Earning the Certificate in Hospice and Palliative Care Music Therapy (HPMT):  Since the Center’s founding in 2005, requirements for earning the HPMT Certificate did not change until 2017. During that time, we collected feedback from our participants and heard from many of them that the Grief and Loss Music Therapy Institute taught as one 50 CMTE course was simply too much – it had too much information and was too tiring for participants to complete in 4 days.  They strongly encouraged us to maintain the amount of learning materials but spread them over 2 courses rather than just a single weekend course. Based on their feedback, we divided this course into 2 separate courses – one focusing on Children and Adolescents and the second focusing on Adults and Seniors. Starting with our 2017 cycle of courses, the Center will offer 2 courses rather than 1 focusing on grief and loss music therapy.

Participants taking CMTE courses at the Center may earn the Hospice and Palliative Care Music Therapy (HPMT) Certificate upon the completion of the following courses that do not have to be taken in any sequence or within any timeframe (no substitutions permitted):

  1. Counseling Skills for Music Therapists Institute (30 CMTEs)
  2. Hospice & Palliative Care Music Therapy Institute (50 CMTEs) – includes a 5-hour Gospel and Motown repertoire development and clinical rounds with hospice patients and families.
  3. Adult and Seniors Grief & Loss Music Therapy Institute (30 CMTEs) – includes a 5-hour Hispanic Music repertoire development.
  4. Child and Adolescent Grief & Loss Music Therapy Institute (30 CMTEs) – includes a day at Camp Kangaroo, a music therapy-based children’s grief camp.

All Institutes are taught by Dr. Russell Hilliard and Center Staff Instructors.