Hospice care is a rapidly growing field of employment for music therapists. Those working in hospice often find themselves addressing the spiritual as well as physical and emotional needs of patients and families. This work can be challenging, especially when the patients’ spiritual and cultural backgrounds are different from those of the therapist. This presentation will introduce attendees to the concepts of cultural competence in spiritual care, as well as discuss the spiritual care scope of practice for music therapists working as part of the hospice team.
1. Participants will be able to identify at least two areas of cultural competence in spiritual care (CBMT Scope of Practice: II, A, 1, a, b, c, d, e, f, g; III, B, 2, 3, 8, 9).
2. Participants will be able to identify at least three resources for learning about cultural and spiritual practices different from one’s own (CBMT Scope of Practice: II, A, 1, a, b, c, d, e, f, g; III, B, 2, 3, 8, 9).
About Meganne Masko, PhD, MT-BC/L:
Meganne Masko is an assistant professor of music therapy at The University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, ND. She teaches undergraduate courses in music therapy, inter-professional health care, and the psychology of music. Her research focuses on music therapy and hospice care and the effect of music therapy on the human epi-genome.