Midday Guest: Jim Pierce, assistant professor of music therapy - WDAM - TV 7 - News, Weather and Sports

Midday Guest: Jim Pierce, assistant professor of music therapy at William Carey University

Posted: Updated:
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

Today's Midday Guest was Jim Pierce with William Carey University.

Forrest General and William Carey University have a partnership that provides weekly music therapy sessions to oncology and pediatric patients.

The partnership is mutually beneficial to William Carey and Forrest General.  The program gives students vital practicum experience while allowing Forrest General to expand its services and enhance patient care.

"The relationship between William Carey University and Forrest General Hospital is the only music therapy program with a medical setting practicum experience in the state of Mississippi.  The mutually beneficial arrangement is a vital component to our cutting edge music therapy program and we have had the pleasure of reaching many patients.  Music therapy services uses clinical and evidenced based music therapy techniques to achieve nonmusical goals that have an immediate positive impact on daily lives of the patients.  It is great to be working with such outstanding, caring doctors and staff found at Forrest General Hospital," said Jim Pierce, assistant professor of music therapy at William Carey University.

 Music Therapy is a clinical and evidence-based health profession that uses music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional to address physical, emotional, cognitive and/or social needs. "We have received such positive responses from our patients regarding the Music Therapy program.  Music Therapy interventions can be designed to assist in managing stress, alleviating pain, expressing feelings, improving communication and promoting wellness and physical rehabilitation.  We are grateful that William Carey has partnered with us to provide this wonderful addition to the Forrest General patient experience and support our ‘We Care' philosophy," said Millie Swan, chief of marketing and medical staff services.

 How is a Typical Music Therapy Session Beneficial?

  • Active music engagement, incorporating improvisation, can support the patient by offering control, validating feelings and processing of the experience.
  • Avoidance coping style, music has been used as a successful distraction technique.
  • Children in critical care may address general sensory stimulation, environmental awareness, or emotional coping issues.

Copyright 2013 WDAM. All rights reserved.

 

  • LOCALLOCALMore>>

  • Perry County hosts new farmers' market

    Perry County hosts new farmers' market

    Saturday, August 23 2014 3:13 PM EDT2014-08-23 19:13:46 GMT
    Perry County farmers gathered with local residents looking for bargains on fresh foods and craft items Saturday at a first-ever event designed to boost the local economy. A new farmer's market at theMore >>
    It's a monthly event that the Perry County Board of Supervisors hopes will improve the economy and bring more visitors to the area.More >>
  • One dead, one in custody after late night shooting in Hattiesburg

    One dead, one in custody after late night shooting in Hattiesburg

    Saturday, August 23 2014 9:24 AM EDT2014-08-23 13:24:41 GMT
    A Hattiesburg man is dead, and another in custody after a late night shooting on Dabbs Street.  Carlos Yancey, 35, of Hattiesburg died from what appeared to be a gun shot wound according Forrest CountyMore >>
    A Hattiesburg man is dead, and another in custody after a late night shooting on Dabbs Street.More >>
  • A rally to prevent drop-outs

    A rally to prevent drop-outs

    Saturday, August 23 2014 2:00 AM EDT2014-08-23 06:00:12 GMT
    Gautier schools came together this Thursday for a Destination Graduation celebration. Destination Graduation is a drop-out prevention program put in place by the Pascagoula School District to raise theMore >>
    Gautier schools came together this Thursday for a Destination Graduation celebration.
    Destination Graduation is a drop-out prevention program put in place by the Pascagoula School District to raise the graduation rate to 100% over the next five years.








     
    More >>