Hello Lovely Readers,
Guess what? I just got an offer to set up a music therapy contract with Heartland Hospice of Fond Du Lac and Green Bay, WI! I am so beyond excited for this opportunity. I have been praying for awhile now that God leads me in the path I am meant to be in career-wise.
While I have never worked with hospice patients before, I did work for 2 years at a hospital before we moved this last October. It is very humbling seeing the pain and suffering some people go through at the end of life. But, it is a very beautiful thing hearing their thoughts on 'being ready' to leave this earthly world and enter Heaven.
Here is a quick explanation of music therapy. Perhaps on another post I will go further in depth.
Music therapy is basically using musical interventions to accomplish goals in clients. These goals can be physical, mental, social, emotional, and/or spiritual.
For example, I worked a lot with stroke patients on a rehabilitation floor, and I used singing techniques mixed with speech therapy techniques to reach goals of speaking again and word recall.
Also, I loved working on the behavioral health floor. I held a group with adults and a group with adolescents, using song-writing, music listening, art therapy with music, and lyric analysis to encourage emotional expression, among other goals.
Lastly, music is AWESOME with children! Music therapy is very popular with kids with autism and developmental disabilities. It is very motivational and rewarding on many levels.
I could go so much more in depth! But, I've got to go cook dinner. Have a blessed Day!