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August 25, 2019, 12:30-4:00: Confronting Clinician’s Feelings of Inadequacy through Musical Exploration

How do we know when feelings of inadequacy are valid or when they are unrealistic or maladaptive constructs that get in the way of our ability to be fully present as clinicians? In both cases, exploration of what is contributing to feelings of inadequacy and developing a plan of action is important. In this training, we will use referential improvisation, guided imagery supported by live, improvised music, and song writing to explore and let go of feelings of inadequacy with an emphasis on cultural factors. 

 Discussions and music experiences will be facilitated by Audrey Hausig, MMT, MT-BC, who has extensive experience as a music therapist and as a clinical supervisor in mental health settings. Participants will be encouraged to share their experiences, reflections, and ideas in order to create a collaborative experience. The course is open to music therapists, other creative arts therapists, and verbal therapists.

Inner Rhythms Music and Therapy Center, 37 South 42nd St., Philadelphia, PA 19104

Please note there is a flight of 20 steps.

Cost: $40 (Full refunds available until 24 hours prior to the session at which time payment is nonrefundable)

Please email audreycrash@gmail.com for registration.

Learning Objectives: At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

·     Identify 3 ways their feelings of inadequacy create barriers to authenticity and impact presence during clinical work.

·     Identify 2 cultural factors that contribute to feelings of inadequacy.

·     Identify 2 ways they will continue to work on being aware of how feelings of inadequacy affects their clinical work.

12:30-1:10- Verbal introductions and intention setting.

1:10-2:05- Referential improvisation (music making- no experience necessary) to explore general feelings of inadequacy or incompetence as a clinician, with ensuing verbal processing.

2:05-2:20- break

2:20- 3:15- Break out groups exploring cultural factors that influence feelings of inadequacy as well as feelings of pride, via discussion and lyric writing, with opportunity to share with the full group.

3:15-3:55- Guided mediation supported by live music making focused on letting go of self doubt and negative self talk.

3:55-4:00- Intention setting, planning for moving forward.  

“Confronting clinician’s feelings of inadequacy through musical exploration” is approved by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) for 4 Continuing Music Therapy Education credits. The MAR-AMTA P#065 maintains responsibility for program quality and adherence to CBMT policies and criteria. MAR-AMTA, #CAT-0021, is approved by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an acceptable provider of continuing professional education (CPE) for licensed creative arts therapists. “Confronting clinician’s feelings of inadequacy through musical exploration” provides 3.5 contact hours for LCATs

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Philadelphia Music Therapy will be running music experiments for kids of all ages as well as sharing about music therapy and careers in music therapy on behalf of the American Music Therapy Association at The Franklin Institute Community Night on Monday May 20th from 5:00-8:00pm. Admission is free!


Sunday, January 27th, 2019

Exploring Privilege and Bias in Music Therapy

In this symposium, music therapists and health care practitioners will explore their experience of privilege and bias in their clinical work. Participants will use referential improvisation, song writing, music making, and discussion to delve into topics including barriers to engaging with client’s preferred music and culture, whitewashing music, micro-aggressions towards clients and team members, and allyhood and using one’s privilege to help clients gain access to their music.  

Discussions and music experiences will be facilitated by Audrey Hausig, MMT, MT-BC, who has extensive experience as a music therapist and as a clinical supervisor in mental health settings. Participants will be encouraged to share their experiences, reflections, and ideas in order to create a collaborative experience. The symposium is open to music therapists, student music therapists, and other creative arts therapists and mental health practitioners who employ music in their work. 

Date: 01/27/2019 Time: 9:30-12:30

Location: Inner Rhythms Music and Therapy Center  (37 South 42nd St., Philadelphia, PA 19104) Please note there is a flight of 20 steps. 

Cost: $30 (Full refunds available until 24 hours prior to the session at which time payment is nonrefundable)

Please email audreycrash@gmail.com for questions or registration. 

 Exploring privilege and bias in music therapy” is approved by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) for 3 Continuing Music Therapy Education credits. The MAR-AMTA P#065 maintains responsibility for program quality and adherence to CBMT policies and criteria. MAR-AMTA, #CAT-0021, is approved by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an acceptable provider of continuing professional education (CPE) for licensed creative arts therapists. “Exploring privilege and bias in music therapy” provides 3 contact hours for LCATs.

Learning Objectives: 

At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

Identify 3 ways they can use their privilege to increase client access to preferred music

Identify 3 ways their biases create barriers to client preferred music during clinical work

Identify 2 ways they will continue to work on being aware of how bias and privilege affects their clinical work.

Course Schedule: 

9:30-9:45: Review of session objectives. Introductions including acknowledgement of position in oppressive systems and personal objective for the session.  

9:45-10:30: Discussion exploring biases and barriers to client preferred music supported by  lyric analysis and/or referential improvisations and song discussion with ensuing verbal processing. 

10:30-10:45- Break

10:45-11:30- Discussion exploring how privilege, being part of oppressive systems, and being part of oppressed groups affects the group dynamic during music interventions. Group chanting or tone circle to further explore these relationships with ensuing verbal processing.

11:30-12:10: Discussion of how to continue working through issues related to privilege and bias, summarized by group song writing.

12:10-12:25- Closing exercises: group music making and/or a relaxation with intention setting/gratitude. 

12:25-12:30- session evaluation forms completed. 

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Saturday, November 3, 2018

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