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Music Therapy

Music Therapy at St. Joseph’s Hospice
 
Music therapy is offered at the bedside for residents and family, in the Day Hospice Program and the Caring Hearts Children’s Program at St. Joseph’s Hospice. Sessions are provided by accredited music therapist Orley Culverhouse BMT, MTA.


What is Music Therapy?
 Music therapy is the skillful use of music and musical elements by an accredited music therapist to promote, maintain, and restore mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health. Music has nonverbal, creative, structural, and emotional qualities. These are used in the therapeutic relationship to facilitate contact, interaction, self-awareness, learning, self-expression, communication, and personal development. Canadian Association for Music Therapy (CAMT), 1994


 Music Therapy in End of Life Care:
 The role of music therapy in end of life care is to provide opportunities to explore music and its influences, which may lessen the physical, emotional, cognitive, social and spiritual impact of illness. Music is a powerful catalyst that can evoke memories, influence moods, and stimulate the senses. Through music we can sensitively tune into the experience of dying as it is being lived by each individual.


 Areas that music therapy can assist:
 Pain/symptom management
 Increase relaxation/decrease anxiety
 Emotional expression
 Social isolation
 Insomnia
 Life review
 Legacy work

Music Therapy in Bereavement:
 The role of music therapy in bereavement is to provide opportunities to explore music and its influences as a tool for supporting an individual’s grief journey. Music therapy provides individuals with an opportunity to share, listen, tell their stories, and find meaning in a supportive environment using the emotional and expressive qualities of music through music-listening and music-making.


 Areas that music therapy can assist:
 Increase emotional literacy
 Provide opportunities for creative self-expression
 Decrease isolation
 Encourage reminiscence

What does a music therapist do?
• Assessment, Treatment Plan, Implementation, Ongoing Evaluation

Interventions a music therapist may use
• Intentional, live music (preferred, personally significant music)
• Singing
• Listening
• Imagery based experiences
• Instrument playing
• Song writing + recording
• Clinical Improvisation
• Entrainment technique (music used to match respirations) 


If you or your loved one would like to be referred for music therapy, please contact Sandy Nicolson, Director of Residence.

For More Information:
 

Canadian Association of Music Therapy
http://www.musictherapy.ca

Music Therapy Association of Ontario
http://www.musictherapyontario.com


Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund
http://www.musictherapytrust.ca

Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy
http://www.voices.no

 

“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.” Victor Hugo

 

 

 

Contact Info

Orley Culverhouse
519-337-0537
oculverhouse@sjhospice.ca

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