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Application Process

At Dandelion we are dedicated to finding the right fit for our clients, community and current staff. To help us find this individual, we typically have a 4-step process. This process was created not only to make sure you are a good fit for us, but that we are a good fit for you!


We can't wait for someone new to join our team!

If you have any issues or questions with this process please feel free to  email Diane Shaughnessy at

Cover Letter, Resume and Artwork

The first step of our interview process begins with you emailing  your cover letter, resume and three JPGs of your art (a piece from grad school, a piece created while in session with a client and a personal piece) to Once reviewed, one of our team members will reach out to have a quick conversation about our current position.


Mini Video

The second step of our interview process is a recorded video. After the initial call one of our staff members will reach out to you via email with instruction on how to complete a video of you answering three questions.  The video should be between 5 to 10 minutes long.


Conversation with Caroline Tye, owner  & art therapist

Step three of our interview process is an in-person conversation with Caroline.


Group Interview

The final step of our interview process is an in-person conversation with the Dandelion Team. Because culture and our team are very important to us!

Art Therapist Job Description

Hours: Full-time, flexible schedule

Salary: Competitive


Dandelion Therapeutic Art Center is one of Chicago's largest group practices dedicated to providing solely art therapy services. 


At Dandelion Therapeutic Art Center, we pride ourselves on providing the best care for all of our clients, families as well as our staff. Dandelion has built a reputation on providing its clients with an art-based therapeutic approach. Dandelion art therapists blend art psychotherapy and art as therapy while being both artistically and clinically sound art therapists. We place significant value on the belief that creativity and art therapy can be used for growth, transformation, relaxation, healing, and even fun. 


At Dandelion, we practice through the lens of a studio/art-based model while utilizing clinical techniques and skills, relying heavily on a relational, strength-based, and a collaborative approach in our work. Art therapists at Dandelion are encouraged to utilize their own creative talents and clinical skills to facilitate top notch art therapy service while maintaining the philosophy of Dandelion Therapeutic Art Center. Dandelion was not only built to serve our community with the best art therapy services, but it was also built to be a home for art therapists to grow and thrive in our profession. We truly value our employees.


At Dandelion We Provide


A creative, fun, engaging, respectful, relational, supportive, learning environment

Flexible work/life balance with the ability to have uncapped earnings
Billing support which includes medical billing, coordination of benefits/eligibility, and

claims submission

Client referrals
Intake coordination
Artistic space and materials
Website profile and marketing
Offer $150 paid CEUs towards annually for professional development

Weekly supervision (for all art therapist regardless of licensure)

Weekly staff meetings, focused on professional development and self care
W-2 Employee status
Professional Liability insurance
Competitive compensation

Healthcare Benefits paid at 25% by Dandelion

Sick Leave

Flexible time-off requests

Ability to increase compensation year over year through increased splits, bonuses and session rate 


A Dandelion Art Therapist:


  • Provides art therapy services for individuals and groups (22 - 28 clinical hours per week)

  • Carries out assessment as to develop a comprehensive treatment plan for clients on their caseload using Simple Practice

  • Keeps accurate data/notes of clients using Simple Practice

  • Works in collaboration with a client’s family members to develop a cohesive therapeutic approach and assess progress

  • Cooperates with other professionals such as psychiatrists, school social workers, additional mental health providers to ensure the best and well-round treatment/care of the client

  • Refers clients to additional services, if necessary 

  • Demonstrates empathy and sensitivity to clients of varied socio-economic, racial, cultural, gender identify, sexual orientation and other backgrounds

  • Seeks clinical supervision from primary supervisor to help ensure quality delivery of services and professional development as needed, and immediately reports any emergent needs

  • Maintains studio space

  • Attends conferences and seminars to improve skills or knowledge

  • Additional tasks needed for the development of the studio practice

  • Actively works to expand Dandelion’s network and present within Chicago and our community

  • Maintains and promotes quality assurance stands, including, but not limited to, the American Counseling Association Codes of Ethics and Standards of Practice/Codes of Ethics within the art therapy field




Master’s Degree in Art Therapy

Professionally credential of Registered Art Therapist (ATR) or working towards credentialing

Licensed in the state of Illinois as an LPC or LCPC

Minimum of 2 years professional experience

Experience working with youth, highly preferred not required

Availability to work (in-person) at least two afternoons and evenings per week

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