School of Music

Creative Health: Conference for Heathcare Professionals and Caregivers

May 31, 2014
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Corthell Concert Hall, USM Gorham Campus

Creative HealthCreative Health: Conference for Heathcare Professionals and Caregivers

A one-day conference for therapists, medical professionals and caregivers, to learn about the uses of Creative Arts Therapies in healthcare. Presented by the USM School of Music. Organized by Kate Beever, MA MT-BC. Discounted admission for students.

Saturday, May 31, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Check-in and coffee from 8 - 9 a.m., registration includes lunch and an afternoon snack.

Professionals: $35
Caregivers: $35
General Public: $35
Students: $25

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.7 CEU's - $12 additional, payable at the door. (Note: this fee includes recording your CEU and providing you a confirmation e-mail. For a transcript, the fee will be $22)

Presenters include:

Michelle Joubert, BC-DMT, LCPC
Moving from Impulsive to In Control

The use of playful games and movement helps to engage children in treatment, and turn an often redirected behavior into their strength in therapy. This workshop will be focusing on how to utilize movement therapy techniques to help latency age children become more aware of body based impulses. The group will participate in experiential exercises to learn how movement can support children in building awareness of their bodies from their center to their extremities and help learn the feeling of being in control.

Lecture and Experiential

1- Understand how movement builds pathways to learning to control impulses.

2- Learn how to conduct 1-2 movement exercises to help children learn about impulse control.

3- Learn how to conduct 1-2 movement exercises to help children practice awareness of impulses and controlling them.

Michelle is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist. She graduated from Antioch University New England's Dance/Movement Therapy and Mental Health Counseling Program in 2006. Michelle worked as a Dance/Movement Therapist and Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Massachusetts from 2006-2013 in residential, home based and outpatient services. She has conducted groups, individual, and family counseling for ages 4-60. Since moving to Maine, Michelle has been working for Spurwink Services as a Public School Counselor and HCT clinician in York county. Michelle is also the Vice President of the New England chapter of the American Dance Therapy Association.

Emily Grant, MT-BC, NICU-MT
NICU Music Therapy: Who, How, and Why

Description of Presentation: Attendees will learn how music is used with this fragile population to promote neurological development, feeding skills, and reduce length of hospital stay. Special considerations for this population including music vs. noise, signs of overstimulation, and specialized training of the therapist will be discussed.

Objectives: Gain an understanding of: NICU music therapy interventions and goals; NICU music therapist education, training, and certification; unique considerations for music in the NICU.

Emily is a board-certified music therapist hailing from Maine. She earned her Bachelor of Music from Ithaca College in 2010, and Master of Music in Music Therapy from Florida State University in 2013. That same year Emily became board certified with an additional certification in NICU music therapy. Emily currently works at Sonatina Music Therapy in Dover, New Hampshire.

Bodhi Simpson, LCPC, ATR
Introduction to SoulCollage

Learn about discuss the practice and clinical application of SoulCollage Ⓡ as not only a creative approach for personal awareness and development, but also a powerful projective tool and psychological intervention in treatment. Participants will be able to make their own SoulCollage card during the workshop, while discussing the current clinical settings where SoulCollage Ⓡ is used.

Bodhi Simpson is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) and a Registered Art Therapist (ATR). She has over 10 years experience working with children, adolescents, and young adults. Bodhi has extensive training in Art Therapy, Sandtray Worldplay, and many other expressive modalities to assist people of all ages in experiencing emotional release, clarity and direction.

Bodhi served as the Director of the Teen Parent School Program at the Maine Children's Home for Little Wanderers in Waterville, Maine for 7 years. She provided individual Art Therapy sessions and designed and implemented Art Therapy groups for students of the Teen Parent School as well as students of the Waterville Alternative School. Bodhi became involved in bringing awareness to the Central Maine community regarding teen homelessness and the lack of resources available to homeless youth. In 2012, she was recognized as one of Maine's "Forty Under 40" Emerging Leaders of Maine by the Portland Press Herald.

In 2013 Bodhi opened Vast Horizons Center for Personal and Professional Growth. She has traveled throughout the state presenting on Art Therapy and facilitating SoulCollage® workshops. She provides individual clinical supervision for Art Therapists working toward their ATR certification. She is currently a member of the board of directors of the Maine Mental Health Counseling Association, the New England Art Therapy Association, and is also a member of the advisory board for Northern Light Clinical Learning Community.

Sandra Sneiderman, DMT and Britta Baghestani, DMT
Introduction to Dance Movement Therapy

Participants will receive an introduction to dance movement therapy, with its early foundations, prevailing theories, popular approaches, goals, scientific support, and integration with other expressive arts.  Participants will gain a basic understanding of DMT theories and applications, have an opportunity to experience DMT, and learn of its integration into other therapies. 

Sandra Sneiderman is a licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Board Certified Dance/Movement therapist. She has an M.A. from Lesley University as well as a B.S. in Sociology from the University of Maine. Sandra uses a humanistic approach with body oriented psychotherapy, blended with systemic, relational, and existential philosophies. Her interest is in the interplay between the mind and body and using creativity as a vehicle for self-expression and transformation. She provides support, empowerment, and connection through dance/movement and expressive art, helping clients tap into their innate and individual sense of creativity.

