Hospice & Palliative Care Center is a not-for-profit agency that provides compassionate, end-of-life care to approximately 400 patients and their caregivers. The hospice team emphasizes dignified, patient-centered care to help facilitate holistic comfort. The hospice “unit of care” extends beyond the patient to also include engaged caregivers and family members. Grief counseling services are available to families of hospice patients, as well as to any person in the community who needs support after a death-related loss. Community programs extend HPCC’s outreach to include innovative programs focused upon area veterans and collaborative efforts with area medical centers, including advanced care planning. HPCC is the oldest hospice in the state, and serves thirteen counties from four offices in the North Carolina piedmont. Care is provided in patient homes; assisted living and skilled nursing facilities; and from 2 hospice in-patient facilities.
Music therapy interns are based on Winston-Salem campus and travel throughout the region. Interns work within a broader Complementary Therapies Program, which presents the opportunity for learning and co-treatment with a staff Massage & Healing Touch therapist. Interns gain experience with individuals across the life span, from varying backgrounds/cultures, and with a variety of diagnoses. A large portion of the MT caseload is comprised of patients with end-stage dementia. Emphasis is placed upon developing MT skills at the bedside, as well as flexibility in facilitating sessions to best meet assessed needs. Daily supervision and support are central to this internship, and interns are empowered to function in a real-world environment, managing visit schedules, team meetings, and daily documentation responsibilities. Supervision stresses the importance of ongoing acquisition of therapeutic skills as well as personal insight and increasing self-awareness in response to death and grief. In addition to primary MT interventions, interns can expect to heavily utilize improvisation and verbal processing techniques in patient/family music therapy sessions, to collaborate with inter-disciplinary teams, and to co-facilitate creative arts therapies-based grief groups. Interested prospective interns should send an e-mail of interest to request an application packet.
March and September; Contact for additional start dates