One of the problems about working in a clinic is that I have to go to staff meetings. That in itself is not so awful – gets me a free lunch. However, the problem is that I’m the only music therapist working in a behavioral clinic, and the agenda is primarily filled with issues I can’t relate to. For example, as a music therapist, I’m responsible for writing quarterly reports (every three months), whereas the BTs have to do monthlies. The have a whole format they have to follow, target behaviors they’re tracking, a whole laundry list of stuff that has to be straightened out. So, it seems like I have to sit there for 75% of a 90 minute meeting without having anything that is helpful to my situation.
At the end, they’re trying to get people to do a presentation about clients, telling the background and getting some feedback on other techniques that might work. This is at least somewhat interesting to me as I can provide a completely different perspective. We had a presentation a few months ago where the BT was having trouble with the client not speaking to her. It’s not an inability to speak, it’s just a teenage silent treatment. Since we often think about the role of silence in music therapy, I made the suggestion that she (the BT) try to not speak and do all communication nonverbally. I haven’t heard any follow-up, so I don’t know if she tried my idea.
Other than that, it feels like staff meetings are a waste of my time. But it’s one of the requirements, and I go. For yesterday’s meeting, I was feeling sick and REALLY did not want to be there. But, as I mentioned, free lunch.