The Online Conference for Music Therapy
2014 Conference: Beyond Borders
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Wendy Magee, PhD: Therapeutic Applications of Music Technologies Across the Life Span: Expanding the Boundaries of Practice and Research
Technology, in the broader sense, has been used in music therapy since the profession’s development during the latter half of the 20th century. However, in the last decade alone society has seen the development of hand held devices, such as MP3 players, smart phones and tablets. All of these devices have revolutionized the way society at large interacts with and depends upon digital technologies, particularly in regards to music listening, music storage, music creation and music performance. The music therapy profession has struggled to respond to this exponential rate of technological developments as the training resources for applying technologies therapeutically have been lacking.
Drawing from my recent book on this topic, I will summarize some key issues stemming from a number of research projects that have explored music therapy practice using a range of technologies. Illustrating indications for the use of technology with clinical examples, I will also discuss some of the contraindications for using these tools. The presentation will include information about widely accessible resources for music technology in music therapy for practitioners wishing to explore more its application with people with complex needs.
- Participants will be able to state three indicators for using technology in music therapy (CBMT Scope of Practice: I. C. 8. 10. 12; IV. A. 7);
- Participants will be able to identify 3 future directions for research concerning digital and electronic music technologies in music therapy (CBMT Scope of Practice: I. C. 8. 10. 12; IV. A. 7).
About Wendy Magee, PhD:
Wendy L. Magee PhD is Associate Professor of Music Therapy at Temple University, Philadelphia. Before this, she worked in neuropalliative rehabilitation for nearly 25 years as a music therapy clinician, researcher, manager and trainer. Based at the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability in London between 1990-2011 she worked with adults with acquired and complex neuro-disabilities, including a post-doctoral fellowship in Music Therapy (2004-2011). During this time, she began research into the use of music technology in music therapy, culminating in a Leverhulme Fellowship held at Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA. Her recent book, Music Technology in Therapeutic and Health Settings stems from her collaboration with Berklee. Dr. Magee has recently won grants to further her research into music technology in therapeutic contexts and also into assessment tools for people in disorders of consciousness.
Dr. Simon Gilbertson, Dr. rer.medic., RMTh: Beyond the borders: Music therapy for the inseparable human
In this presentation Dr. Gilbertson will be considering how music therapy is one way of considering how humans are linked beyond the borders of concepts such as cellular, neural and interpersonal domains. Whilst discussing the concept of the inseparable human, he will discuss my understanding of the central, peripheral and social nervous systems in which human life takes place and highlight this with examples from music therapy practice and research.
1. Participants will identify at least two ways as to how the way in which conceptual borders are conventionally used to describe fields of interest in music therapy (CBMT Scope of Practice: I. C. 2. a; IV. A. 1. 2)
2. Participants will identify at least two conceptual borders which are used in one’s own music therapy practice and research (CBMT Scope of Practice: I. B. 4)
About Simon Gilbertson, Dr, rer, medic., RMTh:
Simon Gilbertson is Associate Professor and Head of Studies of the 5-year integrated MA in Music Therapy, Grieg Academy, University of Bergen, Norway. Since qualifying in 1993 in London, he has worked as a clinician, researcher and educator in England, Germany, Ireland and Norway and has experience with children and adults with cancer, individuals with unique developmental biographies, and neurological illness/trauma. He authored ‘Music therapy and traumatic brain injury: A light on a dark night’ with David Aldridge and is an Associate Editor of the Nordic Journal of Music Therapy. His current research interests include neurorehabilitation, the Arts, embodied and extended perception and cognition, interdisciplinarity, and multimodality as found intertwined throughout central, peripheral and social nervous systems.
A. Blythe LaGasse, PhD, MT-BC: Considerations and Techniques for Working with People on the Autism Spectrum
Current research indicates that children with Autism Spectrum Disorder have neurological differences that may underlie core characteristics. We will briefly review the evidence in ASD and discuss implications in clinical practice. Music therapy techniques and accommodations will be discussed in terms of how they may impact cognitive, sensorimotor, or speech tasks.
