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Expressive Art Therapist

Company: Universal Health Services
Location: Anchorage
Posted on: June 12, 2021

Job Description:


Expressive Art Therapist Opportunity

North Star Behavioral Health is one of Alaska's premier mental health facilities offering hope and healing for children, teens and adults who struggle with psychiatric or substance abuse issues. We also offer military-specific care to first responders, service members, veterans and dependents at the Chris Kyle Patriots Hospital. We provide an environment that puts patient care first through excellent care, comfort, and security to the patients and families we treat, at their most vulnerable times. When you work at North Star Behavioral Health, you are never alone, as you are part of a large network of peers and leaders that routinely exchange ideas and review current topics within the industry. With us, you have the opportunity to grow, learn, and advance in your career through robust continuing education opportunities and career advancement with UHS.

The Expressive Art Therapist is a key member of the Northstar Behavioral Health Team who provides therapeutic recreational and expressive therapy services to patients. Serves as a member of the interdisciplinary treatment team and supports the facility's treatment program and philosophy.


  • Complete Activity Therapy assessments on all assigned cases; meet with each resident within timelines given, summarizing individual ability, motivation, and preference.
  • Participate in Master Treatment planning and provide input towards treatment plan updates. Accurately document behaviors in the Therapeutic Progress section of each monthly Treatment Plan Update on assigned
  • cases.
  • Provide therapeutic recreation and expressive therapy groups as assigned and according to the unit schedule; group interventions directly related to Treatment Plan objectives; effectively manage group process to maximize therapeutic benefit.
  • Maintain a safe and therapeutic environment; organize the activity therapy area to minimize injuries, oversee the maintenance of equipment used in experiential activities.
  • Support departmental goals by offering and accepting constructive feedback in all professional relationships, demonstrating healthy boundaries, modifying behavior in response to feedback.
  • Work with interdisciplinary team to support rules and expectations, communicating plans for activities in advance, bringing concerns or input in support of the therapeutic milieu.
  • Demonstrates a thorough understanding of behavioral concepts applicable to the treatment of psychiatric patient population.



  • Bachelor's degree in specific discipline of Expressive Therapy such as Art Therapy, Music Therapy, Recreation Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Psychology or related field.
  • Certification in specific discipline preferred.


  • Challenging & Rewarding Work Environment
  • Competitive Compensation & Generous Paid Time Off
  • Excellent Medical, Dental, Vision, and Prescription Drug Plans
  • 401(K) with Company Match & Discounted Stock Plan
  • SoFi Student Loan Refinancing Program
  • Career Development Opportunities within UHS and its 300+ Subsidiaries!
  • Tuition Assistance

One of the nation's largest and most respected providers of hospital and healthcare services, Universal Health Services, Inc. has built an impressive record of achievement and performance. Growing steadily since its inception into an esteemed Fortune 500 corporation, annual revenues exceeding $11 billion in 2019. In 2020, UHS was again recognized as one of the World's Most Admired Companies by Fortune on Fortune 500; and recognized in Forbes ranking of America's Top 500 Public Companies. Headquartered in Kind of Prussia, PA, UHS has over 90,000 employees and through its subsidiaries operates 26 acute care hospitals, 328 behavioral health facilities, 42 outpatient facilities and ambulatory care access points, an insurance offering, a physician network, and various related services located in 37 US states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, and the United Kingdom.

If you would like to learn more about the Expressive Art Therapist position before applying, please contact Samantha Cathey by email at

EEO Statement

All UHS subsidiaries are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and teammates. UHS subsidiaries are equal opportunity employers and as such, openly support and fully commit to recruitment, selection, placement, promotion and compensation of individuals without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), genetic information, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

We believe that diversity and inclusion among our teammates is critical to our success.


At UHS and all subsidiaries, our Human Resources departments and recruiters are here to help prospective candidates with matching skillset and experience with the best possible career at UHS and our subsidiaries. We take pride in creating a highly efficient and best in class candidate experience. During the recruitment process, no recruiter or employee will request financial or personal information (Social Security Number, credit card or bank information, etc.) from you via email. The recruiters will not email you from a public webmail client like Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo Mail etc. If you feel suspicious of a job posting or job-related email, let us know by contacting us at: or 1-800-852-3449

Keywords: Universal Health Services, Anchorage , Expressive Art Therapist, Other , Anchorage, Alaska

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