Animal Assisted Therapy Coordinator

 
Position: Animal Assisted Therapy Coordinator

Job ID: 149700

Location: US-TX-Houston

Department: PAWSITIVE PLAY

Talent Area: Professional - Clinical

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Shift: 8am-5pm

About Texas Children's Hospital

Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands, the first hospital devoted to children’s care for communities north of Houston, opened its doors in April 2017. Located in one of the fastest growing areas in north Houston, the hospital, which has a staff of over 600, has already provided thousands of patients with specialty care closer to home. The outpatient building, which opened in October 2016, includes 72 exam rooms and clinics for major pediatric specialties including cancer, cardiology, allergy/immunology/rheumatology and diabetes/endocrinology. The hospital’s inpatient building features the area’s only dedicated pediatric emergency center with 25 patient rooms, 32 acute care beds, four operating rooms, 12 radiology suites and 28 critical care rooms.   To join our community of 13,000 dedicated team members, visit texaschildrenspeople.org for career opportunities. You can also learn more about our amazing culture at infinitepassion.org.

Summary:

We are searching for an Animal Assisted Therapy Coordinator– someone who works well in a fast-paced setting. In this position, you will implement and provide a comprehensive animal-assisted therapy facility dog program that supports the emotional, developmental, and social needs of children in a healthcare setting. This role will also provide opportunities for children to gain a sense of mastery, offer play and learning experiences, and encouraging family and peer interaction through animal-assisted therapy.

 

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Responsibilities :

  • Coordinates and executes safe, therapeutic animal-assisted therapy
  • Provides child life assessments and normalizes the hospital environment for patients and families 
  • Promotes and provides developmentally appropriate interventions for patients and families 
  • Represents and communicates psychosocial issues of pediatric health care and the benefits of animal-assisted therapy to professionals outside of child life 
  • Participates in the professional development of self and other child life professionals 
  • Collaborates in an intradepartmental effort to support the mission and vision of the Child Life department


Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Child Life or related field required 
  • Certification for Child Life Specialist from the Association of Child Life Professionals required 
  • 2 years of experience as a Child Life Specialist required 
  • Experience with the care of animals preferred

 



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