- Participants will be able to identify at least three cortical differences that have been found in autism and how these differences would impact functioning (CBMT Scope of Practice I. C. 2. A; IV. A. 2)
- Participants will be able to identify at least two techniques for working with persons with ASD. (CBMT Scope of Practice I. A. 5)
About A. Blythe LaGasse, Ph.D., MT-BC
Blythe LaGasse is the owner of Summit Music Therapy Services, a private practice that specializes in online continuing education and services for persons who have autism. She has over 12 years experience providing music therapy services to children. Blythe also the Coordinator of Music Therapy at Colorado State University.
Concurrent Session Speakers
Faith Halverson-Ramos, MA, MT-BC, LPC: Being in the “Hear” and Now: Music-Making as Mindfulness Practice
Research shows that mindfulness has a variety of health benefits. While traditionally associated with meditation practices, mindfulness can also be experienced through music- making. In this presentation, participants will deepen their understanding of mindfulness through music-based activities and examine possible implications for themselves and clients.
1. Participants will be able to identify at least two ways in which music-based mindfulness practice can be used for self-care (CBMT Scope of Practice: II. A. 2. B. d)
2. Participants will be able to identify at least two ways as to how music-based mindfulness practice can be integrated into cognitive, holistic, humanistic/existential, and transpersonal theoretical orientations (CBMT Scope of Practice: II. A. 4. B. c. d. f)
About Faith Halverson-Ramos, MA, MT-BC, LPC:
Faith Halverson-Ramos, MA, LPC, MT-BC is a board certified music therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor in Colorado, USA. Her clinical scope of practice is mental health and wellness, end-of-life, and palliative care. Mindfulness practice and Embodied Voicework are foundational to her music therapy approach.
Carol Ann Blank, MMT, MT-BC: Family Music Therapy for Young Children: Theory and Practice
Session explores therapist’s choice of interventions in a music therapy session with a parent-child dyad to promote gains for the child and parent and support healthy parent-child relationships. Using principles from music therapy and family therapy, participants will understand the importance of addressing the needs of the parent-child dyad. A review of the literature and clinical examples parent-child dyads focus this discussion.
1. Participants will identify at least two concepts in family music therapy literature pertinent to family music therapy (CBMT Scope of Practice: I. C. 2. A. 3; IV. A. 2).
2. Participants will be able to link at least two of these concepts in action through presented video case examples (CBMT Scope of Practice: I. C. 2. A. 3; IV. A. 2).
About Carol Ann Blank, MMT, MT-BC:
Carol Ann is a doctoral candidate at Drexel University and works for Music Together LLC. She provides mentoring to clinicians and lay-persons working with families of children with disabilities.
Natalie Jack, RMT, MTA, NMT: Mentally Ill Offenders and the Concept of Identity: Stories in Music Therapy
This presentation explores the concept of identity for patients with mental illness who are also offenders. Literature from the areas of labelling theory, ethics, and music therapy will be drawn on to examine the experience of mentally ill offenders who have been labelled with such terms as ‘crazy’, ‘psychotic’, ‘criminal’, ‘deviant’, ‘prisoner’ and others. The effect of labelling on patients’ identity will be considered, and how their sense of self develops through labelling. Cases will be presented that illustrate music therapy’s role in assisting mentally ill offenders to begin the process of rebuilding their identity through the use of music.
1. Participants will be able to identify at least two effects of society-imposed labels on their clients (CBMT Scope of Practice: I. B. 2. 3)
2. Participants will be able to identify at least two ways as to how clinical music therapy can assist in providing patients with positive labels and/or identity (CBMT Scope of Practice: I. C. 6. II. A. 5. g. j. l. m)
About Natalie Jack, RMT, MTA, NMT:
Natalie has worked in forensic mental-health in Canada and Australia. She is the Senior Clinician Music Therapist at Thomas Embling Hospital, a high-secure forensic psychiatric facility in Melbourne, Australia. She is studying a Masters in Mental-Health Science and has passions in the areas of clinical-professional supervision and music for pregnancy.
