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Expressive Therapist (Music, Recreation, Art, Movement) - (21938)

Universal Health Services

Washington, DC
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Deltek Talent Management - Expressive Therapist (Music, Recreation, Art, Movement) - (21938)

Job Details

Expressive Therapist (Music, Recreation, Art, Movement) - (21938)

Facility Name
Psychiatric Institute of Washington
WASHINGTON, DC 20016 US (Primary)
Career Area
Recreational therapy
Job Description


Administratively and clinically responsible for providing recreational/expressive therapies activities for children, adolescents, and adults from the ages of 5-65+. Assume delegated responsibility as liaison to treatment teams in which they must exhibit in-depth knowledge in assessment and prescription of Expressive Therapy program for individual patient needs.


Plans and conducts group therapy and occasional individual sessions in accordance with the patient’s treatment plan, program structures, and department philosophy.

Maintains a consistent therapeutic milieu as outlined in hospital policy and procedures and according to program structures.

Establishes and maintains an empathetic and therapeutic relationship with patients.

Completes routine paperwork within the prescribed time frames; i.e., initial assessments, master treatment plans, progress notes, statistics, and billing.

Attends designated team meetings and conferences. Contributes Recreational/Expressive Therapy information and observations to interdisciplinary team members and physicians during the appropriate treatment team staffing.

Maintains a safe environment for patients and staff. Demonstrates knowledge of safety issues and proper use of equipment and supplies. Follows the established policy and procedures for use of equipment and supplies. Reports the need for equipment service/repairs to the Clinical Coordinator or the program director/nurse coordinator.

Assists in ordering and maintaining the Expressive Therapy supplies/equipment.

Keeps abreast of current assessment treatment modalities/strategies in Recreational/Expressive Therapy. Attends scheduled supervisory sessions and in-services related to area of specialty. Participates in outside workshops and conferences as indicated.

Observes changes in patients’ behavior and health condition and reports to RN.

Teaches and reinforces unit’s philosophy and regulations to patients and visitors.

Implements the hospital and unit policies regarding safety and security. Ensures appropriate procedures are followed in case of fire or fire drill, manages patient behavior and supervises groups closely to prevent injury and loss of control of patient and/or group.

Escorts patients to scheduled activities off the unit in accordance with unit policy.

Utilizes effective communication skills both verbally and in writing. Ensures entries in medical record are legible and demonstrates correct usage of English.

Utilizes supervision to appropriate self-awareness and growth; participates in supervision process by developing goals and taking action to reach identified goals; attends in-services offered to improve knowledge about patient care.

Performs other job-related duties as assigned.

Job Requirements


Bachelor’s degree in Recreational Therapy, Master's Degree preferred.

Current certification within the District of Columbia or nationally for Recreation Therapy, Art Therapy, Movement Therapy, or related field.

One Year of experience as Expressive Therapist, preferable in an inpatient setting.

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