Reports to the Youth and Volunteer Engagement Supervisor. Plans, organizes and directs Music Therapy activities as part of mental and physical health care treatment of youth to influence behavioral and psychological changes leading to restoration and improvement of emotional health. Effectively utilizes verbal and written communication skills. Requires knowledge of trauma exposure, knowledge of the 5 S's of trauma: Safety, Self-Regulation/Soothing, Supportive, Strengths, Self-Care, and an understanding of and recognition of the signs of traumatic stress. Must be able to effectively use both verbal and physical intervention skills with individuals six (6) through twenty-one (21) years of age. Physical intervention skills require the ability to kneel and return to standing without assistance. Requires flexibility to adjust work schedule according to the needs of the program.
- Completes individual assessment of youth within 5 days of admission utilizing established departmental assessment procedures
- Maintains involvement in departmental planning from a comprehensive as well as specific program planning perspective, participating in needs assessments, team meetings and department meetings
- Implements specific programs, special events and other activities as generally designed in specific program description
- Evaluates specific programs as established by departmental procedure
- Completes formal documentation as established by departmental procedure
- Requires knowledge of typical child and adolescent development and an understanding of trauma exposure and traumatic stress signs and symptoms.
- Practice will include using strategies that support healing, recovery, and that resist re-traumatization
- Engage caregivers, parents, family members and others by sharing strengths and challenges experienced by program participants
- Maintains membership in professional organizations and keeps current credentials in appropriate/relevant discipline and maintains professional organizational involvement
- Establishes and maintains professional relationships with youth and responds to problem behaviors with methods established by departmental and agency policies
- Uses active and reflective listening skills and affirmations to demonstrate respect and empathy, avoiding negative and derogatory labels that foster disrespect
- Understand that behaviors, responses, attitudes, and emotions are a collection of survival skills often developed in response to traumatic experiences
- Maintain confidentiality of employees, volunteers, and program participants to provide a safe environment
- Attend at least two trainings related to being trauma informed in a twelve month period
- Maintain eligibility to serve as the Internship Director and Supervising Music Therapist for the National Roster Internship Program through the American Music Therapy Association.
- Ability to work effectively with program participants and family members, employees and vendors in a culturally diverse environment to support healing and recovery
- Participates in the development and implementation of continuous quality improvement activities as assigned
- Other duties as assigned
- Bachelor's degree in Music Therapy
- Registered Music Therapist or eligible
- Maintains membership with the American Music Therapy Association
- Knowledge of childhood trauma and prior experience working in settings with youth and families that have been exposed to trauma or experiencing traumatic stress preferred
- Knowledge of youth development, adolescent issues, positive youth development/strength based approach preferred
- Personal vehicle or access to vehicle and proof of insurance
- Valid Illinois Driver's license
- No history of child abuse or neglect
- Ability to pass background and drug screen
This position meets the FLSA requirements for Exempt.