Hospice care is an interdisciplinary, team approach to care. Teams at Hospice of Palm Beach County are organized geographically across the county. Services are provided to patients in their homes, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, and at inpatient units. The members of the hospice team consist of registered nurses, certified nursing assistants, social workers, spiritual care counselors, music therapists, holistic therapists, bereavement counselors, and volunteers. Bereavement support is provided for the family after the death of the patient through individual counseling and loss-specific support groups, including specialized children's programs.
Nearly 1400 highly trained Hospice of Palm Beach County employees make ours a program that excels in innovative care and quality service to our community. Support from the community and proceeds from events also allow us to provide additional services above and beyond traditional Hospice care, including thriving programs in music therapy, massage therapy, and bereavement.
Interns have the opportunity to work with all members of the interdisciplinary team and to shadow each of our 10 music therapists. After orientation, interns begin to work more closely with their Internship Director and Internship Supervisors.
Internship Directors and Supervisors
Elisa Aven, M.M., MT-BC, received both her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Music Therapy from Florida State University and completed her six-month clinical internship with Hospice of Palm Beach County in 2011. She has been employed with the company since 2013 working with patients in the home, inpatient, and facility settings.
Trent Barrick, MT-BC, works with patients and families in homes, in-patient care centers, skilled nursing and assisted living facilities. Trent received a Bachelor's in Music with emphasis in Music Therapy from the University of Louisville in Louisville, KY. Trent finished his internship at Hospice of Palm Beach County in 2011, prior to being launched into Broward County to help establish and grow the presence of music therapy in the community.
Sheri Clark, MME, MT-BC, has worked as a Hospice Music Therapist since 1994, including working at Hospice of Palm Beach County since 2006. Sheri provides music therapy services to patients in homes, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, and inpatient hospital units. She received her Bachelor of Music Therapy degree from Phillips University in Enid, OK and her Masters in Music Therapy from the University of Kansas. Throughout her career, Sheri has enjoyed supervising music therapy practicum students and interns.
AMTA National Roster Internship Director
Michelle Miller, MT-BC, is the Music Therapy Education Lead, overseeing the internship program, music therapy continuing education, and new music therapist orientation at TrustBridge Health. She received a Bachelor of Music Therapy from Eastern Michigan University and has attended the Neurologic Music Therapy Training Institute. She has worked as a music therapist since 2007 and has extensive experience in the hospice setting. She also has experience in education and private practice settings. Michelle has been an internship supervisor since 2009 and is very excited to share her passion for music therapy as well as provide education to music therapy students.
Equipment available for the intern includes:
• Fake books
• Yamaha upright piano
• Paddle drums
• Child's Conga drums
• Bass guitar
• Lap Harp
• Sensory Stimulation Kits
• Yamaha electronic keyboards
• Rhythm eggs
• Classical and Acousitc guitars
• CD/cassette boom boxes
• Karaoke machine
• Minidisc Digital Recorder
• iTunes account
• LP rhythm bags/kits
• Tubano drums
• Electric guitars
• Rhythm instruments
• Apple Macbook Pro