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Art Therapist

Job Details

Human Services - Milwaukee, WI
Graduate Degree
$45,000.00 Salary/year



Provide services to UCC programs in the areas of Art therapy in various settings/modalities, and children’s day treatment. AODA residential and day treatment and with the elder community and dementia units.




  • Determine the Art therapy needs of each modality by becoming familiar with the population.
  • Assist counselors and clients in developing and implementing an art therapy plan/component to enhance treatment.
  • Encourage clients to express emotion and explore their problems using a wide range of art materials, enabling positive change and personal growth.
  • Uses the creative process of artmaking to improve and enhance the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of clients.
  • Keep up to date with research and new ideas, keeping license/certifications up to date.
  • Planning, designing, and facilitating a schedule of activities with individual clients and client grips.
  • Keeps up to date with administration, making phone calls, writing reports and case notes, and drafting letters to other professionals as needed.
  • Constructively challenges the behavior and attitude of clients.
  • Assess the needs of the clients by listening and providing guidance.
  • Obtains information and clarity options from other professionals on the team including therapist, psychiatrist, psychologist, and program manager.
  • Facilitates art exploration, to improve hand-eye coordination, and assists in encouraging a healthier lifestyle and alternative healthy behaviors/expression.   
  • Maintains follow-up with participants to determine and ensure positive outcomes/success.
  • Plans and conducts art therapy programs to rehabilitate social, psychological, and physical disabilities.
  • Confers with members of the medically oriented team to determine the physical and psychological needs of the client.
  • Devises art therapy programs to fulfill physical and psychological needs.
  • Instruct individuals and groups in the use of various art materials, such as paint, clay, and yarn.
  • Appraises client’s art projection recovery progress.
  • Uses their skills in evaluation and psychotherapy to choose materials and interventions appropriate to the client’s needs, designs sessions to achieve therapeutic goals and objectives.
  • Maintain appropriate charts, records, and periodic reports on client’s progress as required per department guidelines and professional standards.
  • Participates in professional staff meetings and conferences and provides information and consultation regarding clients’ clinical progress.
  • Conducts a three-way process between clients, therapist (self), and the art produced.
  • Maintains and repairs art materials and equipment.
  • Other duties as assigned by the supervisor.    


  • Works with clinical supervisor, Psychiatrist, Psychologist, Registered Nurse and Director of Human Services to plan, implement, and evaluate treatment plan/progress on a regular basis.
  • Represents program at various community functions.
  • Maintains working relationships with RSC’s, PO’s, Caseworkers involved in participant’s life/ treatment programs.
  • Notifies RSC internally or externally of discharge/ or change in the level of care in order for GPRA to be completed, meets standards set by funding source/ contract.
  • Presents a positive and professional role model for all staff and clients.
  • Shares the responsibility towards creating and sustaining an environment that humanizes and individualizes each client.
  • Other duties as assigned by the manager.
  • Supports the goals of the agency’s mission.




  • Ability to interact effectively with people from diverse backgrounds.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, verbally, and in writing.
  • Demonstrated computer literacy skills, using MS Office, Google applications, and other basic data systems including internet navigation.
  • Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently.




A registered art therapist or art psychotherapist is preferred. Master’s degree in social work or related field. At least 3 years of experience in Art Therapy Bilingual (Spanish/English) is desirable.  Previous experience working with children, adolescents, and adults’ families, Valid WI driver’s license and insurance. Computer skills in word, excel, PowerPoint, and outlook.





Business environment, general office, and local travel as requested.

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