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Webinar Sessions

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

Monday, April 27 | 4:00-5:30pm PDT
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

Tuesday, April 28 | 4:00-5:30pm PDT
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

Wednesday, April 29 | 1:00-2:00pm PDT
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

Thursday, April 30 | 4:00-5:00pm PDT
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

Friday, May 1 | 1:00-2:30pm PDT
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

Monday, May 4 | 9:00-10:00am PDT
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

Tuesday, May 5 | 1:00-2:00pm PDT
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

Wednesday, May 6 | 4:00-5:30pm PDT
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

Thursday, May 7 | 4:00-5:00pm PDT
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

Friday, May 8 | 1:00-2:30pm PDT
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

Saturday, May 9 | 9:00-10:00am PDT
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

Monday, May 11 | 1:00-2:00pm PDT
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

Tuesday, May 12 | 1:00-2:00pm PDT
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

Wednesday, May 13 | 1:00-2:00pm PDT
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

Wednesday, May 13 | 4:00-5:00pm PDT
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

Thursday, May 14 | 4:00-5:00pm PDT
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

Friday, May 15 | 1:00-2:00pm PDT
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

Saturday, May 16 | 9:00-10:00am PDT
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.

Roundtable Sessions

Roundtable – Music Therapy Student & Intern Open Discussion

Tuesday, April 28 | 1:00-2:00pm PDT
Brian Locascio & Arianna Monge, MusicWorx Senior Interns

The Intern/Student Roundtable is an opportunity for current interns, students, and graduate-equivalency students to discuss their difficulties, experiences, and innovative ideas within the context of music therapy in an open-discussion environment.

Roundtable – Clinical Competency, Community Connectivity, and Evaluation for Distance Delivery of Creative Arts Therapies in Creative Forces®: NEA Military Healing Arts Network

Thursday, April 30 | 1:00-2:30pm PDT
Rebecca Vaudreuil, EdM, MT-BC; John D. Hogue, MS, MM, MT-BC; Hannah Jacobson Blumenfeld; Diane G. Langston, MM, MT-BC; Liz K. Freeman, MA, R-DMT

Creative arts therapies competencies require adaptability of practice for successful implementation and evaluation across multiple environments. It is crucial that practice aligns with technological advancements. This presentation presents the use of clinical models (in-person, remote, hybrid) including intervention, performance, and evaluation methods to meet the needs of individuals and communities.

Roundtable – Music Therapy Practice in Acute Pediatric Medical Settings during COVID-19: Varying Perspectives and Experiences

Friday, May 1 | 4:00-5:00pm PDT
Shawna Vernisie, MA, LCAT, MT-BC; Carly Caprioli, MS, LCAT, MT-BC; Megan Walsh, MA, LCAT, MT-BC; Annalissa Vicencio, MA, LCAT, MT-BC

This presentation will explore the perspectives and experiences of four music therapists employed in acute pediatric medical settings during a global pandemic. Experiences such as change in styles of delivering services, scheduling, and a trauma-focused lens will be explored. This presentation welcomes and invites input from attending participants.

Roundtable – Hospice Music Therapy: Creativity Shines through Dark Times

Tuesday, May 5th | 4:00-5:30pm PDT
Noelle Pederson, MT-BC, NICU-MT, HPMT

Let’s allow our creativity to shine as clinicians – now is the TIME! We come together to share our innovation of supporting patients, families, co-workers, and staff throughout the recent COVID-19 restrictions. We’ll broach other topics related to practicing music therapy during the pandemic, such as: Telehealth, documentation / care plans, legacy projects, and other questions posed by participants. This roundtable is designed to be interactive and experiential.

Roundtable – From Room to Zoom: Open Discussion for Virtual Music Therapy in Schools

Wednesday, May 6 | 9:00-10:00am PDT
Patina Jackson, MT-BC

In the wake of COVID-19, the expectation for school-based music therapy dramatically shifted from classroom based sessions to virtual services overnight. This brought significant struggles while also highlighting the creativity, persistence and team mentality of the music therapy community. Come share your victories, challenges, and plans moving forward.

Roundtable – The Elephant(s) in the Room of Internship: The Things We Don’t Talk About

Thursday, May 7 | 1:00-2:30pm PDT
Sarah Maxwell, MA, MT-BC & Loretta Medeiros, MM

The focus of this roundtable discussion is designed to address the issues related to socioeconomic status, multiculturalism, emotional support and education inconsistencies for pre-internship, during internship and post-internship.

Roundtable – Culture & Community: A Roundtable for Music Therapists, Interns and Students of Color.

Friday, May 8 | 4:00-5:00pm PDT
Kamica King, MA, MT-BC & Arianna Monge, MusicWorx Senior Intern

A safe space for music therapists, interns and students of color to gather and discuss experiences with education, training, and practice in relation to representation in the field of music therapy.

Roundtable – LGBTQIA+ Music Therapist Open Discussion

Tuesday, May 12 | 4:00-5:00pm PDT
Brian Locascio, MusicWorx Senior Intern

A roundtable discussion and networking opportunity for LGBTQIA+ music therapists, interns, and students addressing difficulties in the workplace, creating a safe space, and what it means to be an LGBTQIA+ music therapist.

Roundtable – Medical Roundtable: Telehealth and Ethics

Thursday, May 14 | 1:00-2:00pm PDT
Rachel Gant, MT-BC & Cassandra Richtsmeier, LPMT, MT-BC

Open discussion of navigating telehealth challenges and success as well as ethical considerations for music therapy in medical settings including general or specialized in- and out-patient hospitals, hospice, and rehabilitation centers; a supportive space for MT professionals, interns, and students that provide services in these facilities.

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