Trellis Supportive Care is a not-for-profit agency that provides compassionate, end-of-life care to approximately 400 patients and their caregivers. The hospice inter-disciplinary care team (IDT) emphasizes dignified, patient-centered care to help facilitate holistic comfort and to promote support for the patient caregivers. Grief counseling services are available to families of hospice patients, as well as to any person in the community who needs support in coping with a life-limiting illness, or after a death. Community programs extend outreach to include innovative programs focused upon Veterans and collaboration across the state through the “Got Plans?” advance care planning initiative. Founded in 1979, Trellis Supportive Care 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, hospitals, and the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home. Music therapy interns are based from the Winston-Salem campus and travel throughout the region.
The Clinical Support Services department houses 3 teams: bereavement, grief counseling, and complementary therapies (CT). The CT team is comprised of staff massage therapists, music therapist, and specialized therapy volunteers. Interns have the potential for co-treatment with both massage- & energy-based practitioners, grief counselors, art therapist, and members of the IDT. Interns gain experience with individuals across the life span, from varying backgrounds/cultures, and with a variety of end-stage diagnoses. 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 practice 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 end-of-life and grief process. In addition to primary MT interventions, interns can expect to heavily utilize verbal processing techniques in patient/family music therapy sessions, to have opportunities for grief education/support, and to co-facilitate wellness interventions for staff. Please contact for openings and application materials.