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Arbor Hospice and Palliative Care

Clients Served
Infants/Children,Pre-teens,Adults,Mature Adults,Seniors

Alzheimer’s/Dementia, Cancer, Chronic Pain, Comatose, Elderly Persons, Parkinson’s, Terminally Ill

Community Based Service, Group Home, Hospice/Bereavement Services, Nursing Home/Assisted Living

Facility Characteristics

Arbor Hospice and Palliative Care is located in the wonderful city of Ann Arbor, Michigan, and we have the privilege to provide hospice services to adults and children all over Southeastern Michigan. We have been servicing our community for over 30 years and pride ourselves on our level of service and passion for our field.

Our interns will have the opportunity to work in an interdisciplinary approach alongside Nurses, Certified Nursing Assistants, Doctors, Spiritual Care Coordinators, Social Workers, Massage Therapists, Pet Therapy Animals, and Volunteers. In addition to music therapy interns, Arbor Hospice and Palliative Care has the unique opportunity to train medical residents, nursing students, nurse practitioners, and social work interns.

Our interns will provide music therapy services to patients in a variety of levels of care including patient’s homes, assisted living facilities/nursing homes, and the inpatient unit.

Training Information
Our interns will have the opportunity to work with patients (both adult and pediatric) receiving hospice services as well as participating in our yearly bereavement camp for kids every August.

Interns are required to do a weekly round in our inpatient unit and attend and participate in team meetings for the patients they are servicing.

Applicants must be proficient in guitar and piano and be able to display a knowledge of various genres including oldies, hymns/gospel, country western, jazz, and contemporary.

Interns will follow strict administrative requirements for Confidentiality, Conflict of Interest, Background check, Fingerprinting, TB, and drug screening. Interns will not be expected to pay any of the fees associated with the tests/checks.

Interns must have reliable transportation and proof of automobile insurance. In addition, the intern will be responsible for providing liability insurance. 

Start month
January, June

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Clinical Training Director
Rachael Lawrence-Lupton, MA, MT-BC

Franciscan Life Process Center – Lowell, MI

Clients Served
Community Based Service, Child/Adolescent Treatment Center, Hospital, Schools, Geriatric Facilities, and Group Homes

Alzheimer’s/Dementia, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Early Childhood, Neurologically Impaired, Developmentally Disabled, Learning Disabled, Speech Impaired, Mental Health, Palliative Care, Hospice

Internship Applications due: November 1
Internship start date: Last week of August
Stipend: Not provided
Meals: Not Provided

The greatest strength of this program lies in the stability and dedication of the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist who hold the continuity of the programs at the Center. Together with
qualified lay faithful the Center is able to provide a tremendous amount of diversity in programming. The intern will not only work with several music therapists but also with a variety of persons with special needs.

The intern will need to have the ability to be flexible in order to adjust to changes due to weather conditions and have a reliable vehicle for necessary travel.

To download the music therapy internship application, please click here.

Clinical Training Director
Franciscan Life Process Center
Miranda Eden, MT-BC
11650 Downes Street
Lowell, MI 49331-9489
Phone 616-897-7842, ext. 332

 Marwood Nursing and Rehab – Port Huron, MI

Clients Served
Setting(s): Nursing Home/Assisted Living, Physical Rehabilitation
Population(s): Alzheimer’s/Dementia, Elderly Persons, Parkinson’s, Stroke, Terminally Ill
Age Range: Adults, Mature Adults, Seniors

Facility Characteristics
Marwood Manor is a 240 bed skilled nursing and rehab facility in Port Huron, MI serving adults in 16 small long term care neighborhoods, a 60 bed short term rehabilitation unit, and a 37 bed memory care unit. Our residents represent a wide variety of diagnoses including stroke, arthritis, motor vehicle accidents, general orthopedic surgeries, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson disease, cancer, heart conditions, hip replacements/joint surgeries, back injuries, renal disease, COPD, Alzheimer’s and other dementias, and more. Each resident’s care plan is customized to meet their individual needs and to maximize their quality of life. Located about an hour north of Detroit, Marwood is within walking distance of the beautiful St. Clair River and historic downtown Port Huron. There are many small towns to enjoy up and down the coast of Lake Huron, and the Bluewater Bridge offers a quick drive across the St. Clair River to Sarnia, Ontario.

Because we are a large facility, the intern has an opportunity to experience great variety and will gain a comprehensive knowledge of medical terminology as well as an understanding of many disorders related to aging. Each resident receiving music therapy services has an individualized music therapy assessment and goals with progress reviewed quarterly by the interdisciplinary team. The intern will have the opportunity to practice both written and oral communication skills during these quarterly reviews. Marwood’s music therapy program works through a person-centered framework, recognizing how each resident’s abilities and needs define them as an individual and using music therapy interventions to capitalize on the abilities in order to address the needs. At the same time, neurologic music therapy interventions are often employed. Appropriate session planning is just as important as learning to vary plans in the moment based on resident needs. The intern will have the opportunity to lead and co-lead all group and individual music therapy sessions throughout the facility and to work closely with and learn from our art therapist, activity professionals, and physical, occupational, and speech therapists.

Starting Months: January, July
Housing: Not provided
Meals: Yes, Lunch provided

Clinical Training Director
Marwood Nursing and Rehab
Suzanne Jackson, MT-BC, ADC-MC
1300 Beard Streeet
Port Huron, MI 48060
Phone: (810) 982-9500
Fax: (810) 982-5369

 Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care of Michigan/Detroit – Madison Heights, MI

Clients Served
Setting(s): Community Based Service, General Hospital, Hospice/Bereavement Services, Nursing Home/Assisted Living
Population(s): AIDS, Alzheimer’s/Dementia, Elderly Persons, Terminally Ill
Age Range: child-old adult

Facility Characteristics
At Seasons Hospice interns will have the opportunity to work with several music therapists who serve people with terminal illnesses or conditions with a terminal prognosis, ranging in age from pediatric through geriatric. Patients are served in their homes, nursing facilities, hospital and in-patient units. Most sessions are conducted in 1:1 settings or in small groups. Seasons Hospice also provides on-going bereavement and grief support to patients and families.

Interns at Season Hospice will complete the full employed orientation consisting of several days of training. Topics include Hospice 101 signs and symptoms of dying, basic pain management, and cultural diversity training. Seasons Hospice is committed to offering approved CMTE course every summer, which interns are encouraged to attend. Special Requirements & Skills Needed: Emotional stability required to work with people with terminal illnesses and deal with issues related to grief and loss; Willingness and ability to work with a wide variety of ethnic, religious, and socioeconomic groups; Proof of valid driver’s license and care insurance; reliable vehicle for daily travel to patient visits; Proof of professional liability/malpractice insurance policy during the internship period.

Starting Months: Flexible, arrange with Director
Housing: Not provided
Meals: Not provided
Stipend: $3,000.00

Clinical Training Director
Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care of Michigan-Detroit
Russell Hilliard, PhD, MT-BC
27355 John R. Road, Ste 100
Madison Heights, MI 48071
Phone: (847) 867-6367
Fax: (847) 375-2991

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