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Therapeutic Creative Arts

Learning Pathway Component

As an agency serving children, youth, and young adults, Ryther understands how effective arts-based and creative interventions can be when engaging and treating youth.  Across our programs, Ryther uses a variety of creative arts interventions, including drama, visual arts, and movement-based treatments.  Interns in this Learning Pathway will work broadly across nearly all of Ryther’s programs to implement a variety of interventions in individual and group settings.

We are currently accepting the following internship applications for this Learning Pathway:


1st Year / Generalist Master's
2nd Year / Advanced Master's


1st Year / Generalist Master's
2nd Year / Advanced Master's

FALL 2024

1st Year / Generalist Master’s
2nd Year / Advanced Master’s


1st Year / Generalist Master’s

Common Learning Activities:

  • Co-facilitate group therapies that are arts-based or have an arts-based component

  • Develop, plan, and implement creative arts interventions with individuals and groups

  • Participate in a broad range of creative therapeutic interventions, such as drama, visual arts, role playing games, experiential therapy, and more

  • Provide individual, family, and group therapy with in both outpatient and inpatient settings

  • Practicing the integration of arts-modalities with other evidence-based treatments

  • Gain experience with in-person and virtual therapy

  • Learn from weekly Individual and group supervisions

  • Collaborate at weekly team meetings, including multi-disciplinary case consults (“grand rounds”)



Our rigorous onboarding process includes a variety of core trainings such as:

  • Motivational Interviewing

  • Behavior management and crisis de-escalation

  • Trauma-informed care

  • Record keeping and clinical writing

  • Workplace expectations

  • Ethical decision-making

  • Case management skills


Additionally, students in this Learning Pathway get specific training and supervision in:

  • Introductory training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Applying Trauma Informed Practices in therapeutic relationships

  • Trauma-Focused CBT (Clinical/final years master’s interns only)



To fully participate in this Learning Pathway, interns should meet the following requirements:

  • Available to attend required team meetings on Wednesdays 11am-12pm (virtual or in-person).

  • Available for in-person therapy groups for at least two afternoons/evenings per week.  Group times vary but generally offered Monday-Thursday with start times between 3:00-5:30pm. 

  • Able to work in-person for specific groups and individual therapy sessions.  Some hybrid work is available.

  • Can maintain practicum placement for no less than 6 months (2 quarters) with preference for those who can commit to 9 months or longer.  Bachelor’s students will be considered for single quarter/semester placements.

  • Able to complete assigned tasks outside of their specific Learning Pathway based on agency needs, school/program requirements, and individual learning goals.

  • Acceptance of and ability to work with individuals and families with a variety of identities, behaviors, and cultural and spiritual practices with the ability to apply a social justice and equity lens to all aspects of this work.

For further information, contact the Director of Learning and Vocation

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