Lillieth Grand, MS, MT-BC: Dealing with Unavoidable Dual Relationships
The AMTA Code of Ethics says that we will not enter into dual relationships. However, there are times when dual relationships are unavoidable. Hear from this music therapist as she shares how she has dealt, successfully and unsuccessfully, with unavoidable dual relationships. This area is not black and white, rather shades of grey, but participants will have greater clarity for how to handle dual relationships when they arise.
1. Participants will have a greater understanding of the AMTA Code of Ethics.
2. Participants will each volunteer at least one unavoidable dual relationship and one way to deal professionally with that situation.
3. Participants will identify if they have dual relationships in their own lives.
About Lillieth Grand, Music Therapist:
Lillieth Grand, MS, MT-BC has been a music therapist for over 20 years. She owns Milestone Music Therapy, a private practice in Oregon. Lillieth is also the mother of three boys, two of them with special needs. She serves WRAMTA as Vice President, Conference Chair, and Assembly Delegate.
Mary Jane Landaker, MME, MT-BC: Double the Challenge: Working with Persons with Dual Diagnoses (Intellectual/Psychiatric Disorders)
Working with a person with developmental disabilities is challenging. Music therapists help clients focus on developmental and habilitation goals. Working with a person with psychiatric disorders is also challenging. Music therapists focus their clients on diminishing the symptoms of the disorder as well as understanding the life patterns of the disorder. Music therapy treatment is compounded when a person enters the music therapy clinic with both developmental and psychiatric concerns. This presentation will provide an overview of the use of music as a therapeutic medium in a facility for children and adolescents with co-morbid diagnoses on both the developmental and psychiatric spectra.
1. Participants will identify at least two possible challenges and two possible strengths of persons with dual diagnoses in music therapy treatment(CBMT Scope of Practice: I. A. 4. a. b. d. e. f. 7; I. C. 6. 12)
2. Participants will be able to develop at least one example for each of the three levels of goals for persons in treatment – primary, secondary, and tertiary (CBMT Scope of Practice: I. C. 6).
About Mary Jane Landaker, MME, MT-BC:
Mary Jane Landaker, MME, MT-BC is the staff music therapist at Lakemary Center, Inc. in Paola, Kansas. Throughout her career, she has worked with persons with developmental disabilities and psychiatric disorders. She is the owner of www.musictherapyworks.com
Julian O’Kelly, MSc, Dip MT, NMT, BA (Hons): Music Therapy with Disorders of Consciousness: Insights from Neurophysiological and Behavioral Study
Distinguishing between vegetative state (VS), where there are no indications of consciousness despite wakefulness, and minimally conscious state (MCS), is a challenging process. To address the lack of evidence supporting music therapy assessment, healthy (n:20), VS(n:12) and MCS (n:9) responses to music therapy and contrasting auditory stimuli were compared within neurophysiological (EEG, heart and respiration rate, heart and respiration rate variability) and behavioral measures. Significant findings across measures, including indications of arousal and selective attention in vegetative state patients will be discussed. Implications for the development of evidence based music therapy in the assessment and rehabilitation of this population will be explored.
1. Participants will be able to identify at least two ways as to how neurophysiological measures such as EEG may develop our understanding of music therapy with ‘non responsive’ populations (CBMT Scope of Practice: III. B. 1. 2. 5. 7)
About Julian O’Kelly, MSc, Dip MT, NMT, BA (Hons):
Julian began work as a clinician piloting a music therapy service for Rowcroft Hospice in South Devon, whilst helping the Towersey Foundation set up palliative care posts across the UK .He has published numerous papers, and regularly presents at international conferences and symposia. Following the appointment as Head of Music Therapy at the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability, he was awarded a PhD Mobility Fellowship with Aalborg University in 2010. His PhD study is focused on developing the evidence base for music therapy in the assessment and rehabilitation of those with disorders of consciousness.
