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Working As An Expressive Therapist

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Deal with People

  • Make Decisions

  • Stressful

  • $48,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Expressive Therapist Do

Physical therapists, sometimes called PTs, help injured or ill people improve their movement and manage their pain. These therapists are often an important part of rehabilitation, treatment, and prevention of patients with chronic conditions, illnesses, or injuries.

Duties

Physical therapists typically do the following:

  • Review patients’ medical history and any referrals or notes from doctors, surgeons, or other healthcare workers
  • Diagnose patients’ functions and movements by observing them stand or walk and by listening to their concerns, among other methods
  • Develop individualized plans of care for patients, outlining the patients’ goals and the expected outcomes of the plans
  • Use exercises, stretching maneuvers, hands-on therapy, and equipment to ease patients’ pain, help them increase their mobility, prevent further pain or injury, and facilitate health and wellness
  • Evaluate and record a patient’s progress, modifying a plan of care and trying new treatments as needed
  • Educate patients and their families about what to expect from the recovery process and how best to cope with challenges throughout the process

Physical therapists provide care to people of all ages who have functional problems resulting from back and neck injuries; sprains, strains, and fractures; arthritis; amputations; neurological disorders, such as stroke or cerebral palsy; injuries related to work and sports; and other conditions.

Physical therapists are educated to use a variety of different techniques to care for their patients. These techniques include exercises; training in functional movement, which includes the use of equipment such as canes, crutches, wheelchairs, and walkers; and special movements of joints, muscles, and other soft tissue to improve movement and decrease pain.

The work of physical therapists varies by type of patient. For example, a patient working to recover mobility lost after a stroke needs different care from a patient who is recovering from a sports injury. Some physical therapists specialize in one type of care, such as orthopedics or geriatrics. Many physical therapists also help patients to maintain or improve mobility by developing fitness and wellness programs to encourage healthier and more active lifestyles.

Physical therapists work as part of a healthcare team, overseeing the work of physical therapist assistants and aides and consulting with physicians and surgeons and other specialists.

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How To Become An Expressive Therapist

Physical therapists need a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. All states require physical therapists to be licensed.

Education

In 2015, there were more than 200 programs for physical therapists accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). All programs offer a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree.

DPT programs typically last 3 years. Most programs require a bachelor’s degree for admission as well as specific educational prerequisites, such as classes in anatomy, physiology, biology, chemistry, and physics. Some programs admit college freshmen into 6- or 7-year programs that allow students to graduate with both a bachelor’s degree and a DPT. Most DPT programs require applicants to apply through the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS).

Physical therapist programs often include courses in biomechanics, anatomy, physiology, neuroscience, and pharmacology. Physical therapist students also complete at least 30 weeks of clinical work, during which they gain supervised experience in areas such as acute care and orthopedic care.

Physical therapists may apply to and complete a clinical residency program after graduation. Residencies typically last about 1 year and provide additional training and experience in specialty areas of care. Therapists who have completed a residency program may choose to specialize further by completing a fellowship in an advanced clinical area.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

All states require physical therapists to be licensed. Licensing requirements vary by state but all include passing the National Physical Therapy Examination administered by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy. Several states also require a law exam and a criminal background check. Continuing education is typically required for physical therapists to keep their license. Check with state boards for specific licensing requirements.

After gaining work experience, some physical therapists choose to become a board-certified specialist. The American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties offers certification in 8 clinical specialty areas, including orthopedics, sports, and geriatric physical therapy. Board specialist certification requires passing an exam and at least 2,000 hours of clinical work or completion of an American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)-accredited residency program in the specialty area.

Important Qualities

Compassion. Physical therapists are often drawn to the profession in part by a desire to help people. They work with people who are in pain and must have empathy for their patients.

Detail oriented. Like other healthcare providers, physical therapists should have strong analytic and observational skills to diagnose a patient’s problem, evaluate treatments, and provide safe, effective care.

Dexterity. Physical therapists must use their hands to provide manual therapy and therapeutic exercises. They should feel comfortable massaging and otherwise physically assisting patients.

Interpersonal skills. Because physical therapists spend a lot of time interacting with patients, they should enjoy working with people. They must be able to clearly explain treatment programs, motivate patients, and listen to patients’ concerns to provide effective therapy.

Physical stamina. Physical therapists spend much of their time on their feet, moving as they demonstrate proper techniques and help patients perform exercises. They should enjoy physical activity.

Resourcefulness. Physical therapists customize treatment plans for patients. They must be flexible and able to adapt plans of care to meet the needs of each patient.

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Average Length of Employment
Senior Therapist 3.8 years
Drama Therapist 3.6 years
Activity Therapist 3.0 years
Clinical Therapist 2.9 years
Lead Therapist 2.9 years
Therapist 2.7 years
Milieu Therapist 2.6 years
Group Therapist 2.4 years
Top Careers Before Expressive Therapist
Internship 13.9%
Clinician 4.6%
Teacher 4.2%
Volunteer 3.2%
Counselor 2.3%
Top Careers After Expressive Therapist
Clinician 12.2%
Therapist 8.2%
Counselor 4.1%
Instructor 3.4%
Consultant 3.4%
Specialist 2.7%

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Top Skills for An Expressive Therapist

  1. Creative Expression
  2. Group Therapy Sessions
  3. Treatment Plans
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Implemented art, music, creative expression, and role-playing as forms of expressive therapy.
  • Maintained a core focus on strategically implementing art therapy methods into family therapy programs and treatment plans.
  • Facilitated expressive therapy groups and provided direct care to women with eating disorders in a residential setting
  • Lead daily music therapy groups for patients on the Geriatric Psych unit.
  • Provide short-term inpatient psychiatric support and crisis intervention for patients suffering with acute mental illness and/or substance abuse.

Expressive Therapist Demographics

Gender

Female

74.5%

Male

14.8%

Unknown

10.7%
Ethnicity

White

66.2%

Black or African American

13.3%

Hispanic or Latino

10.9%

Asian

5.3%

Unknown

4.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

53.8%

French

15.4%

Chinese

7.7%

German

7.7%

Hebrew

7.7%

Arabic

7.7%
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Expressive Therapist Education

Schools

Lesley University

32.3%

Columbia College Chicago

12.5%

George Washington University

5.2%

University of Illinois at Chicago

5.2%

School of the Art Institute of Chicago

4.2%

Chicago School of Professional Psychology

4.2%

Western Illinois University

3.1%

College of New Rochelle

3.1%

University of Louisville

3.1%

Pratt Institute-Main

3.1%

Adler University

3.1%

East Tennessee State University

3.1%

Argosy University-Atlanta

3.1%

William Carey University

2.1%

Immaculata University

2.1%

New York University

2.1%

Avila University

2.1%

Mercer University

2.1%

Wright State University

2.1%

Drexel University

2.1%
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Majors

Rehabilitation Science

42.1%

Mental Health Counseling

14.0%

Counseling Psychology

7.9%

Physical Therapy

6.1%

Psychology

4.9%

Social Work

4.3%

Recreation Management

3.7%

School Counseling

3.0%

Health Education

2.4%

Fine Arts

1.8%

Business

1.2%

Occupational Therapy

1.2%

Clinical Psychology

1.2%

Nursing

1.2%

Communication

1.2%

Education

1.2%

Management

0.6%

Natural Resources Management

0.6%

Music

0.6%

Human Resources Management

0.6%
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Degrees

Masters

68.6%

Bachelors

18.9%

Other

7.4%

Doctorate

2.3%

Certificate

1.7%

License

0.6%

Associate

0.6%
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