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An Exclusive Interview with David Israelian, Co-founder and CTO of Painted Brain.
Q: For readers unfamiliar with Painted Brain would you please take a few moments to describe the agency.
A: Painted Brain is on the leading edge in redefining mental health through our creative community, clinical service, and the pedagogy and service in tech. Our mission is to create lasting community-based solutions to mental health challenges and the impact of social injustice through arts, advocacy, and enterprise.
Q: What types of opportunities are available within your agency in terms of employment opportunities for human service professionals?
A: Painted Brain has a wide range of opportunities for career and professional development. For example, in our clinical department, we’ve focused on hiring social workers for our art intervention workshops offsite and occupational therapists for one on one therapy onsite/offsite. Occupational therapy services are provided through Painted Brain in order to facilitate engagement and participation in meaningful occupations (ie. school, work, play, leisure, activities of daily living (ADLs), social participation, instrumental ADLs, and sleep) through individualized evaluation and intervention. Individuals will receive a comprehensive evaluation of current levels of functioning, including cognitive abilities, sensory processing needs, activities of daily living, psychosocial skills, and occupational interests. The occupational therapist and individual will then collaborate to develop goals and a plan of care. Intervention areas may include the development of skills in self-care, employment, independent living, stress management, and social interactions to support community participation and overall health and well-being. The occupational therapist may also provide connections to resources for housing, healthcare, education, employment, and leisure activities. We also provide Internship and Volunteer opportunities in our clinical, creative and tech departments. Our volunteers and interns have the opportunity to run groups at different mental health agencies, homeless drop-in centers, and rehabilitation housing units. Also, in our Tech Department, we’re currently looking for experts to give their time and knowledge using our curriculum which has a holistic approach focusing on web/mobile application and Arduino (embedded systems) development.Additionally, we are currently looking to hire more peer leaders to run onsite and mobile art workshops within our creative department. We also provide Internship and Volunteer opportunities in our clinical, creative and tech departments. Our volunteers and interns have the opportunity to run groups at different mental health agencies, homeless drop-in centers, and rehabilitation housing units. Also, in our Tech Department, we’re currently looking for experts to give their time and knowledge using our curriculum which has a holistic approach focusing on web/mobile application and Arduino (robotics) development.
Q: How is Painted Brain distinguished from others?
A: Our agency is distinguished in three departments. In our Clinical Department, we are the first to market in providing art intervention groups as a service, connecting clients from other mental health agencies together that wouldn’t otherwise meet. In addition, in our creative department we provide first mobile art workshops serving the mental health and homeless population in Los Angeles. We focus on providing creative vocational programs such as our photojournalism program to support and secure job opportunities for our contributors. In our Tech Department, we provide free coding boot-camps that traditionally would cost $10,000 – $15,000 per individual to join. We support our coders to deploy their own digital products to global markets which supports their development of identity, confidence, and purpose.
Q: For those entering the job market what advice would you give them in terms of making a good impression and standing out from other applicants?
A: Painted Brain changes the paradigm of how mental illness is perceived. Painted Brain isn’t your traditional non-profit organization. We thrive on diversity, raw talent, and the confidence in disclosure. We believe every individual has a set purpose that must be explored and unveiled through the process of social integration, skill exploration, and training. We embrace prosumers and encourage their involvement in our program and community. To truly stand out, one must disclose their personal mission and why Painted Brain is their choice to foster it.
Q: Is there anything else you’d like to share about employment with the Human Services Center?
We benchmark salaries to the 75th percentile and have a truly comprehensive benefits package. In this field, a lot of folks are concerned about low pay and poor benefits. The most important thing for applicants is to ask the right questions in a second or final interview to ensure the total compensation package is comprehensive. We have employed this strategy to attract and retain talented staff.
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