Setting(s): Four Seasons is a non-profit agency that is one of the most respected end-of-life care specialists in the country. We were a past recipient of the Circle of Life award, which is the most prestigious national award presented for hospice and palliative care. We continue to grow and now provide Palliative Care Services, as well as Compassionate Home Care and Care Navigation.
Population(s): Hospice patients with terminal illnesses (Cancer, COPD, heart disease, dementias); bereaved adults and children Age Range: Children - Older adult
Four Seasons is a non-profit organization, deeply committed to serving the community through fulfilling its mission of affirming life and providing holistic care in harmony with the goals of individuals with chronic, serious or life-limiting conditions while offering support to their families and loved ones. We have been serving the community of Henderson County NC for over 25 years. In addition, we now provide services to patients in 10 Western North Carolina counties. Hospice services are offered to a daily census of over 230 patients in many settings: patient homes, nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, hospitals, and the Elizabeth House, a twelve-bed in-patient facility. Four Seasons also provides community bereavement services and Heart Songs bereavement program for grieving children.
Music therapists are integral members of the Four Seasons Interdisciplinary Team:
Music therapists work with physicians, nurses, certified nurse assistants, chaplains, social workers and volunteers to provide holistic care for hospice patients and their families;
Music therapists provide music therapy groups for older adults in facility settings;
Music therapists participate in community outreach events, fundraising efforts, and grants/research;
Music therapists provide Bereavement support via individual sessions, support groups, and memorial services; and
Music therapists provide music and ritual for memorial services for individuals and facilities.
Interns receive ongoing supervision from their primary supervisor as well as the other four seasons music therapists. Six to eight weeks into the internship, interns will receive their own caseload of 20-25 patients. Interns will be responsible for patient assessments, care plans, sessions, documentation, and participation in interdisciplinary treatment teams.
Four Seasons provides comprehensive General Orientation, Clinical Orientation, and clinical preceptors for new employees. Annual training updates include Compliance, HIPAA, OSHA, & Safety trainings. Continuing education is available on-site with audio conferences from regional and national presenters, in-services and seminars taught by qualified staff, and a wide variety of audio-visual and printed materials. Staff members often attend and present at off-site regional and national conferences. Four Seasons encourages and supports professional advancement in formal educational coursework, certification in Hospice & Palliative Nursing, Licensed Clinical Social Work, and other appropriate certifications and licensures.
Intern Hours: 8:00 – 4:30 Monday – Friday. However, interns spend extra time completing assignments, doing homework and prepping for work.
Transportation: Interns must provide their own vehicles and proof of auto insurance.
Accompaniment Instrument: Interns must supply their own accompaniment instrument.
Liability Insurance: Interns will need to provide proof of liability insurance.
Cell Phone Texting: Interns must have texting capabilities for receiving agency related communication.
Vacations and Holidays: Interns will be allowed 6 “flex” days for personal time in addition to holidays that fall during the internship (January 1, Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day).
Orientation: Interns will participate in regular employee orientation, observation of other disciplines, in addition to all facets of the music therapy program.
Internship Agreement: A competency based internship agreement must be initiated by academic faculty upon acceptance to the internship. It must include areas of focus (not to include group MT). This must be signed and in place within 4 weeks of the start date. The start date can be delayed if the internship agreement is not completed prior to the start date. Upon acceptance to the internship, students will be required to complete a background check, drug screen, and TB test, as well as an employee application (this does not entitle interns to a job with Four Seasons upon completion of the internship).
Wondering if our internship site might be good match for you? Take our Nut-Shell Self-Assessment:
I love getting to know people on deeper emotional levels
I am not afraid to work through my own personal issues when they come up
I write songs or have the desire to write songs
I don’t like to brag but when I sing people like what they hear!
Using sheet music or a with a little help from YouTube, it doesn’t take me long to learn a song.
I want to learn more about grief & loss and would love to co-facilitate a grief support group.
I enjoy working with people whose spiritual, political and/or philosophical belief systems are completely different from my own.
I have a good solid base of counseling/psychology theories and am excited to integrate them into my work.
I am not afraid to laugh at myself- life is a journey and we are all human.
I am looking for an internship that will challenge me to grow and be extremely rewarding.
I am comfortable and confident with my guitar skills- I can play a variety of styles in a variety of keys.
Sometime life feels “heavy.” I’m okay with that.
I have effective tools for helping me to manage my time and get things done.
Intern applicants outside of North Carolina who are enrolled in institutions who are NOT affiliated with National Counsel for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA): Please share this with your academic advisor.
In 2010, the federal government passed a revision of the State Authorization for Distance Learning. As of June 30, 2014 any institution offering educational institution that wants to offer educational programs to residents outside of their home state must be authorized by that state’s authorization body. While all states have different standards, in North Carolina, this law is overseen by the NC Board of Governors.
What does this mean? Students whose academic program is outside of NC are NOT exempt. It is expected that the out-of-state Academic University will contact the NC Board of Governors. A college/university has two options:
Go through the State Authorization Process which includes a one-time fee of $5,000 and an annual fee of $1,000.
The University applies for an exception, which requires the University to describe reasons why the student should be given an exception to the State Authorization process. This may be required in order for out of state students to do internships in North Carolina.
Here is the information for the NC Board of Governors:
Terrence R. Scarborough, MPA Assistant Director for Licensure University of North Carolina General Administration 910 Raleigh Road Chapel Hill, NC 27514 919-962-4558 email@example.com