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Certified Music Therapist I (Per Diem/Pool, Day shift)

EXPRESSIVE THERAPIES Florida-Miami-Nicklaus Children's Hospital - Main Hospital Campus Miami, Florida Requisition ID 25998


Job Summary

Provides evaluations and establishes a treatment plan for therapy.  Collects and analyzes data from the patient's responses to music. Specializes in working with a variety of patients to help manage pain, reduce stress, express emotion, enhance memory, improve communication, and promote physical rehabilitation. Patients include those with developmental disorders, mental health disorders, neurological conditions, trauma, neonates, and other medical needs for children birth to 21 years of age. Works independently or alongside peers in other therapeutic specialties, Multidisciplinary Clinics and collaborations, whilst providing professional services to establish individual goals to pursue, and then design music-based interventions to meet those goals within the inpatient and outpatient populations within the hospital setting.

Job Specific Duties

  • Assesses patient functioning levels, strengths, and areas of need in terms of sensorimotor, social/emotional, communicative, cognitive, and musical domains.
  • Develops a plan of care outlining area of deficit, activity restrictions, context and assistance needed, and ensures functional, realistic, and measurable treatment goals and/or status of ongoing goals.
  • Conducts music therapy sessions providing guided self-expression experiences to help patients recover from or cope with cognitive, communicative, emotional, or physical impairments.
  • Maintains active and supportive communication with the patient, caregiver(s), and others regarding progress, before, during, and after non-sedative medical procedures and/or surgeries using music therapy and music psychotherapy counseling techniques. 
  • Follows Episodic Care Model and initiates, documents, and prepares the patient/family for discharge at the time of the evaluation based on maximum potential or when benefit of therapy is reached. 
  • Participates in interdisciplinary/multidisciplinary meetings and other related meetings/rounding to communicate patient assessment findings & recommendations with multi- disciplinary team to improve patient outcomes and develop, coordinate, or integrate treatment plans. 
  • Records daily patient documentation, statistics, and charges accurately and in a timely manner as determined by meeting departmental standards. 
  • Maintains and documents productivity standards set by leaders.
  • Responsible for addressing a variety of developmental and psychosocial needs of children and adolescents in the hospital environment.
  • Effectively engages with patients and families in both individual one-to-one bedside sessions and group music therapy sessions to build rapport and acknowledge their progress. 
  • Maintains and ensures cleanliness and organization of work area, musical instruments, and other equipment.
  • Provides proof of at least 1 in-service specific to evidenced-based practices/literature review.
  • Provides proof of at least 1 peer review (case study presentation) incorporating evidenced-based practices into treatment plan. 
  • Maintains ongoing CEUs to maintain professional licensure and clinical excellence. 


Minimum Job Requirements

  • Bachelor's Degree in Music Therapy from AMTA approved program 
  • American Heart Association BLS - maintain active and in good standing throughout employment
  • CBMT - Certification Board for Music Therapists - maintain active and in good standing throughout employment

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Membership and active participation within AMTA preferred.
  • Experience providing music therapy in pediatric setting preferred.
  • Bilingual preferred.
  • Basic knowledge in physiology and childhood development.
  • Knowledge of procedures, illnesses, injuries, and other related events on an inpatient unit.
  • Ability to play guitar, keyboard piano, ukulele, hand percussion instruments.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Able to maintain confidentiality of sensitive information.
  • Analytical ability necessary to evaluate patient condition, to interpret and analyze data, assess patient progress, and determine appropriate follow-up.
  • Able to relate cooperatively and constructively with patients, families, and co-workers.
  • Demonstrate compassionate demeanor with patients and families.

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Joining a new organization can be daunting or overwhelming. But at Nicklaus, your colleagues make you feel welcomed. They taught me to celebrate our accomplishments and band together during challenging times. This is not easy to find in healthcare these days, so I’m grateful to have found an amazing place to work with people and leadership who have my well-being in mind.

Lova Renee Brunson Manager Accreditation & Regulatory

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We all take responsibility here – for the children, their families, our work and each other. We meet our responsibilities head on and motivate each other to succeed.

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Advocate for children. Advocate for families. Advocate for yourself. But most of all, advocate for getting the job done right and you will find nothing but success and support in your career here.

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At Nicklaus Children’s, change is not to be feared. When you work here, you are always working with the most advanced tools and procedures available.

Empathy is everything.

We expect our team members to have empathy for the patients and families they treat, and in turn, we have empathy for them. We take care of everyone in the Nicklaus Children’s family with competitive benefits and our supportive culture.

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