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Music Therapy Clinical Internship

Description       

Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital is a 259 bed center for treatment, teaching, research and advocacy, located in west-central Florida.  Our children range from premature infants to young adults. Many patients at Johns Hopkins All Children’s are acutely or chronically ill and are treated under a wide range of medical services. Children are also treated through the Emergency Center, Outpatient Surgery and several outpatient clinics and doctors’ offices. Johns Hopkins All Children’s is a teaching hospital and works closely with many other universities and teaching institutions.

Geographical Location

Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital is located near downtown St. Petersburg at the southern end of Pinellas County. The Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay are short drives from the hospital campus. Interstate 275 provides a direct route to Tampa and Sarasota. Orlando is approximately 2 hours east of the Tampa Bay area. The Tampa International Airport is 15 minutes from the hospital.

Music Therapy Services

Music Therapy is available to any child referred by physicians, families or staff. Children and young adults are served through individual and group sessions. Patients are seen in their rooms, playrooms, treatment rooms, surgery holding, intensive care units and on-campus clinics. Music Therapy is a program of the Child Life Department, and the therapist works closely with members of this department.

Internship Focus

Interns will learn the function of Music Therapy within a pediatric hospital setting. Training will include developmental effects of hospitalization on children of all ages, basic descriptions of common illnesses and their treatments, and the use of Music Therapy as a coping intervention. Interns will work with staff members in other professions as a member of the health care team. Upon completion, interns will meet minimal AMTA competencies.

Expectations of Interns

With support of the Clinical Training Director, interns at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital will be expected to identify personal strengths and challenges, set internship goals, and evaluate progress on a regular basis. Interns will demonstrate the ability to process and utilize information, feedback and constructive criticism. Interns are also expected to seek guidance when faced with difficulties.

Philosophy of Music Therapy at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital

Music Therapy at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital is an integral part of the care of hospitalized children and their families. Music affects mental, physical and emotional responses, and it is utilized as a valuable tool in supporting the treatment and recovery experience. Through music therapy interventions, we provide patients and families with ways to decrease anxiety, get through procedures, feel safe and secure, and build positive coping skills. Music helps children cope with pain, discomfort and stress, and motivates them to continue their developmental paths.  We provide family centered care, which means that we incorporate and support the whole family, not just the hospitalized child. We incorporate a variety of different approaches to best meet each individual’s needs, but often tend to draw from both a humanistic and behavioral approach.

Provisions

No stipend is available at this time.
Interns receive a 20% discount in the hospital cafeteria.
Housing not guaranteed. Interns will receive assistance in locating lodging.
The hospital is on the main bus line.

Interview

Each applicant will participate in a phone screening. Following an acceptable screening, an on-site personal interview will be scheduled.

Application

Please complete the application and return with all requested documents and letters to the address given. All application materials must be mailed in hardcopy form. Partial applications will be returned to applicant.

PLEASE NOTE: All interns must have proof of liability insurance before beginning internships.

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Application Mailing Address

Kelly F. Morris, MT-BC, GC-C
Music Therapy Department 6500001306
Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital
501 Sixth Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
ktyrrel1@jhmi.edu