Britta is a conditional licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and registered Dance/Movement therapist. She graduated in May 2011 from Lesley University. After completing her M.A. in Clinical Psychology in Germany, she came to San Francisco, CA to study Holistic Health. Britta believes that holistic approaches that address body, mind, and spirit, are the most effective for healing. Britta has gained experience in clinical counseling, family, expressive arts and dance/movement therapy. During the last four years, Britta has worked with children and their families, following her passion to support individuals on their path to health and self-actualization.

Patricia Mulholland, MA, MT-BC, NMT
The Voice as a Therapeutic Modality

Patricia will offer a brief overview of her practice and focus on the area devoted to vocal music therapy.  A long-time student of the Roy Hart Theater, she will reference this work, which views the voice as the "mirror and muscle of the soul."  She will provide the theoretical background for her approach and offer experiential activities that demonstrate how accessing breath, body and the imagination in voice work can move one towards experiencing an authentic, confident self.  She will offer examples of her work in both wellness and clinical settings.

Attendees will:

  • Receive a brief overview of Patricia's areas of focus in her practice:
  • Alzheimer's disease/dementia; Traumatic Brain Injury; Hospice; Vocal music therapy with women
  • Understand Patricia's theoretical background for music therapy        using voice as a therapeutic modality
  • Have an opportunity to experience this way of working
  • Participate in question and answer discussion

Patricia has long been an advocate of the arts – on the stage, in the classroom, in the corporation, in the community, and in the clinical setting -- and believes deeply that each of us has a creative impulse that longs to be expressed.   In 2005 she answered a mid-life call to become a music therapist, a decision driven in large part by her affinity for music as a child.  She trained at Berklee College of Music, completed an 8-month internship at Seasons Hospice in Boston, and obtained board certification in March of 2011.  In 2013 she obtained certification in Neurologic Music Therapy at Colorado State University.

Patricia has offered music therapy to patients with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, ALS, stroke, cancer, COPD, TBI, and Parkinson’s disease.  She has experience in the psychiatric setting and has worked with developmentally challenged and hospitalized children.  She set up a pilot music therapy pilot program at the Kitty Dukakis Residential Treatment Center for Women and works with women of varying ages  -- in clinical and wellness settings -- using voice as a therapeutic modality.

Patricia is passionate about establishing Music Therapy in Maine and frequently presents to healthcare organizations to educate her audience and advocate for the profession.  Currently, she is collaborating with the Maine Alzheimer’s Association providing group music therapy for early onset patients and is working with brain-injured patients in the neuro-rehab setting.  Patricia works out of her home office/studio and sees clients in their homes, in healthcare facilities and in community settings.

Christine Linnehan, M.S., BC-DMT, LCPC, FT
Creative Pathways to Resilience

Using dance/movement and other arts in working with children and adolescents after traumatic loss.

For children and adolescents the loss of someone important can shatter their belief in the world as a safe, secure place. If the loss results from a traumatic event or when it is experienced as sudden, shocking, or frightening, they may show signs of both trauma and grief. The distinguishing feature of childhood traumatic grief (CTG) is when trauma symptoms interfere with a child’s ability to mourn the loss.

In this interactive workshop, we will explore creative, restorative interventions which can be applied in both clinical and grief support community settings to promote stability, self-regulation, and resilience while providing traumatically bereaved children and teens a safe way to tell their stories of loss. Case examples and experiential practices will be used to illustrate how dance/movement and other art modalities can provide a safe structure to identify, express, and assimilate the wide range of feelings that may surface after loss while developing creative strategies for coping and self-care. Drawing from current research in the fields of trauma and thanatology, particular consideration will be given to the judicious use of these therapeutic methods and the importance of tailoring each intervention to the child’s developmental level, cultural background, interests, and needs.

  1. Describe how traumatic reactions interfere with bereavement
  2. List three benefits of "aesthetic distance"
  3. Demonstrate at least two creative strategies for promoting self-regulation and managing anxiety
  4. Cite an example of the use of movement, music, and stories as effective, restorative interventions for bereaved children/teens

Christine Linnehan, MS, BC-DMT, LCPC, FT has a private practice, Riverview Counseling, in Scarborough, ME and is clinical consultant for the Center for Grieving Children in Portland. She is a board-certified dance/movement therapist and has advanced certification in thanatology from the Association for Death Education and Counseling. Christine has a special interest in working with bereaved children and families after traumatic loss.

Jamie Schwellenbach is a current graduate student at Lesley University in the mental health counseling and dance/movement therapy program. She is completing her internship at the Center for Grieving Children working with children, teens, and adults.

Kate Beever, MC, MT-BC
Regaining a Sense of Identity in Music Therapy

Participants will learn of the uses of music therapy in a variety of populations including cancer, developmental disabilities, brain injury, depression, and dementia.  The uses of musical interventions to address cognitive, physical, social, and emotional goals will be described in relation to the overall goal of achieving a sense of well-being and self-esteem. 

