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Therapist, Art
Title:Therapist, Art
Department:Childhelp Merv Griffin Village
Location:Beaumont, CA

About Childhelp

CEO and Co-Founder SaraO’Meara and President and Co-Founder Yvonne Fedderson started Childhelp in 1959, establishing it as a leading national non-profit organization dedicated to helping victims of child abuse and neglect and at-risk children. Childhelp focuses on advocacy, prevention, treatment and community outreach.

The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline, 1-800-4-A-CHILD®, operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and receives calls from throughout the United States, Canada, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Guam. Childhelp’s programs and services also include residential treatment services (villages); children’s advocacy centers; therapeutic foster care; group homes and child abuse prevention, education and training. Childhelp also created the National Day of Hope® that mobilizes people across America to join the fight against child abuse.  For more information about Childhelp, please visit the website at

About Childhelp Merv Griffin Village

The Childhelp Merv Griffin Village is located in Beaumont, California.  Beaumont is 90-miles east of Los Angeles and 30-miles west of Palm Springs off Highway 10.  Childhelp Merv Griffin Village  has been providing a healing home environment for severely abused, neglected, and at-risk children since 1978.  Producing a true community atmosphere, the Village houses as many as 84 children ranging in age from 6 to 14 years old.  The residents live in cottages and are grouped by age and treatment needs.   The children arrive at the Village experiencing severe behavioral and emotional problems as a result of their previous abusive or neglectful situations.  For many of these children, the Village and its multidisciplinary team (MDT) are their last hope in avoiding placement at a juvenile correctional facility.

It takes a whole village to raise a child.  A team of mental health professionals greets each child upon their arrival, equipped to develop an individualized treatment plan tailored to each child’s specific needs.  While at the Village, children receive on-site clinical services provided by Childhelp’s MDT.   The children learn to love themselves and trust others through comprehensive treatment, including psychological, educational, recreational, music, art, equine, wilderness, occupational, and speech therapy.  The dedicated, highly-trained, and passionate staff of therapists, teachers, behavioral health specialists, nurses, physicians, and chaplain work to cultivate trust in children who have known only betrayal, and build self-esteem in the young souls who have rarely been given reason to like themselves.

Position Summary:


                                The Art Therapist is responsible for the provision of art therapy services to selected                                         
children and the performance of art assessments on designated children and families.

                                Provide case management and therapy as assigned for village clients.  Participate as a

                                member of the Unit Treatment Team, working in conjunction with unit supervision.  



SUPERVISION:   The Art Therapist is supervised by the Clinical Director. In addition the incumbent will

                                Attend department meetings as scheduled.





                                1.             Attend appropriate clinical meetings as designated by the Clinical Director.


                                2.             Perform intake and discharge art assessments to evaluate the emotional and developmental needs on
                                                the children. 


                                3.             Attend Master Treatment Planning and review meetings on assigned cases and provide a summary of
                                                 of progress of therapeutic issues being addressed in art therapy 

                                4.             Provide written reports of all art assessments for case files.


                                5.             Carry a selected caseload of childrne in both individual and group art therapy.  Provide progress notes in 
                                                the applicable format to be kept in the clients main case file.    


                                6.             Provide advocacy and clinical insight on assigned cases in all staffing or meetings pertaining to

                                                Assigned case, such as Treatment Planning, IEP meetings, Administrative Case Reviews, etc.


                                7.             Compete timely, comprehensive documentation in the Clinical Record of all service rendered in

                                                Accordance with policies and procedures. 


                                8.             Provide routine formal and informal training as assigned by the Clinical Director. 


                                9.             Complete progress summary to the treatment team after each 12 week session.






Required:               Master’s degree in Social work or related field and emphasis in Art Therapy, Fine Art or other related specialties. Education will qualify candidate as a LMFT or LCSW intern.   Minimum two years experience working in a mental health setting working with children providing art therapy.  Certification in Art Therapy. 


Preferred:               All of the above plus State of California License as a Marriage Family Therapist or

Clinical Social Worker.  Minimum of one year experience working in a mental health setting with children providing art therapy








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