Music therapy student Amy Hines will start an internship with St. Elizabeths Hospital, an inpatient psychiatric facility in Washington, D.C., in September 2016.
St. Elizabeths Hospital offers short-term and long-term psychiatric care to individuals living with mental illness. The hospital serves patients with a wide range of diagnoses. Their intensive care wing houses patients who are either civilly or forensically committed, some of whom have been judged not guilty by reason of insanity.
Music therapy interns at St. Elizabeths Hospital work with patients both one-on-one and in groups. They may work collaboratively with other trainees in rehabilitative services and creative arts therapies.
Amy’s six-month internship will fulfill the clinical hours requirement that, in addition to completing her coursework in the Marylhurst music therapy program, makes her eligible to take the exam to become a board-certified music therapist.
“I chose Washington, D.C. because I was looking for internships that were unique and interesting and involved work with populations that I might be interested in,” Amy explained. She kept herself open to relocating for an internship, she added.
When asked where she sees herself in the future, Amy replied, “I think I am going to play it by ear and see what opportunities arise. In terms of clinical populations, I am interested in the use of music therapy in mental health and correctional settings, but I am also interested in many other settings and populations, including medical music therapy and music therapy with children. I look forward to keeping my options open and seeing what will happen next.”
Amy Hines is working toward completing her Bachelor of Music Therapy degree from Marylhurst University in 2017.