Kate Beever graduated from the USM School of Music and then earned her Masters degree at New York University and interned at both Beth Israel Medical Center (focusing on asthma & COPD) and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Hospital (in oncology). She returned to Maine in 2010 to open Maine Music & Health, which provides group and individual music therapy sessions to clients all over the state. Kate keeps an active schedule of speaking engagements, having presented for the American Cancer Society, the Maine Down syndrome Network, the Brain Injury Association, and the Maine Health Care Association; and performs as a percussionist and keyboardist.

Brian Harris, MA, MT-BC, NMT Neurologic Music Therapy in Neurorehabilitation

This presentation will outline the cutting edge principles of neuroscience that is informing the practice of Neurologic Music Therapy. Through neuroscience research, hands-on examples and clinical videos, attendees will see the power that music has to effect speech and language, cognition, and movement following neurologic injury.


  • Define Neurologic Music Therapy
  • Identify basic principles of how music effects the brain
  • Identify the role of Neurologic Music Therapy in neurorehabilitation

Brian Harris is a board-certified Music Therapist with a Master's Degree in Music

Suzanne Laberge, LCPC, REAT
Mini-World to Maxi; Inner World to Outer
The Many Dimensions of Intermodal Expressive Therapy

Introducing the underlying factors that distinguish Expressive Therapy from other therapies; and enumerating the diverse populations that benefit. There will be a talk, slides, vignettes from practice, a brief exercise, and a time for questions. Suzanne Laberge, LCPC REAT received her Master's in the Art of Expressive Therapy from Lesley College (now University) in 1991. She has been in practice ever since, in several agencies and for the past 15 years in private practice in Portland, working with adults and children.

Bruce St. Thomas, Ed. D., ATR, BC
Art Therapist as Activist

This presentation will look at the creation of community-based programs and their collective trauma work around the expression and resolution of grief through community based art projects. All projects are based on the insights and direction of the communities and their peer support process. Resiliency based, the innate abilities of peers supporting each other while discovering the pathway to their healing is both natural and therapeutic.

  • Participants can expect to understand the concept of collective trauma
  • Participants will understand the collaborative and creative nature of community based art rituals
  • The underlying elements of neurobiology and collective trauma recovery will be identified and defined
  • Participants will understand the empowerment model

Bruce has over 30 years of work as a Psychotherapist/Art Therapist. He has specialized in trauma and complicated grief. Bruce helped to start the Multi-culture program at the Center For Grieving Children which facilitates collective grief. This program celebrates its 17th year of operation with researched goals and objectives. He acted as a psychological/Art Therapy consultant for America's Camp which facilitated the healing for children whose parents and family members were killed in the horrible events of 9/11. This summer camp was operational for 10 years following this collective trauma.He has also works with Aspire and DHHS services where he co-facilitates a program assisting welfare clients to enter the workplace. This program also involves Work Opportunities Unlimited for coaching and placement services. Along with clinical experience Bruce has moved his research, writing and theories into Community based, peer support programs. He has been the senior author of two books and has many professional journal articles.


Katherine Amsden, LCSW
Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy

A Psychodramatic Session, where given the end of the day, participants will have the opportunity to explore Closure in Action. Using Psychodramatic and Sociodramatic Experiential Methods, we will bring closure to the day,  transitions in life, and/or saying goodbye to those we have lost, This session will focus on making meaning of these events, labeling new beginnings as a journey forward.

About the Presenter: As for a bio...Katherine Amsden is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a national certification in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy. She is currently a Palliative Care Social Worker for Central Maine Medical Center and Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice in Lewiston, Maine.  She has an CD called Awakening available on of original music  for those on the road to recovery.


Creative Health Schedule

9-10 a.m.
Introduction                                    Alan Kaschub, director, USM School of Music
Opening session in Corthell Hall                                                        Entire Panel

Breakout Sessions

10-11:10 a.m.
Moving from Impulsive to In Control                                            Michelle Joubert

NICU Music Therapy: Who, How, and Why                                         Emily Grant

11:15-12:25 p.m.
Art Therapist as Activist                                                             Bruce St. Thomas
Introduction to Dance Movement Therapy                             Sandra Sneiderman
                                                                                            and Britta Baghestani
The Voice as a Therapeutic Modality                                       Patricia Mulholland

12:25 - 1:30  Lunch

1:30-3:10 p.m.
Creative Pathways to Resilience                                              Christine Linnehan
Soul Collage                                                                                  Bodhi Simpson
Regaining a Sense of Identity in Music Therapy                                Kate Beever

3:10 - 3:30 p.m. Light Snack

3:30-4:40 p.m.
Neurologic Music Therapy in Neurorehabilitation                               Brian Harris
The Many Dimensions of Intermodal Expressive Therapy        Suzanne Laberge
Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy             Katherine Amsden


Those needing special accommodations to participate fully in this program, contact Lori Arsenault, (207) 780-5142, Hearing impaired: call USM's telex / TDD number (207) 780-5646.

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