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Webinar Sessions

Webinar – You Can’t Pour From an Empty Cup: Sustainable Self-Care Strategies for the Real World

Jennifer Hicks, MT-BC, E-RYT

Making self-care a priority in our daily lives is easier said than done. This workshop will review research by music therapists on various forms of self-care. Participants will then have the opportunity to explore some of these self-care strategies and to choose one to integrate into their daily lives.

Webinar – Finding the Beauty in Neurodiversity

Alyssa Wilkins, MT-BC

Music Therapists have the unique opportunity to help clients of all abilities tap into the self and give an outlet to individuals who may struggle connecting with others. This course explores how we can use Music Therapy to help neurodiverse individuals regulate, connect, and express themselves in a neurotypical world.

Webinar – Spanish for Medical Music Therapists

Patricia Sevener, MT, MSc, MA

The Spanish language has become more and more relevant in the US and in the Music Therapy field. This session focuses on raising awareness about the importance of learning Spanish in our field and on teaching basic skills and resources for our daily work. You will be given pronunciation tips, basic vocabulary, specific interventions for medical music therapy that can be easily adapted to any Spanish-speaking population, and a wide repertoire.

Webinar – Skill Sharing & Capacity Building Abroad

Annela Flores, MT-BC

In this session, participants will learn how to develop music therapy-informed skill sharing programs for helping professionals. Annela will discuss their experience of initiating international capacity-building programs for teachers and healthcare professionals. She will also discuss their experience of developing a short-term music therapy study abroad program in India. Participants will identify strategies for training helping professionals on how to integrate music into the classroom and patient care.

Webinar – No visitors? No problem! Utilizing Technology to Promote Community Engagement during COVID-19 and Beyond

Bridget Sova, MT-BC & Katie Rushlow, MT-BC

The COVID-19 crisis forced an abrupt halt to visitor access of medical settings. However, with a little creativity and tech-savvy, community connections can continue. This presentation will demonstrate how technology is being used to promote community engagement with a therapeutic benefit that reaches beyond COVID-19.

Webinar – Using ONLINE Tools for Guided Imagery Drumming: Evidence-based Tools for Stress-Reduction and Healing

Christine Stevens, MSW, MT-BC, MA

Experience guided imagery drumming for self-care, wellness, and mindfulness. Learn scientific evidence on how rhythm and visualization affects the brain. Design your own guided imagery practice for clinical and wellness applications.

Webinar – Insight into Music Therapy in Long-Term Care

Laura Cribb, LPMT, MT-BC

Gain insight into music therapy in long-term care. This presentation will address three important components of group sessions. Research, music therapy interventions, and real-life examples will be included. Attendees will learn how to create a stronger music therapy program that benefits residents, staff, and themselves.

Webinar – The Power of Music in Teen Mental Health

Tim Ringgold, MT-BC

Learn why music is not only effective but efficient at helping a person Stay present, Open up, Be creative, Escape stressors, and Reconnect. Tim Ringgold combines music, neuroscience, and music therapy research with positive and social psychology to create an evidence-based practice for using music in adolescent mental health treatment.

Webinar – Smarter Not Harder: Guitar Wizardry

Veronica May

“I wish guitar chords were harder,” said no one. Play G chord with one finger, or better yet, c#minor without breaking a sweat. Learn some theory with simple ways to transpose in any key and pick up some cool shapes along the way. Will also explore one-handed guitar playing for when the other hand is needed to facilitate or to drink coffee.

Webinar – The Role of Relationships: Coaching the Caregiver in Crisis

Maureen Dinsmore, MA, MT-BC & Emily Nordhues, MT-BC

In these heightened days of emotion and needing to transform our clinical platform from live experiences to the screen, we rely on our relationships with our families to help them through weeks/months of quarantine. Working with individuals with neurodevelopmental differences can be challenging in and of itself; supporting the family is the key. This is a webinar followed by a round table introducing the DIR/Floortime model (a relationship-based approach) to support the parents, educators, and therapists.

Webinar – A Salutogenic Approach to Music Therapy

Bhuvaneswari Ramesh, PhD Research Scholar, Masters in Medical Music Therapy

Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth, a health science university with advanced frontiers in medical sciences has in its various posits taken Integrative Medicine between modern medicine and complementary alternative medicine (CAM). The Center for Music Therapy Education and Research (CMTER) aims to bring about health to its optimum and healing of patients with a Salutogenic focus. The training programmes offered from SBV emphasizes both the art and science of music therapy, which prepares its students to hone their clinical skills and begin their practice in hospital settings, using music in therapy and as therapy.

Webinar – Essential Oils in the Healthcare System

Rachel Gant, MT-BC & Ellen Whealton, MA, MT-BC

Explore avenues for using young living essential oils to enhance your healthcare practices and learn how essential oils impact our physiology to elevate wellness.

Webinar – Thriving Without Driving: Teaching & Learning Clinical Skills from Home

Jess Rushing, PhD, MT-BC

What do we do when our students can no longer get hands-on training? This presentation will share tangible examples of ways teaching, supervising, and treating can thrive on digital platforms and continue to provide innovation in learning for future professionals. Related research and how-tos will be provided.

Webinar – Mental Health: A New Normal

Judith Pinkerton, LPMT, MT-BC

Telehealth exploded in 2020, as evidenced by one educational webinar presenting telehealth to 760 attending music therapists. Increased interest in keeping jobs, contracts and teams together has opened the door to incorporate a new receptive music therapy method effectively addressing anxiety and fear, and explore options for online service delivery.

Webinar – AudAbility™: Adaptable and Accessible Music Therapy Protocols for People with Parkinson’s and Their Families

Lindsay Zehren, MT-BC & Annela Flores, MT-BC

People with Parkinson’s disease are affected by a myriad of symptoms. AudAbility™ addresses symptoms of Parkinson’s disease that affect the voice and quality of life. This session will offer an overview of the AudAbility™ program from its inception through its continued evolution. Participants will be encouraged to think outside the box and explore ways of implementing new music therapy programs that address needs in their communities.

Webinar – Working with the Chronically Dying Child: Implications and Ethical Considerations

Amy Love, MA, MT-BC, CPMT

Pediatric patients continue to undergo more medically advanced procedures and treatments to prolong life. In turn, music therapists are called to work with patients experiencing more complex and chronic symptomology. Music therapy’s role and the ethical implications of this work will be explored through theoretical constructs and case examples.

Webinar – EMT 4 Wellness: Effective Music Therapy Tools for First Responders

Lindsay Zehren, MT-BC & Cory Woodrow, MT-BC

First Responders in the United States die by suicide at a rate 5 times higher than the civilian population. Resounding Joy has been addressing the needs of First Responders by providing music therapy groups through the Iverson Foundation. This session will focus on the challenges, the outcomes, and the implications of providing group music therapy for First Responders.

Webinar – Group Music Therapy on Infants At-Risk and Their Families in the ELEPAP Infant Rehabilitation Unit

Mariza Neiada

In this presentation, an innovative multidisciplinary approach will be presented that was created in the “ELEPAP- Rehabilitation for the Disabled” infant unit in Athens, Greece. The program will be discussed on its effectiveness on parent-infant bonding, social interaction and relaxation. The importance of co-treatment between the music therapist, the physical therapist and the mental health counselor will be explained. Additionally, videos will be shown in order to demonstrate the way that therapeutic goals are achieved. Finally, the qualitative results of the parent satisfaction survey in the middle and at the end of the academic year will be analyzed.