employee benefits and educational opportunities to both reward and grow our dedicated employees. 

We are looking for a qualified Expressive Therapist (ET) to provide expressive arts therapies and psychoeducational groups and recreational activities on inpatient units for adult acute psychiatric treatment, and adolescent acute care on a full-time basis. We use a person-centered, trauma-informed approach that acknowledges the potential for recovery and wellness for every person we serve. All candidates must be able and willing to promote these values.

Qualifications: Must be a graduate from an accredited ET program, preferably with certification and licensure, or license eligible. LMHC supervision provided for those requiring hours for licensure. Prefer at least 1 year of experience working on an inpatient psychiatric program, but excellent communication skills and a consistently positive attitude are the most important qualities for our successful candidate. We are looking for someone who is easygoing and gets along well with others. Must be mature, resourceful, and professional and have the ability to work independently as part of a collaborative and supportive team. This setting requires a confident, flexible, creative therapist with strong time management skills who is willing to use a variety of modalities, including ET and verbal therapy to accommodate the ever-changing needs of the short-term inpatient population.

Full Time 40 hours including weekends

Job Summary: Provides rehabilitation services for patients. Plans, organizes, and implements appropriate group interventions consistent with individual and group needs. Provides assessment and consultation and collaborates with treatment team.

Essential Functions:

  • Develops and conducts group programs

  • Provides assessment to identify patient needs

  • Documents pertinent clinical data following group

  • Reviews multi-disciplinary treatment plan and identifies rehab based treatment goals and interventions

  • Provides individual assessment to patients as needed and makes recommendations to treatment team regarding needs for specialized rehab services or for planning for discharge and aftercare support.


  • Participates in maintaining inventory of supplies in the rehab department


  • Assists in maintaining unit arts supplies and reports issues to Program Managers and Rehab Manager


  • Assists as necessary for projects, reports, and other duties as assigned by supervisor

  • Participates in DMH/JC/CMS surveys

  • Assists with expressive therapy student program and provides student support and formal or informal supervision, as necessary

Essential Competencies:

  • Effective group facilitation and individual psychotherapy skills


  • Knowledge of psychiatric disorders and their effects on functional capacity


  • Knowledge of therapeutic use of multimedia and expressive arts modalities to support stabilization and rehabilitation

  • Understanding of age, socioeconomic, and cultural factors affecting patients’ interest and ability to participate in rehabilitation programs

  • Ability to effectively redirect patients and set clear, timely limits on inappropriate behavior

  • Knowledge of biological and socio-cultural dimensions influencing chemical dependency

  • Ability to maintain positive attitude and enthusiasm throughout the day

Job Requirements

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in Expressive Therapies (Art, Music, or Dance-Movement) ; Bachelor’s degree in Recreational Therapy ; or OTRL/COTAL

  • Eligible for professional certification or licensure with state or national professional affiliation preferred, if applicable

  • Experience in mental health or one year full time employment preferred

Physical Criteria:

  • Must be able to walk up and down stairs

  • Must be able to carry supplies necessary for facilitating group and individual Rehab Therapy work

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