Terrell State Hospital

Terrell, TX

Clients Served

Setting(s): Inpatient psychiatric unit,
Population(s): Other: schizophrenia, Substance abuse, Alzheimer's/dementia, Behavioral disorder, Elderly persons, Dual diagnosed, Abused/sexually abused, Other: Major Depression, Other: Bi-polar disorder
Age Range: Child-old adult

Facility Characteristics

Terrell State Hospital is a psychiatric hospital with an in-patient census of approximately 300. The primary diagnostic groups served are Schizophrenia, Bi-polar Disorder, and Major Depression. The average stay for a patient on the acute unit is less than 20 days. The Adjunctive Therapy Department (ATD) includes music therapists, recreation therapists, education specialists, a substance abuse counselor, and paraprofessional staff. ATD provides activities and therapy sessions for all patient populations. These "classes" are held Monday-Friday in the Menendez Center and include: Music Therapy, Recreational Therapy, Animal Assisted Therapy, Creative Dramatics, Art, Dance, Creative Expressions, Horticulture, Sports, Physical Conditioning, Toolbox for recovery, Substance Abuse Education, Computer Literacy, Women's/Men's Issues, etc. Music Therapists provide daily music therapy group sessions at the Menendez Center. Music Therapists also provide unit-based sessions to the children's unit, adolescent's unit, medical unit, and geriatric unit.


Following a two week orientation, interns will gradually transition into leading, co-leading, and designing programs for various music therapy groups. They will work with a variety of patient ages and functioning levels. Interns will have the opportunity for individual sessions and for treatment team experiences. In addition to training by supervising music therapists, interns will have the opportunity to consult with and learn from professionals in other disciplines within the department.


Starting Months: February, September
Housing: Provided
Meals: Not provided
Stipend: $0.00

Clinical Training Director

Terrell State Hospital
Angela Tierney, MT-BC
Adjunctive Therapies Department
Box 70
Terrell, TX 75160
Phone: (972) 551-8905
Fax: (972) 551-8831
email: angela.tierney@dshs.state.tx.us