Art Therapist - Psychosocial Division – Cancer Center

Position: Art Therapist - Psychosocial Division – Cancer Center

Job ID: 152176

Location: US-TX-Houston


Talent Area: Professional - Clinical

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Shift: 8a - 5p

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Since 1954, Texas Children’s has been leading the charge in patient care, education and research to accelerate health care for children and women around the world. When you love what you do, it truly shows in the smiles of our patient families, employees and our numerous accolades such as being consistently ranked as the best children’s hospital in Texas, and among the top in the nation by U.S.News & World Report as well as recognition from Houston Business Journal as one of this city’s Best Places to Work for ten consecutive years.   Texas Children’s comprehensive health care network includes our primary hospital in the Texas Medical Center with expertise in over 40 pediatric subspecialties; the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute (NRI); the Feigin Center for pediatric research; Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women, a comprehensive obstetrics/gynecology facility focusing on high-risk births; Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus, a community hospital in suburban West Houston; and Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands, the first hospital devoted to children’s care for communities north of Houston. We have also created the nation’s first HMO for children, established the largest pediatric primary care network in the country and a global health program that is channeling care to children and women all over the world. Texas Children’s Hospital is also academically affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, one of the largest, most diverse and successful pediatric programs in the nation.   To join our community of 14,000+ dedicated team members, visit for career opportunities. You can also learn more about our amazing culture at  


We are searching for an Art Therapist — someone who works well in a fast-paced setting. In this position, you’ll implement and provide art therapy to help meet the emotional, developmental, and social needs of children in a healthcare setting. You will provide opportunities for children to gain a sense of mastery, offer learning experiences, and encourage family and peer interaction.


Think you’ve got what it takes?


Responsibilities :

  • Conduct formal and informal developmental assessments of psychosocial needs of patients and families as evidenced by documentation in the medical record
  • Prioritize patient needs daily through review of current patient needs and verbal consultation with child life and unit staff
  • Assess coping styles of patients and families during introduction of service to develop a therapeutic plan of care that incorporates patient and family needs, interests, and abilities
  • Collaborate with patient and family to develop long and short-term goals and document this in the patient chart
  • Provide developmentally-appropriate environments and activities for patients and determine the benefits of group vs. individual therapeutic interventions
  • Provide interventions that increase emotional support to patients and families during identified stress points in order to facilitate adaptive coping
  • Promote a safe environment within the hospital and communicate the benefits of art therapy to the healthcare team
  • Develop and promote volunteer programming to strengthen the arts therapy programming
  • Review the program yearly to determine process or program improvements
  • Review research to purpose and implement new ideas for art therapy programming


  • Master’s degree required
  • ATR or ATR-BC certification required

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