At Nemours Children’s Hospital, Delaware, we offer both music and art therapy. These therapies are evidence-based health services in which music and art are used within a therapeutic relationship to support children’s social, psychological, cognitive and physical wellness.
Our creative arts therapists are Masters-level, board-certified professionals who use art modalities and creative processes to support wellness and health. We’re fortunate to have a lively creative arts program that includes music therapy and art therapy.
Music therapists are trained in ways to safely use music as a therapeutic tool to address children’s treatment goals. Music therapists are able to bring out the musician in all patients, regardless of their previous experiences.
Children are offered opportunities to:
Clinical studies have shown that music therapy has biological effects on patients, such as influencing:
Music also has been shown to have beneficial effects on children’s emotional and social health.
Art therapy is a way for both patients and their families to use creative expression to help deal with the stress, difficulties and pain that often can come with a stay in the hospital. No previous art skills needed — art therapy is about the process of engaging in a creative endeavor to help support emotional health and expression.
In art therapy, children can:
A visual history is created within the art therapy sessions. This allows children to be able to look back to see their journey and progress while readying for the future while in the hospital.
The Creative Arts Therapy (CAT) internship program strives to support the development of students emerging into the art and music therapy fields. Our program provides students with opportunities to develop their professional competencies through experiences such as working clinically with hospitalized children, participating in supervision, and developing their professional frameworks. Our supervisors are board-certified art and music therapists. Supervisors provide a comprehensive training program to master's students enrolled in an accredited program certified by either the American Art Therapy Association (AATA) or the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA).
We seek applicants who have experience working with children, foundations in child development, and a working knowledge of the psychosocial issues related to the hospitalized child. Students interested in applying are required to submit a formal application in order to be considered for an internship. Application is not a guarantee of acceptance.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply seven months prior to their desired internship term. For qualifying applicants, interview dates will be scheduled based upon internship position availability. A limited number of students are accepted due to an expectation that we provide interns with quality supervision and education during placement. Internship offers will be extended within one month of applicants' interviews. Late applications will be considered only as space allows.
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Welcome to Nemours’s Arts in Medicine (AIM) program, where local and international musicians and artists share their talents with our hospital community. Our AIM program strives to help transform the health care environment by providing patients and families with a variety of art experiences. The AIM program helps make the hospital experience feel less stressful by:
Our program includes volunteers, visiting artists and artists-in-residence who work in specialized roles with our creative arts therapists.
Volunteers are local amateur or professional artists and musicians who serve our hospital on a continuous basis. These volunteers are members of the Nemours’s hospital volunteer program. Also, they participate in a competency-based certification training led by our creative arts therapists. Once certified, volunteers enrich our healthcare environment by:
Visiting artists are national and international professional artists and musicians who serve our hospital for specific periods of time. They enhance our environment of care through beautification projects, temporary exhibits, performances and in services. Creative arts therapists oversee these artists’ orientations, supervision and project designs. These art experiences may benefit patients and families by providing them with positive distractions, educational experiences, community interactions and pleasing surroundings.
Artist-in-residence participants are experts within their field and have advanced insights into the healing power of the arts. These artists serve for a specified period of time and reside on the Nemours campus during their time of service. The creative arts therapists provide these artists with supervision, training and support in the development and implementation of their artistic programming. In exchange, these artists provide our hospital with specialized events, performances, exhibits and presentations. These experiences benefit our community by providing meaningful cultural exchanges, collaborative ventures and an advancement of cultural understanding.
Those interested in applying to be a volunteer, visiting artist or artist-in-residence should email their name, contact information, statement of interest and résumé to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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