Job Summary and Responsibilities
The Music Therapist will report to the Supervisor of Expressive Therapy and performs diversified duties including the evaluation and treatment of residents with difficulties of socialization and adjustment to Center living. This position will work in c ollaboration with other Center staff at resident care meetings, conferences, and clinics and with the Supervisor in the training of student interns.
· Develops treatment plans, establishes priorities for treatment and facilitates treatment of resident problems, such as stress management, anxiety, agitation, and depression, via referral from a physician or a licensed social worker, nurse or therapist.
· Develops appropriate short and long-term treatment goals/plans involving the use of Movement therapy and Intermodal techniques. Assesses progress of residents’ treatment, writes progress notes and discharge summaries, prepares monthly statistics summary of activity and other required records and reports, according to the Departmental Standards of Practice, Policies, and procedures.
· Works collaboratively with other HRCA staff to provide consultation toward the goal of determining the most productive treatment plan for each resident. Participates in various Center meetings, such as Unit Clinical Conferences and Chronic Care Meetings. Presents in-service programs for designated Unit staff to increase staff understanding of Expressive Therapy, its services, goals, therapeutic methodology, and interfaces with the clinical team.
· Participates in educational programs within and outside the Center, as directed, to maintain and update personal professional knowledge and skills. Meets with the Supervisor on a regular basis to review activities, tools, and techniques, and discuss problem areas. Assists in coordination, supervision, and evaluation of graduate student placements. Participates in relevant projects pertaining to gerontological research.
· Performs other related duties as required and as responsibilities dictate.
Minimum of two years of experience in the field of Expressive Therapy/Psychotherapy/Music Therapy
Masters degree from accredited University. Eligibility for the National Registration in Music Therapy and Mental Health Counseling (Completed practicum and internship.)
Demonstrates proficiency in Group Leadership and experience working with Geriatric population
Demonstrates fluency in playing piano, guitar and singing
Strong verbal and written communication skills
Contact with residents under a wide variety of circumstances, which may include exposure to unpleasant odors, sights, and sounds
Push wheel chairs on flat surface
Gloves and masks worn occasionally
Standing, walking, and sitting
Transporting, and assisting with transferring residents
Lifting supplies and equipment up to 30 lbs
Some reaching, stooping, squatting, bending, kneeling and crouching
Excellent ability to communicate verbally
Good hearing and vision
Sufficient alertness and awareness for the safety of others.
Hebrew SeniorLife is the largest provider of elder care in the Boston metropolitan area. Founded in 1903, Hebrew SeniorLife is an affiliate of Harvard Medical School and a nonprofit, non-sectarian organization devoted to innovative gerontology and geriatric research , senior health care , long-term nursing home care , and Greater Boston senior housing communities that improve the lives of older adults. From independent living to assisted living , Hebrew SeniorLife provides retirement communities in Massachusetts that are designed to help older adults live healthy independent lives.
Hebrew SeniorLife - 22 months ago