Molly G. Hicks, MMT, MT-BC: Hospice Music Therapy: Exploring its Borders and Boundaries
“Border” is defined as “the line that officially separates two countries or regions.” For the hospice music therapist, finding this line between our work and the rest of the world is not straightforward, as the job extends beyond the client/therapist relationship to include support of clients’ families, colleagues, and the community. This elusive border presents the therapist with opportunities for growth as well as the possibility of breaching healthy boundaries. The presenter will explore how to traverse this rough terrain while maintaining one’s footing. The presenter will also provide strategies for examining past experiences and looking ahead with compassionate self-inquiry.
1. Identify 3 ways in which hospice music therapy practice extends beyond the borders of the client/therapist relationship (CBMT Scope of Practice: II. A. 1. a. b. c. d. e. f. g)
2. Identify specific 3 methods of working with and maintaining boundaries using self-inquiry and self-care (CBMT Scope of Practice: II. A. 1. a. b. c. d. e. f. g)
About Molly Hicks, MMT, MT-BC
Molly Hicks is a supervising music therapist, local music therapy internship coordinator and bereavement group facilitator at Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care of Maryland. A graduate of Temple University, Molly’s clinical and academic interests include supervision, client/therapist songwriting, spiritual support in music therapy, and bereavement.
Rachelle Norman, MA, MT-BC: The Hats We Wear: Music Therapists Providing Direct Service, Consultation, and Education
Through their clinical training, music therapists become comfortable working directly with clients, according to professional standards of practice. The reality of the workplace, however, is that direct service is not always feasible or desirable with potential clients. At the same time, music therapists have expertise to offer beyond what happens in a music therapy session. In this presentation, learn how music therapists can add consultation and education to the work that they do. While this presentation focuses on work with older adults, concepts may apply across clinical settings.
1. Participants will define these professional roles: direct service, consultation, and education (CBMT Scope of Practice: IV, B, 3, 4, 9, 11, 13, 17).
2. Participants will describe two positive and negative aspects to each role (CBMT Scope of Practice: IV, B, 3, 4, 9, 11, 13, 17).
3. Participants will name three potential ways to combine education or consultation with their direct service (CBMT Scope of Practice: IV, B, 3, 4, 9, 11, 13, 17).
About Rachelle Norman, MA, MT-BC:
Rachelle Norman is the owner of Soundscape Music Therapy, a private practice serving older adults in Kansas City. She is also the creator of Soundscaping Source, an online education and consultation source for professionals using music in their work with older adults.
Meganne Masko, PhD, MT-BC/L: Cultural Competence in Music Therapist-Led Spiritual Care in Hospice: The Basics
Hospice care is a rapidly growing field of employment for music therapists. Those working in hospice often find themselves addressing the spiritual as well as physical and emotional needs of patients and families. This work can be challenging, especially when the patients’ spiritual and cultural backgrounds are different from those of the therapist. This presentation will introduce attendees to the concepts of cultural competence in spiritual care, as well as discuss the spiritual care scope of practice for music therapists working as part of the hospice team.
1. Participants will be able to identify at least two areas of cultural competence in spiritual care (CBMT Scope of Practice: II, A, 1, a, b, c, d, e, f, g; III, B, 2, 3, 8, 9).
2. Participants will be able to identify at least three resources for learning about cultural and spiritual practices different from one’s own (CBMT Scope of Practice: II, A, 1, a, b, c, d, e, f, g; III, B, 2, 3, 8, 9).
About Meganne Masko, PhD, MT-BC/L:
Meganne Masko is an assistant professor of music therapy at The University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, ND. She teaches undergraduate courses in music therapy, inter-professional health care, and the psychology of music. Her research focuses on music therapy and hospice care and the effect of music therapy on the human epi-genome.
