About Our Music Therapy Internship
Description of Clinical Setting
Heart and Harmony Music Therapy is a private practice based in Fort Worth, TX. H&H serves a variety of clientele within the home-health setting; therapists see clients in their homes, facilities (schools, nursing homes, etc), through telehealth, and at the H&H studio. H&H client referrals are obtained privately, or through government waivers or grants. Madison Michel is our Internship Director and Nikki Belshe is Clinical Director and owner. Heart and Harmony has a team of 9 therapists located all over DFW.
Fort Worth is located 30 miles west of Dallas, TX. The DFW area is home to dozens of music therapists in a wide variety of settings, from public schools to psychiatric facilities to home health to hospitals. Interning in this music therapy hot spot will provide unique opportunities for observation and networking.
We primarily serve individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities as well as elderly clients. Current clients are all ages and have the following diagnoses: Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), PDD-NOS (Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Other Specified), Asperger’s Syndrome, intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), William Syndrome, Down Syndrome, Charge Syndrome, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), brain tumor, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS), Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum (ACC), Cerebral Palsy (CP), Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), depression, Alzheimer’s Disease, dementia, epilepsy, chronic lung failure, vision impairment, hearing impairment, general medical conditions, and other diagnoses.
Start Dates and Stipends
Start dates: January 1, April 1, July 1, October 1
Description of Music Therapy Services
Heart and Harmony Music Therapy offers music therapy services in the form of assessments, individual sessions, and group sessions. Music therapy sessions utilize music as the medium to facilitate progress in the areas of cognitive, social, emotional, physical, and communication skills. Individualized data-based goals and objectives are tracked throughout the treatment plan and are updated according to progress each quarter.
Adapted music lessons are also offered, but the focus of lessons is on a musical outcome. Progress is often seen in motor areas, social skills, and cognition, but that is not the focus of adapted music lessons.
Space and Equipment
H&H therapists see clients in their homes, facilities, and at the H&H studio. Therapists’ vehicles are utilized for travel in approximately 90% of sessions. The intern is required to have transportation to meet the therapist each morning, but therapists’ vehicles and gas will be utilized for all client contact. Travel time ranges between 5 and 45 minutes between clients, and this time may be utilized for music therapy discussion between intern and supervisors. In the private practice setting, it is crucial for a therapist to have his or her own office space. Clinical Director has a home studio/office space but also carries many supplies in a traveling bag so that downtime in the car can be utilized to the fullest. Interns will be expected to set up an office space in their own home to complete paperwork, visual aids, etc. Tools for organization will be shared with the intern, but ultimately it is most important for the intern to find their own organizational rhythm. Office appliances including a color printer, scanner, copier, and laminator will be available for the intern’s use at Clinical Director’s home studio during typical business hours. All equipment, including instruments, visual aids, props, and music materials will be provided by Clinical Director. The intern should own his or her own guitar and keyboard in order to practice at home.
Heart and Harmony offers four internship start dates per year, beginning on January 1, April 1, July 1, and October 1. Applications are due April 1st for October and January start dates, and October 1st for April and July start dates. An application may be obtained from our website above and may be returned via snail mail or digitally via email. Applicants are encouraged to observe at our private practice if at all possible. Not only will this time count toward pre-internship hours, but it will give applicant insight into music therapy session plans, travel time, and documentation procedures which may be unique to the private practice setting.
Please contact Madison Michel at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.