The Artistic Behavioral Health Specialist will primarily provide psychosocial rehabilitation services and skill-building classes to adults in a supportive art studio environment. Incumbent must be able to exercise discretion and independent judgment.
**multiple positions in Phoenix and Bisbee Arizona
Experience providing psychosocial rehabilitation services to adult participant populations and/or youth and families preferred. Behavioral health experience/education to qualify as a Behavioral Health Technician (BHT). Master’s degree in marriage and family therapy, social work, counseling, psychology or related human service field or equivalent work experience. National and/or Arizona certification as a mental health professional, social worker and/or counselor preferred. ATR or Master’s in Art Therapy a “plus.” Bilingual preferred but not required.
***MUST BE ABLE TO PROVIDE***
Valid Arizona driver license or valid other state license with ability to obtain valid Arizona license by hire date. Valid automobile insurance. Copy of highest education certificate or transcript showing graduation. Current CPR and First Aid certifications or ability to obtain within thirty (30) days of hire. Current Fingerprint Card or ability to obtain within ninety (90) days of hire. Five-year MVD report (driving record) that meets the agency’s auto insurance carrier’s coverage requirements.
Behavioral health assessment and rehabilitation. Principles and methods of psychosocial rehabilitation. Special needs and characteristics of the participant population. Counseling principles and methods. Methods used to prevent violent behavior or behavior harmful to the participant or others. How to provide behavior management in crisis situations. Indications, common side effects, reactions and interactions of medications commonly used by the participant population. Where to access resources for assistance. How to document participant activities and progress according to accepted professional and agency standards.
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Ability to facilitate art related groups and classes. Group process and group facilitation. Provision of recreational and social activities, life skills training and/or milieu activities. Develop and implement treatment plans within the framework of a clinical team. Develop groups that will address skills deficits through specific content and focus. Can promote participant responsibility, mastery and to recognize symptom exacerbation. Creative, energetic, flexible and to serve as a healthy role model for participants.
· Ability to provide behavior management and activity supervision Physical Requirements
Must be able to lift and carry boxes/packages up to 50 pounds as needed. Must be able to push and pull file cabinet/desk drawers open and closed daily
Must be able to retrieve items/supplies on overhead shelves and bend/stoop to reach files, supplies and items located in bottom cabinets.
Manual dexterity sufficient to use calculator, telephone, keyboard and various office machines on a daily basis and be able to write. Must be able to communicate both in person and on the telephone, enter information on the computer and read various instructions. Be able to read numbers, reports, and computer terminals. Operating an agency motor vehicle, other vehicle, equipment, machinery or power tools.
Must be able to analyze many variables and choose the most effective course of action. Personal maturity is an important attribute. Must be able to resolve problems, handle conflict and make effective decisions under pressure. Ability to give, receive, and analyze information, prepare written materials, and articulate goals and action plans. Ability to do simple math calculations, input data into the computer, and analyze data as requested.
Equipment to Be Used
Must be able to operate computer and other office machines such as fax, calculator, telephone, copy machine, and so on.
Usually works in a typical office setting or open art studio
Mission: To promote empowerment and recovery through the power of creative expression with adults and youth who face behavioral health challenges.
In late fall of 2000, PSA Art Awakenings was born out of PSA (People Service Action) Behavioral Health Agency, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization incorporated in 1971 whose mission is to enhance and empower the mental health community t...hrough creativity, innovation, and diversity. The brainchild of PSA Chief Executive Officer Sara Marriott, PSA Art Awakenings began as a consumer run business with funding from the Rehabilitation Services Administration and only four adult consumers creating and selling artwork.
Today the program is funded by Magellan of Arizona, Cenpatico, Governor’s Office for Children, Youth & Family, People of Color Network, Southwest Network, Community Partnership of Southern Arizona, Quality Care Network, and Gila River Indian Community.
From its modest beginning, PSA Art Awakenings has grown into a significant psycho-social rehabilitation program with 12 studios and five galleries serving approximately 1,000 artists annually – all working toward empowerment and recovery through creativity.
With locations in Cochise, Maricopa, La Paz, Pinal, Pima, and Yuma Counties, the PSA Art Awakenings downtown Phoenix Studio serves the largest number of artists in comparison to its sister studios in Bisbee, Casa Grande, Douglas, NW Phoenix (formerly Glendale), Tempe, Tucson, Parker, Quartzsite, and Yuma.
The Warehouse 1005 is a unique independent extension of the PSA Art Awakenings’ family. This studio and gallery afford adult artists who have graduated from the program the opportunity to develop their artistic skills and maintain wellness at a more independent level of self-sufficiency.
The Studios provide a safe, supportive environment for adults and children to foster exploration and development of artistic skills. Participants’ distinct talents are acknowledged from the start, with each being referred to as an “artist” who learns respect for self and others, personal accountability, and pride in accomplishments while developing enhanced self-esteem and wellness management skills.
Therapeutic art groups are provided for adults and children to promote the healing power of creativity and self-expression. Participants readily admit that creating art helps reduce stress and the intensity of psychiatric symptoms. Studios, known as “the place where the magic happens”, also offer visual arts, poetry, music, movement, drama, pre-job training, socialization and education.