Art Therapist (Contract)

Job Details: Contract, 540.75 hours annually, one year

Closing Date: May 2, 2022

Open Positions: One

Job ID: 22-028


About CASA

CASA is a major non-profit community-based provider of mental health services for children, adolescents and their families within greater Edmonton and from Central and Northern Alberta. Since 1988, CASA has provided assessment and treatment services for up to 4,000 children and adolescents aged three to 18 each year through a continuum ranging from consultation in community outreach settings to intensive treatment programs.


Job Purpose

There is a contract position for an art therapist for up to 540.75 hours annually or approximately 13.5 hours per week. The position is at CASA Centre (Edmonton) and CASA House (Sherwood Park). The main responsibilities include the planning and implementation of art therapy groups for the Children’s Day Program (CDP) and Adolescent Day Program (ADP) from September to June at CASA Centre, and at CASA House, year-round.


This position requires a multi-disciplinary approach in tertiary level care programs, and collaboration and partnership with CASA mental health clinicians is essential. The art therapy program is designed to support children, youth and/or families meet their treatment goals.


Duties and Responsibilities

  • The art therapist is responsible for the development, administration and coordination of the art therapy program in consultation with the patient’s primary therapist and the program’s clinical director.

  • Delivering consistent weekly groups (two for each CDP and ADP, and two for CASA House).

  • Meeting the needs and therapeutic goals of each patient.

  • Implement art interventions that facilitate non-artistic goals such as sensory stimulation, positive failure, free exploration and socialization.

  • Participate in determining therapeutic objectives and goals from the art therapy perspective.

  • Coordinate, organize and implement art therapy programs in accordance with the clinical programs.

  • Ensure each patient’s physical, social, intellectual, spiritual and sensory emotional needs are met through group therapy in accordance with regulations.

  • Develop and maintain accurate records and communication to support clinical programming;

  • Consult with CASA mental health clinicians regularly.

  • Work from a trauma informed, milieu therapy and Dialectal Behavior Therapy (DBT) approach, as needed.



  • Must be a trained art therapist, and professional member of the Canadian Art Therapy Association, and actively working towards, or already hold, the Registered Canadian Art Therapist (RCAT) designation.

  • Minimum two years of experience in working with adolescents and/or children in a group setting.

  • Able to identify and implement new interventions for patients on an ongoing basis.

  • Ability to assume leadership in a group and collaborate with school teachers in CDP as needed.

  • Must have patience, tact, a friendly disposition, enthusiasm and strong communication skills.

  • Highly flexible, with solid interpersonal skills that allow one to work effectively in a diverse working environment.

  • Able to deal with people sensitively, diplomatically and professionally at all times.

  • Demonstrated understanding of patient safety procedures.

  • Able to build and maintain lasting relationships with clinical programs.

  • Strong problem identification and problem resolution skills.

Please note

  • While we appreciate all applications, only the successful candidates will be contacted.

  • All members of the CASA team are required to have a double vaccination status at this time.

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