Children's Memorial Hospital
General Summary of Position Responsibility:
Develops, provides and documents expressive arts therapy services and programs to patients of all ages within a medical service. Educates staff on the availability and provision of these services. Understands and integrates into the delivery of care the needs of children, adolescent and adult clients in regards to their physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs. Supports the hospital's continuous quality improvement and service excellence goals, and contributes to a work environment conducive to meeting these goals and standards.
Essential Job Functions:
Delivery of Clinical Services
Develops relationships with families and caregivers that are caring, trusting, reliable, and beneficial.
Collaborates to coordinate service delivery with families and appropriate team members across the continuum. Makes necessary referrals to other team members and/or community resources.
Identifies, assesses, and responds to child/family needs; includes in this process age-specific developmental needs for patients, infants to adolescents, seen in a medical service.
Assesses and plans treatment which includes goals to address psychosocial and developmental needs. Examples are to promote self-expression, promote social connectedness, enhance normalization of the hospital setting, increase coping, enhance pain management, reduce anxiety and agitation, promote relaxation, and enhance developmental supports through the arts.
Educates caregivers and staff to appropriate and effective inclusion of the arts in the healthcare setting as a support service for children and families.
May prepare patients for surgery, procedures or other related events.
Provides timely and effective interventions for families in emergency/crisis situations.
May supervise and facilitate group activity sessions and special events.
Works in collaboration with Volunteer Resources staff to assess volunteer coverage in programs. Develops and implements volunteer services for patients based on identified needs. Provides orientation, supervision and feedback to assigned volunteers. Works with volunteers and Volunteer Resources staff to resolve conflict proactively and collaboratively at the point of service.
Represents the Child Life Team and manages activities on evenings, weekends or holidays, as assigned.
Documents in a thorough and timely manner in accordance with professional standards.
Communicates with members of the health care team, through formal and informal means of transmitting information, in order to provide optimal care of patients and families. Communicates through both conveying and responding to pertinent information.
Advocates for and addresses the psychosocial/spiritual/developmental/cultural needs of the child and family throughout the continuum of care.
Participates in the team's group problem solving and program planning.
Handles difficult situations pro-actively and collaboratively at the point of service.
Develops new programs or projects to meet the needs of service area.
Actively participates in department or hospital committees.
Recognizes that response to the customer and the changing environment may involve going beyond the confines of the traditional job description.
Maintains an environment that reflects pride and ownership and shows a willingness to care for the surroundings.
Creates an impression that reflects pride in job position and person.
Professional Skills and Identity
Establishes annual goals and effectively works to meet these goals.
Assumes responsibility for professional development through participation in seminars, course work, and/or hospital educational programs.
Develops and implements plan for necessary professional credentials, and maintenance of such credentials.
Performs job functions adhering to service principles with customer service focus of innovation, service excellence and teamwork to provide the highest quality care and service to our patients, families, co-workers and others.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Requires knowledge of the expressive arts therapies normally acquired through the completion of a baccalaureate degree in music therapy or master’s degree in art therapy, drama therapy, dance/movement therapy, or poetry therapy with one to three years of experience in child life or equivalent position.
Ability to think pro-actively, act creatively and take initiative appropriately.
Ability to communicate effectively, work as a member of a team and adapt to the changing health care environment essential.
Spanish language abilities strongly preferred.
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Children's Memorial Hospital
Website : http://www.childrensmemorial.org
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, formerly Children’s Memorial Hospital, provides superior pediatric care in a setting that offers the latest benefits and innovations in medical technology, research and family-friendly design. As the largest pediatric provider in the region with a 130-year legacy of excellence, kids and their families are at the center of all we do. Learn more about our family-centered approach to care.