Nov 25, 2020
Music Therapy Internship Program A music therapy internship with Village Hospice provides a unique experience for music therapy
students desiring an opportunity to work with hospice patients and their families during the end of life. At the heart of Village Hospice’s services is our belief that each person deserves to live each day to its
fullest and that each patient and family deserves to be fully informed and supported. Our dedicated caregivers are deeply devoted to caring for patients with life-limiting illnesses, and their families, with dignity, compassion and grace. Our lives are richer because of those we serve.
Village Hospice has offered music therapy for more than 10 years, developing a highly effective program that is an important part of the interdisciplinary hospice team. Our goal is to provide music therapy that will reach our patients spiritually, socially and psychosocially, and bring them great peace and joy.
The Village Hospice offices are located in Lee’s Summit, Mo., a suburb of Kansas City and serves patients in 8 Missouri counties.
1001 NW Chipman Road, Ste. 237 • Lee’s Summit, MO 64081 • Phone:(816) 525-0986 • Toll-Free: (877) 340-4006 Fax: (816) 251-8019 • www.JKVHealthServices.org/Hospice • www.facebook.com/VillageHospice
INTERVIEW EXPECTATIONS Demonstrate an ability to accompany while
singing with piano and guitar Sing a cappella Sight read a simple song and transpose it
into two keys (chosen by interviewer) Brief essay written during the interview (in person, whenever possible) Bring a list of 5 songs in each genre: traditional folk, old country, hymns, and big band music, and be prepared to play any of them.
INTERNSHIP HIGHLIGHTS Housing provided with minimal furnishings provided Laptop and Internet hot spot provided for documentation Serving hospice and geriatric populations Work in a variety of settings: rural, urban,
long term care facilities, inpatient units, private homes, and bereavement visits Typical intern hours: 40-45 hours per week Mileage reimbursement not provided
REQUIRED ITEMS Dependable transportation Valid driver’s license Proof of car insurance Cell phone Digital tablet
TESTIMONIALS “My internship at Village Hospice gave me the experience and personal growth needed to pursue work in a
hospice setting. Taking on a caseload felt natural; it was a seamless transition from observation and co-leading to having my own patients. The internship director was always quick to assist whenever help was needed, and remains as one of the greatest mentors I’ve ever had. My internship experience exceeded any expectations that I could have had, and I can only speak of it in the highest regard.”
— Ione Murray, Music Therapy Intern
“This is a great opportunity for an intern who wants a broad experience working with older adults. Because Village Hospice is part of a Continuing Care Community and also serves the greater metro area in Missouri, it offers interns the chance to work with a wide spectrum of patients, including those with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. This is a wonderful internship program!”
— Linda Robbins, Music Therapy Intern
BACKGROUND Internship Director Sharla Whitsitt developed the Village Hospice music therapy program and has 12
years experience. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri — Kansas City, and is certified in hospice and palliative care music therapy.
Learn more about the Village Hospice Music Therapy Internship program at 816-525-0986 and download application information at www.JKVHealthServices.org/hospice-music-therapy-internship/ The internship director prefers to have applications 9 months prior to the internship start date. Please call or e-mail [email protected] to discuss availability prior to completing your application.
MISSOURI OFFICE 1001 NW Chipman Road • Lee’s Summit, MO 64081 • Phone:(816) 525-0986 • Toll-Free: (877) 340-4006
Fax: (816) 251-8019 • www.JKVHealthServices.org • www.facebook.com/VillageHospice
Music Therapy Internship Program