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

The Art Therapist is responsible for providing counseling and behavioral therapeutic services to children using art as the therapeutic modality to individuals and groups, and completing required documentation per Childhelp policy, in this Short-Term Residential Treatment facility. Art therapy can include the use of, but is not limited to, drawing, crafts, painting, ceramics, scrapbooking and stamping, etc.

SUPERVISOR: The Art Therapist is supervised by the Director Clinical Services.


1. Provide art therapy services to children as assigned by the Director, Clinical Services.
2. Evaluate each resident child's need for and ability to use art therapy.
3. Provide process notes in the applicable format to keep in the resident's main case file.
4. Prepare accurate descriptions of services being rendered within the art therapy department.
5. Attends appropriate clinical meetings as designated by the Clinical Supervisor.
6. Provides routine formal and informal training on the use of art as a therapeutic tool.
7. Testifies in court when subpoenaed or as requested.
8. May assist the clinical department by carrying a caseload of residents during periods of absence or vacation of clinical staff.



Master’s Degree Counseling with a background in art (preferably visual arts to include drawing, painting or sculpture), at least two (2) years’ experience working with children providing art therapy, with one year in a children’s short-term residential treatment setting.



Licensed Clinical Social Worker or LMFT in the State of California with the Certification in Art Therapy, and at least one-year experience with children and families, preferably in an in-patient or residential setting. Registration as an Art Therapist (ATR).



Additional Requirements:





Verification that the following academic or experiential requirements have been met:

  1. Completion of at least 3 semester units OR 100 days of field practice or experience in a public or private social service agency at the Master’s level.
  1. At least 9 semester units of coursework related to children and families OR 18 month experience working with children and families.
  1. At least 3 semester units working with minority populations; OR 6 months experience working with minority populations; OR 6 months’ in-service training working with minority populations within the first year of employment as a condition of employment.
  1. At least 3 semester units in child welfare OR two years’ experience in a public or private child welfare social services setting.


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

  1. 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.

    While at the Village, children receive on-site clinical services. children learn to love themselves and trust others through comprehensive treatment, including psychological, educational, recreational, music, art, equine, wilderness, occupational, and speech therapy.

    Childhelp is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer


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