Hospice Music Therapy: Exploring its Borders and Boundaries

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“Border” is defined as “the line that officially separates two countries or regions.” For the hospice music therapist, finding this line between our work and the rest of the world is not straightforward, as the job extends beyond the client/therapist relationship to include support of clients’ families, colleagues, and the community. This elusive border presents the therapist with opportunities for growth as well as the possibility of breaching healthy boundaries. The presenter will explore how to traverse this rough terrain while maintaining one’s footing. The presenter will also provide strategies for examining past experiences and looking ahead with compassionate self-inquiry.

Learner Objectives:

1. Identify 3 ways in which hospice music therapy practice extends beyond the borders of the client/therapist relationship (CBMT Scope of Practice: II. A. 1. a. b. c. d. e. f. g)

2. Identify specific 3 methods of working with and maintaining boundaries using self-inquiry and self-care (CBMT Scope of Practice: II. A. 1. a. b. c. d. e. f. g)

About Molly Hicks, MMT, MT-BC

Molly Hicks is a supervising music therapist, local music therapy internship coordinator and bereavement group facilitator at Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care of Maryland. A graduate of Temple University, Molly’s clinical and academic interests include supervision, client/therapist songwriting, spiritual support in music therapy, and bereavement.