Music Therapy Advocacy!

Happy Music Therapy Advocacy Month!

As a music therapy intern who just completed my internship at Metro Music Therapy, I have had the opportunity to experience the multitude of ways that music therapy can positively transform patients’ lives. Academic classes in college certainly hammered in AMTA’s definition of music therapy such that I could recite it in my sleep: “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.” Practicum sites in college gave me glimpses of how that definition applied to direct patient care. However, completing internship and learning to implement such music interventions with a more diverse variety of populations than I could have ever imagined has given me new insight into the importance of music therapy advocacy.

Music therapy groups can create a safe space with a sense of belonging for youth in the foster care system who have rarely known what belonging felt like before. They can create a welcoming community for refugee children who are navigating an entirely new country. Music therapy can provide comfort and relief from agitation for hospice patients who are nearing the end of their lives. It can increase quality of life for residents in nursing homes, assisted living, and memory care units. Music therapy can provide a unique outlet for emotional expression and processing for veterans who are suffering from symptoms of PTSD. It can help mitigate symptoms of mental illness for individuals in a behavioral health facility. Music therapy can do all of this and so much more.

Atlanta Veteran Songwriting Retreat – November 2019

With increasing advocacy efforts for music therapy, music therapists can continue to work with the populations most commonly served, expand services for those populations less commonly served, and design new programs to reach populations that have not yet had the opportunity to reap the benefits of high-quality music therapy care. As I have seen during my time at Metro Music Therapy, with a positive attitude that anything is possible, music therapy can continue to transform clients’ and patients’ lives for the better.

– Written by Haley Smith

Happy New Year!

HAPPY 2020!

We love to start our year off with reflection of the past while visioning for the future. Among many other discussions, at our first staff meeting of 2020, we talked about what makes Metro Music Therapy different than any other private practice out there. Here is what we bring to the table:

+ We’re passionate about serving
+ We empower & encourage those who may be unseen to society
+ We believe everyone has worth!
+ We believe in human connection
+ We love our community
+ We exist to help others
+ We’re creating jobs!
+ We’re creating internship/teaching opportunities!
+ We’re passing on experience & wisdom to our field
+ We’re a connected team
+ We workshop issues & celebrate victories
+ Supportive environment for staff & clients
+ We have an encourage great communication
+ We’re authentic
+ Genuine
+ Trustworthy
+ We say Yes!
+ We’re brave & bold
+ AWESOME at our craft
+ 50+ years of experience among our entire team!
+ We like each other and HAVE FUN!

We’d love to work with you in 2020! ?
(Awesome team members, Kevin and Paola, missing from photos)

2020-01-22T18:46:56+00:00January 13th, 2020|Music Therapy|
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