University of Utah Health Care

  • Creative Arts Therapist

    Requisition Number
    Employment Type
    Work Schedule
    The Wellness Center is open 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. but this position will support inpatient care which is open 24/7
    Location Name
    Huntsman Cancer Hospital
    Patient Care?
  • Overview

    As a patient-focused organization, University of Utah Health exists to enhance the health and well-being of people through patient care, research and education. Success in this mission requires a culture of collaboration, excellence, leadership, and respect. University of Utah Health seeks staff that are committed to the values of compassion, collaboration, innovation, responsibility, diversity, integrity, quality and trust that are integral to our mission. EO/AA

    This position develops and implements creative arts treatment programs through music therapy or art therapy and ensures safe and appropriate therapeutic services are provided to the patient. Challenges encountered by incumbent include, but are not limited to, developing and presenting treatment methods that will be appropriate and will contribute to the treatment of the patient, adapt intervention to meet individual needs while conducting intervention in a group format.


    • Provides safe and appropriate specialized programs.
    • Assesses patients, develops and implements treatment programs to meet the goals of treatment services and patient needs.
    • Establishes treatment goals.
    • Evaluates therapy results and modifies treatment plans accordingly.
    • Develops discharge plans in collaboration with patient, family and treatment team members.
    • Participates as an active member of the treatment team.
    • Participates in the department and service delivery unit's quality improvement programs.
    • Evaluates and assists in procurement of needed resources.
    • May assist in orientation, supervision and professional development of new staff and students.
    • Program changes are recommended to the Program Director and/or the Manager of Expressive Therapies and implemented only after obtaining proper authorization and/or consent from supervisors.

    Knowledge / Skills / Abilities

    • Ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined above.
    • Demonstrated human relations and effective communication skills.
    • Care is appropriate to the population served.
    • Ability to provide input on the individualized treatment goals and objectives as a member of the interdisciplinary treatment team.
    • Ability to implement the proper treatment interventions for individual patients based on assessed needs and limitations. The incumbent communicates with patients and families regarding the program structure and treatment plan and monitors the patient's progress making modifications to services as needed. The incumbent is required to abide by established hospital policies and procedures as well as practices determined by the "Standards of Practice for Art Therapy" or the "Standards of Practice for Music Therapy".
    • In performing daily work responsibilities with patients, the incumbent must constantly monitor safety and be able to foresee problems before they become a crisis. It may be required to address and resolve crisis situations involving patients.
    • Demonstrated knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of the patients served on his or her assigned unit. The individual must demonstrate knowledge of the principles of life span growth and development and the ability to assess data regarding the patient's status and provide care as described in the department's policies and procedures manual.




    • Music Therapy positions require a bachelor's degree in music therapy or music with an equivalency in music therapy, certification by the Board of Music Therapy (MT-BC).
    • Art Therapy positions require a master's degree in art therapy; art therapist registration (ATR) by the American Art Therapy Association within one year of employment.

    Qualifications (Preferred)


    • Two years of related experience and/or a graduate degree in music therapy and national certification in advanced therapy techniques and applications.
    • Basic Life Support Health Care Provider Card through American Heart Association or obtain within one month of hire.

    Working Conditions and Physical Demands

    Employee must be able to meet the following requirements with or without an accommodation.

    • This position involves intermediate working conditions in a healthcare setting that may exert up to 50 pounds and may consistently require lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling, or otherwise moving patients or objects, such as medical equipment, while providing patient care.

    Physical Requirements

    Carrying, Climbing, Color Determination, Crawling, Far Vision, Lifting, Listening, Manual Dexterity, Near Vision, Pulling and/or Pushing, Reaching, Sitting, Speaking, Standing, Stooping and Crouching, Tasting or Smelling, Walking


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