Seeking Expressive Arts Therapists for Veterans Program

Interested in working with veterans living in transitional housing in West Los Angeles? The Whole Health at VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System and UCLA/VA Veteran Family Wellbeing Center, with assistance from the Creative Minds Project (CMP), are launching an expressive arts program, which includes a stipend as well as supplies for all facilitators.

At this time, we are seeking the following individuals to facilitate or co-facilitate groups in expressive arts (art, movement, music, theater, and/or writing/poetry) for a modest stipend.  We are also in need of pro bono supervisors.

  • Creative arts therapists
  • Mental health professionals with experience integrating the arts
  • Graduate students in the creative arts therapies
  • Social-emotional arts (SEA) trainees from UCLArts & Healing (Certificate Program or SEA on a Shoestring)
  • UCLA undergraduate and graduate students 
  • Veterans are particularly encouraged to apply

Curriculum materials can be provided for facilitators, and they are encouraged to design their own content for the groups. The minimum time commitment is once a week for 8-10 weeks on Monday or Tuesday for a 1 to 1.5-hour session between the hours of 10 am and 1 pm. 


The Creative Minds Project (CMP) is a program of UCLArts & Healing. We integrate the innate social-emotional benefits of the arts with mental health practices at local community agencies in West LA, Venice, and Santa Monica that serve transitional aged youth, adults and veterans living homeless.

This sustainable program is typically served by volunteers who are creative arts therapists or mental health professionals with experience integrating the arts, graduate students in the creative arts therapies, expressive artists with social-emotional arts training from UCLArts & Healing, and UCLA students.

Click here to view a UCLA Daily Bruin article that offers details on the experience of participants at Step Up on Second. From May 2012 – August 2014, the CMP served Step Up on Second and its sister program for Daniel’s Place (DP) mental health agencies.

agencies we have served:

The CMP has partnered Step Up on Second, Daniel’s Place, People Assisting the Homeless West LA (PATH WLA), Safe Place for Youth, and The People Concern’s Access Center.

how to apply:

Please let us know of your interest by emailing, and a link to an application form will be sent to you.