Music Therapy Week in Minnesota (#MTweekMN) is March 13-19, 2016! The purpose of music therapy week is to raise awareness of and celebrate the profession of music therapy and the impact it has on those who receive music therapy services.
The American Music Therapy Association defines music therapy as the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program.
At Sojourn, Jennifer Hicks (a board-certified music therapist) leads music therapy sessions on Mondays and Tuesdays, including worship services, “VIP” groups for individuals with dementia, Music/Memories/Motion and Healing Drums sessions and Concert Choir and Tone Chimes rehearsals. After approval from the social worker and care plan team, music therapy is included as a therapeutic intervention in the care plans of clients who would benefit from these services, along with a specific goal for each client. Jennifer documents daily and monthly on each client’s progress
towards these goals.
In addition, Jennifer serves as Supervisor for practicum students from Augsburg College’s Master’s of Music Therapy Equivalency Program and is partnering with a fellow music therapy business owner to create a national roster internship site. She also manages PR for the Music Therapy Association of Minnesota.
Jennifer loves using music therapy to make each day GREAT for her clients at Sojourn, seeing individuals who may struggle to communicate express themselves through playing the drums or singing and reminiscing about their favorite songs and encouraging individuals to find the courage to sing a solo while surrounded by a supportive and caring community!
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