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Feb. 13, 2008
CONTACT: Ron Podell
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EMU student wins national music therapy scholarship

YPSILANTI — Jennifer Korff, a senior in Eastern Michigan University’s Music Therapy Program, has received one of two Edwina Eustis Dick Scholarships For Music Therapy Interns. The cash scholarship is worth $500.

Korff, of Poseyville, Ind., has completed all on-campus course work at EMU and is currently in the midst of her 900-hour clinical training requirement at Shriners Burns Hospital, in Galveston, Texas.

“It’s really exciting for my work to be recognized by the profession’s national organization,” Korff said. “In addition, my internship — like so many of those in the human services field — is unpaid. The scholarship will be very beneficial in helping me financially survive the next six months.”

This internship experience offers Korff the opportunity to learn about pediatric burn rehabilitation as well as issues common to hospitalized children and adolescents. In addition to facilitating individual and group music therapy sessions, Korff also co-treats with other disciplines such as physical therapy. Korff writes assessments, develops goals, and implements treatment interventions to facilitate both the emotional and physical recovery processes for patients. Such interventions facilitate the patient's ability to cope with pain/anxiety; to cope with feelings related to injury/hospitalization; and to reinforce their functional ability for fine and gross motor skill development.

Due to the hospital's population demographics, Korff has encountered various cultural backgrounds and will grow to understand how trauma and hospitalization affect children and families in different ways.

In addition to her clinical music therapy work, Korff will present two in-service programs; write journal article critiques; produce one video-taped critique of a music therapy session; write sample AMTA conference proposals; create documentation forms; create a special project of her choice; and practice other professional skills necessary for a successful career in music therapy.

To be eligible for the scholarship, a student must be from an AMTA- approved academic

program, be a current student member of AMTA, and intern any time between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31 of the year in which the award is given. Applicants must be current student members of AMTA in the year in which they apply and the year in which the scholarship  is granted.

For more information on music therapy, visit the American Therapy Association’s Web site at www.musictherapy.org. For more on EMU’s program, go to http://www.emich.edu/music/html/music_therapy.html


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