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Music Therapist – Friendship Academy

The Watson Institute is hiring a full-time Music Therapist at our Watson Institute Friendship Academy special education school. This position will work three days per week.

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Employment Type: Full-time

Music Therapist Job Responsibilities:

  • Conduct patient and family assessments and collaborate with attending psychiatrist to determine diagnosis and appropriate treatment plan.
  • Provide direct treatment to patients and families, utilizing evidence-based music therapy treatments that address issues of trauma, grief and loss, and mood disorders.
  • Facilitate interventions to increase emotion regulation and coping skills, reduce anxiety and support relaxation. Use music therapy to improve communication, manage stress, and promote wellness.
  • Music therapy interventions may include: Therapeutic singing, improvisational music making, songwriting and recording, lyric analysis and visualization.
  • Conduct individual, group and family therapy with assigned patients.
  • Evaluate patient and family data, select appropriate intervention methods, and implement treatment programs in conjunction with multidisciplinary team based on an understanding of psychiatric symptomatology and family systems principles.
  • Attend and participate in scheduled treatment team meetings: reviewing treatment plans, updating goals and objectives, discussing individual and family treatment progress, and reviewing prescribed medication.
  • Function as a liaison with community agencies and organizations to facilitate continuity of patient and family care.
  • Collaborate with family and staff involved in patient care to maintain open communication and positive working relationships.
  • Participate in ongoing training and supervision.
  • Maintain accurate and complete case records in a timely manner.
  • Meet productivity requirements as set by the Director.

Music Therapist Job Requirements:

  • Master’s Degree in Music Therapy, Certification required
  • Ability to demonstrate knowledge of music therapy research and use best practices in clinical interventions
  • Significant clinical experience using music therapy in a psychiatric setting working with children and families diagnosed with a variety of psychiatric disorders. Provide individual, group and family therapy as indicated.
  • Demonstrate musical skills including: soothing singing voice, guitar and piano proficiency, and knowledge of other recreational instruments
  • Ability to work a flexible work schedule including some evenings
  • Strong interpersonal, organizational and written/oral communication skills