Certified Harp Therapist & Certified Master Harp Therapist

These dynamic, transformative programs each include a 120-hour mentored internship which may be completed at one of our host hospitals (including Abington Memorial Hospital in Abington, PA; Eastern Regional Medical Center at Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Philadelphia; Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Hamilton, and Rahway, NJ; The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, NJ; and Saint Claire’s Hospital in Denville, NJ) or at any pre-approved medical facility.

If you complete 80% or more of your internship at one of our host hospitals, you will receive the special designation of Hospital-Certified. If you complete 50% or more, you will receive the designation of Hospital Intensive. If you work in one of our host hospitals twenty hours per week for 2 consecutive weeks, you will receive the designation of Internship Intensive.

The first level of certification (Certified Harp Therapist) consists of 310 hours: Modules I through IV, consisting of 134 hours of classroom training, a 36-hour online course on ethics, Module V, consisting of a 128-hour internship and 12 one-on-one contact hours. At registration, tuition for two modules will be due: Module I, to be paid directly to the college; and Module V, for which you will be billed directly by BEDSIDE HARP.

Completion of all of the above is required for the Certified Harp Therapist designation. The Mastery level requires completion of an additional 185 hours including two additional modules: Module VI, a 120-hour internship (payable directly to BEDSIDE HARP) and Module VII, a 17-hour classroom module (payable to the College).

In addition to the classroom and internship portions of both levels of the program, there are required readings, journaling, recordkeeping and other written and oral assignments, as well as repertoire development and a final review. Certification renewal is required every three years after graduation and involves verifying having played in a therapeutic setting for a minimum number of hours, completion of a minimum number of continuing professional units (CPU’s) and a nominal certification renewal fee (currently set at $50).

Prerequisite: Admission by permission of the instructor. An interview by instructor and your submission of an audio tape or CD in which you play ten simple tunes are required.

All sessions will be held in the Bedside Harp Great Room, 6318 Neshaminy Valley Drive, Bensalem, PA/*$725 per module (plus one-time materials fee of $200 payable to the instructor) Please note: Payment for Module I to Bucks County Community College due at registration
Team-taught: Led by Edie Eileen Elkan, MA,
Hospital-Certified Master Harp Therapist.

Module I:  To Soothe The Savage Breast

WSMCE 4010 CA1/


Module II: Glimpses Within

WSMCE 4011 CA1/


Module III: Working with the Depressed, the Seriously Ill and the Dying

WSMCE 4012 CA1/ Thur, 7/17, 9:30am-5:30pm; Fri, 7/18, 9:30am-5:30pm; Sa, 7/19, 1:00pm-9:00pm; Su, 7/20, 9:30am-5:30pm; Mo, 7/21, 1:00pm-9:00pm & Tues, 7/22, 9:30am-5:30pm


Module IV: Creating Work for Yourself

WSMCE 4013 CA1/ Sa, Su, 9/6 & 9/7, 9:30am-5:30pm; Fri, 9/12, 9:30am-5:30pm; Sa, 9/13, 2pm-9pm &
Su, 9/14, 9:30am-5:30pm


For more information on Hypnotherapy and Certified Harp Therapist & Certified Master Harp Therapist contact Maryann Brennan at (215) 968-8104 or brennanm@bucks.edu

Conversation on Ethics for Harp Therapists

This course will explore the ethical dilemmas inherent in the field of harp therapy. Using the text, The Ethics of Touch, by Ben E. Benjamin, Ph.D. and Cherie Sohnen-Moe, you will learn key terms, read codes of ethics for other fields, understand the concepts of self-accountability, values, ethical dilemmas and core psycholgoical concepts. Areas to be highlighted are: Boundaries, Dynamics of Effective Communication, Dual Relationships, and Business Ethics. Edie Eileen Elkan, B.A., M.A.

Online/$325/WSMCE 4020 C20/ 9/22-12/22