Kat Fulton, MM, MT-BC: 4 Steps to Getting Paid What You’re Worth in A Bad Economy
More than ever, our field is in dire straights. Between 2009 and 2011, job loss almost tripled (AMTA Sourcebooks 2010 and 2012). Facilities are cutting their budgets, and healthcare reform doesn’t look promising, and many MTs cannot make ends meet.
On the other hand, some music therapists are hitting all-time high revenue records, hiring new professionals, and expanding fast. There are music therapists who land full-time dream jobs with benefits.
What’s the difference between the two? And how can YOU jump on the growth train?
In this workshop, you will learn 4 steps to getting paid what you’re worth, even when the economy is bad.
1. Participants will be able to identify at least two areas for professional growth and at least one professional goal (CBMT Scope of Practice: IV. A. 1.)
2. Participants will be able to identify at least two ways to scale work for additional revenues (CBMT Scope of Practice: IV. B. 13.)
About Kat Fulton, MM, MT-BC:
Kat Fulton, MM, MT-BC founded Sound Health Music LLC in 2005. Her company oversees 3 divisions: Music therapy service contracts in the San Diego area, MusicTherapyEd.com continuing education for music therapists, and KatFulton.com, business wellness tools for therapists and counselors.
Julie Neal, MS, MT-BC & Becky Wellman, PhD, MT-BC, DT: Master Juggler or Multiple Personality Disorder: Finding Balance in Music Therapy Roles
Music therapists find themselves taking on more roles and responsibilities in their professional and personal lives. This session will discuss these roles, identify issues within these roles, and recommend possible solutions to help music therapists work through their own juggling act.
1. The learner will be able to identify at least three issues which confront music therapists in multiple role situations (CBMT Scope of Practice: IV. B. 5. 10. 11)
2. The learner will be able to identify at least three coping mechanisms to use in multiple role situations (CBMT Scope of Practice: IV. B. 5. 10. 11).
About Julie Neal, MS, MT-BC & Becky Wellman, PhD, MT-BC, DT:
Julie Neal, MS, MT-BC serves students with IEPs and is internship director in the Montgomery County Public Schools in Southwest Virginia, and is a fellow of AMI. She is the current President of the MAR-AMTA.
Becky Wellman, PhD, MT-BC, DT has a private practice in the Chicago suburbs where she works with young children with special needs and older adults with memory loss.
Amy Clements-Cortes, PhD, MTA, MT-BC, FAMI: CANADIAN GLEE: Research on Singing with Older Adults for Health and Wellness
This presentation will discuss three studies that examined the benefits of participating in a choir facilitated by music therapists on health, wellness and successful aging of both cognitively intact adults and adults diagnosed with dementia; as well as the design and results of a sing-a-long DVD study for older adults. The background literature, recruitment, method, and results for all studies will be shared alongside a discussion and presentation of future research that builds upon the findings.
1. Participants will be able to identify at least two ways in which they may implement a choral experience for older adults with cognitive impairment (CBMT Scope of Practice: II. A. b. c. h. I. p. q. w. z. ab. ac. ag).
2. Participants will be able to identify at least two aspects of singing which are important for overall health, wellness and successful aging (CBMT Scope of Practice: II. A. b. c. h. I. p. q. w. z. ab. ac. ag).
About Amy Clements-Cortes, PhD, MTA, MT-BC, FAMI:
Amy Clements-Cortes is Assistant Professor, University of Toronto; Music Therapy Instructor/Graduate Supervisor, Wilfrid Laurier University; Senior Music Therapist/Practice Adviser, Baycrest, Toronto; Past President CAMT, and WFMT Clinical Commissioner.
Daniel Thomas, BA(Hons), PGDip(MT) & Vicky Abad, MEd (Research), PGDip(MT), BA Mus: The Economics of Therapy-Caring for Clients, Colleagues, Competitors, and Cash-Flow
We have little control over the financial health of government budgets; however, we can be proactive in controlling the financial health of our own businesses. Music therapists have distinct core therapeutic skills including attunement, improvisation, and listening that are learnt for and honed in the clinical space; can these skills also be used to develop successful music therapy businesses? This paper draws on current research to explore how the state of our financial health as music therapists both individually and as a profession has the potential to impact the work we do and therefore the outcomes available to clients.
