Music Therapy

Now available – Music Therapy CD
Heart Strings Vol 1:River Song is a unique work of art performed by Willamette Valley Hospice music therapists. Songs include original works from the music therapists themselves, as well as songs written and co-written by hospice patients. This one of a kind CD is $15.00 and available to order online or by contacting staff Linda Hays at 503.588.3600.

 

Willamette Valley Hospice is pleased to offer Music Therapy as a treatment modality for hospice patients and bereaved clients. Willamette Valley Hospice has two Board Certified Music Therapists on staff to respond to patient and family needs.

What is Music Therapy?
It is a clinical and evidence-based healthcare practice that uses music to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship. At Willamette Valley Hospice, Music Therapists integrate a patient’s musical preferences with their cultural background and spiritual beliefs to provide non-invasive, compassionate care across the end-of-life continuum. Professionally trained music therapists integrate counseling techniques to provide support both verbally and musically to patients and their families.

How can Music Therapy help Willamette Valley Hospice patients and their families?
Music affects the mind, body and spirit in many different ways. It can influence the natural rhythms of the body to regulate blood pressure and breathing. It can release the body’s natural painkillers, while reducing anxiety and restlessness. Music is the language of the heart and soul. It enables us to express ourselves both emotionally and spiritually and to find greater meaning in our lives. Music Therapy’s has been found to be effective in addressing the following issues in hospice and palliative care:
-Pain and anxiety
-Bereaved families
-Emotional and spiritual concerns
-Grieving families
-Need for meaningful interaction between family members
-Development of coping skills
-Search for meaning and life review
-Depression, fear, isolation, confusion and loss of control
-Quality of life
-Facilitate a peaceful death

What Music Therapy services does Willamette Valley Hospice offer to their patients?
Individual and group family Music Therapy sessions are available to hospice patients. Many patients receive Music Therapy sessions on a weekly basis. The length of the session depends on the needs of the patient and their family, goals addressed and the interventions used.

Music Therapy group sessions are available to families who participate in Willamette Valley Hospice Bereavement Programs, such as grief support groups for families & children and Camp Mighty Oaks, the annual summer bereavement camp for grieving children and families.

Who is qualified as a Music Therapist?
Board-certified music therapists are graduates from one of approximately seventy degree programs approved by the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA). In addition to academic coursework in the areas of music therapy foundations and principles, the bachelor’s degree requires 1200 hours of clinical supervision through internship. Music therapists are eligible to sit for the national board-certification exam following this training to earn the credential MT-BC (Music Therapist–Board Certified) necessary for professional practice.

Board certified Music Therapists adhere to specific standards for clinical interventions and ethical conduct in professional practice defined by AMTA in their Standards of Practice, Code of Ethics and Professional competencies (AMTA, musictherapy.org). Graduate degrees in music therapy focus on advanced clinical practice and research with various patient populations.

Contact us to learn more about this important service.