The Karelsie Music Therapy Program

This year, the music therapy program at the Kravis Children’s Hospital at Mount Sinai has seen some significant evolution.  We have furthered our mission by brining in the first-ever graduate music therapy student, which marks the beginning of what we expect will be an expanding music therapy internship program over the coming years.  And clinically, there has been an increased focus on using music therapy interventions to address pain management with our patients.  The importance of having a comprehensive understanding of pediatric pain and of developing integrative treatment approaches that include interventions other than analgesic treatment are now being recognized as essential aspects to effective treatment of pain.   We are now deepening our exploration of music therapy to address this important clinical area and will also be exploring potential avenues for research in this domain.

Music therapy has remained a vital part of the services we offer to patients and families.  On a daily basis, we provide interventions that range from acute needs around procedural support and pain management to work with dying patients or bereaved families.  We provide therapeutic activities for creative stimulation and expression and also engage in psychotherapeutic work to perform patient assessments and facilitate exploration of traumas and deeper psychic and emotional barriers that impact their autonomy, perception of self, or their capacity to maintain a healthy level of compliance with treatment.  We look forward to continuing this work and making positive contributions to the overall health and well-being of the families we serve.