1. Participants will be able to identify at least three ethical issues within a “for-profit” music therapy business (CBMT Scope of Practice: IV. B. 9)
2. Participants will be able to identify at least two ways in which music therapy skills transfer to business (CBMT Scope of Practice: IV. B. 9)
3. Participants will be able to identify at least one aspect of three different business models (for-profit, not-for-profit, charitable) which can impact service delivery (CBMT Scope of Practice: IV. B. 6. 9).
About Daniel Thomas, BA(Hons), PGDip(MT) & Vicky Abad, MEd (Research), PGDip(MT), BA Mus:
Daniel Thomas, BA(Hons), PGDip(MT), is Director of Chroma (wearechroma.com). He has many years’ experience as a clinician, business owner and entrepreneur in the industry.
Vicky Abad is the Director of Boppin’ Babies, Founding Director of Sing & Grow, and Music Therapy Program Director University of Queensland. She has experience and expertise in establishing large scale music therapy programs.
Kate Taylor, MA, MT-BC: Music Therapy 4 Me: Find your niche and elevate your practice
Participants will have the opportunity to evaluate their new or existing careers in music therapy and explore how to deepen their search for specialized clinical practice models. This discussion will encourage you to explore many different theoretical models and clinical applications of music therapy which you practice or that may resonate with you as a therapist. Together we will explore how you can elevate your clinical practice, explore intersections in various clinical models and customize your goals for advanced clinical training. This process will help you begin your journey to finding your niche in the field of music therapy.
1. Participants will be able to identify three different theoretical models of music therapy (CBMT Scope of Practice: II. A. 4).
2. Participants will be able to identify at least two ways for self-assessment in career planning (CBMT Scope of Practice: IV. B. 13).
3. Participants will be able to identify at least two applications of self-care including music psychotherapy, guided imagery and music, various creative arts (CBMT Scope of Practice: IV. A. 1).
About Kate Taylor, MA, MT-BC:
Kate Taylor, MA, MT-BC became a labor support doula in 2007. She served as music therapy department chair at the ITA Chicago, then advanced to serve the hospice families from Seasons Hospice of Illinois. Kate now practices music therapy assisted childbirth and offers creative arts in pre-natal education.
February 8-9, 2014
The Online Conference for Music Therapy (OCMT) is a virtual meeting through which music therapists from around the world can learn and interact. This conference is presented in a 24 hour live format through an online platform. Each session will be recorded and will be made available to all participants following the live session for viewing at their convenience. Each participant may select sessions and keynotes to total of ten (10) hours to submit for approved credit. A posttest will be made available and time will be allotted at the end of each individual session for completion. This will include keynote addresses. Recordings will remain open for two weeks following the close of the conference. Participants will receive specific communication as to how they may access these recordings as soon as they are made available. Remaining completed sessions may be submitted to CBMT as self-study hours. Certificates of completion will be delivered electronically once the required number of posttests have been collected.
The Online Conference for Music Therapy will utilize an online platform through which presenters can utilize lecture, media, and demonstrations.
Participants must have a computer or tablet with internet access to engage in the Online Conference for Music Therapy.
This course has been approved for 12 CMTEs
Professionals desiring Continuing Education Credits/Certificates: $100
Professionals not desiring Continuing Education Credits/Certificates: $75
Students with verification: $50
Should this session be cancelled by Wellman Therapy Services or the Online Conference for Music Therapy, all registration fees will be returned.
Participant refunds will be as follows:
Before January 25=75%
Between January 25 and February 1=50%
After February 1=no refund will be given
The Online Conference for Music Therapy 2014 Conference: Beyond Borders is approved by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) for 12 Continuing Music Therapy Education credits. Credits awarded by CBMT are accepted by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC). Wellman Therapy Services (P=112) maintains responsibility for program quality and adherence to CBMT policies and criteria.