School of Music

2nd Annual Creative Health Conference

May 30, 2015
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Corthell Concert Hall, USM Gorham Campus

Creative Health ConferenceThe Creative Health Conference is open to students, healthcare professionals, therapists, caregivers, and self-advocates. Presenters are certified art, dance, and music therapists who will share their work, research, and philosophies about the creative arts therapies in a variety of populations: trauma, dementia, brain injury, oncology, and depression, among others. Join us for a day of information and inspiration.

Fee: $35 general public / $25 USM students

Registration fee includes lunch and an afternoon snack. For planning purposes, please pre-register.

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

 

Conference Agenda

Registration / Coffee 8am-9am

Intro, Alban’s video 9am-9:20am

Keynote Speaker 9:20am-10:45am

Breakout Session A: 11am-12:30pm

Lunch 12:30pm-1:30pm

Breakout Session B: 1:40pm-3:10pm

Breakout Session C: 3:15pm-4:45pm

Wrap-up in the lobby: 4:45pm-5pm

Descriptions and Bios:

Intro, Alban’s video 9am-9:20am

  • Alban Maino is the founder and executive director of Memory-Lane TV. Based I Portland, Maine, Maino has 25 years of experience as a film director and producer. He refocused his expertise on dementia when his grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. He created Memory Lane Therapeutics in 2013 with a committee of therapeutic, interactive and customized programs for dementia sufferers and caregivers. This personalized on-demand video platform combines four multi-sensory techniques: guided imagery, music and auditory integration, chronobiology and olfactory stimulation.

Keynote Speaker 9:20-10:45am

  • Sandra Bertman, PhD, FT: The Healing Arts: Images, Insights & Interventions
    • Even seasoned clinicians experience antidotes to burnout and compassion fatigue, gain insight, and reconnect to the creativity, renewal and joy in their chosen work when they interact with the creative and fine arts. See one. Do one. Use one. Drawing on expressive therapies and the wisdom of Visual Thinking Strategies, participants will explore resources and techniques readily accessible and adaptable for use in clinical, educational and everyday settings. A seven-minute multimedia epilogue, “Reflections on Wholeness” invites us to be in community: to reflect on and honor our own vulnerabilities and foibles as well as the suffering and humanity of those we serve in both our professional and personal lives.
      • Sandra Bertman is a leading thanatologist known for using the arts and humanities to cultivate the therapeutic imaginations of clinicians through illustrated lecture-presentations and training workshops. Formerly Professor of Humanities in Medicine at the UMass Medical Ctr, Sandra’s adjunct appointments include visiting lectureships throughout the States and abroad. Among her publication and media credits are the classic handbooks Facing Death: Images, Insights and Interventions, Grief and the Healing Arts: Creativity as Therapy, the manual Caring for the Caregivers, the film Dying and DVD Art, Spirit & Soul. Honored for her pioneering work in death education, grief therapy and palliative care are lifetime achievement awards from the Global Alliance for Arts and Health and the International Workgroup on Death, Dying and Bereavement. Visit www.sandrabertman.com

Breakout Session A: 11am-12:30pm

CHOICE A:

  • Michelle M. Joubert, BC-DMT, LCPC: Calming the Storm-Movement and the Anger Cycle
    • Children have a difficult time slowing down and breaking down emotions so that they feel manageable. Often times you hear both parents and children state that they go from 0-60 within seconds, and children feel that their emotions are in control of them. However, there is a progression to escalation even if children move through the stages quickly. This workshop will be focused on using movement, with elementary and middle school aged children, to learn about the anger cycle. Workshop participants will engage in experientials that focus on the use of movement to provide psycho-education about the escalation of anger. Participants will learn activities to support children in understanding how the body and mind both play a role in the escalation and de-escalation of emotions.
      • 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 in York county. Michelle has served as the Vice President of the New England chapter of the American Dance Therapy Association from 2007-2015. She has presented workshops at the ADTA, NEADTA, MAAPS and at last years Creative Health! conference.

CHOICE B:

  • Patricia Mulholland, MA, MT-BC. NMT: The Role of Music Thearapy in Alzheimer's Dementia Care
    • Patricia will offer a model of music therapy that defines the rationale for music therapy with the Alzheimer’s/dementia population and discuss therapeutic goals and music therapy techniques used to address these goals. She will involve participants in experiential activities and offer a video demonstrating music therapy at work. The session will include time for Q and A. Participants will: Understand a model of music therapy that captures how the intentional use of music effects functioning Understand what clinical music is and experience a variety of music therapy interventions used as part of treatment Learn about the research outcomes that support the integration of music therapy in our healthcare system.
      • Patricia Mulholland, M.A., M.T.-B.C., NMT, graduated from the Music Therapy program at Berklee College of Music, completed her internship with Seasons Hospice of Massachusetts and obtained certification in Neurologic Music Therapy. Founder of “Be Your Note” Music Therapy Services, she is in private practice with a focus on the Alzheimer’s/dementia and neuron-rehabilitation populations, and offers group music therapy in a number of healthcare facilities. Patricia also works with women and couples using voice and music improvisation. Her approach is driven largely by her skill in improvising, her long-time interest and research in the voice as a therapeutic modality, and her love of songwriting. Patricia is passionate about establishing Music Therapy in Maine and is a member of the State Task Force, supported by The American Music Therapy Association, which is working to gain state recognition so music therapy can be readily available to patients in our healthcare system. She brings 23 years of experience as a teacher/facilitator of leadership communication in corporate and academic programs across the globe. Patricia has been adjunct faculty at Maine College of Art and is a guest artist/lecturer at Berkley. She is the author of “The Singing Voice: Music Therapy Applications in Medical and Psychodynamic Settings,” Music Therapy: The Meeting of Science and Art,” and a book review of Essential Musical Intelligence. In addition to a B.A. in Music Therapy, Patricia holds a B.A. in English from Auburn University and a M.A. in Performance Studies from Northwestern University. www.beyournote.com

CHOICE C:

  • Jamie Silvestri, ATR/Executive Director of ArtVan & Tessa Hayes, Art Therapist (candidate 2016)/Program Coordinator for ArtVan : Expressive Therapist's On the Edge
    • Through an Expressive Therapist group process format, we will explore how Expressive Therapy can be applied as a mobile community arts therapy program addressing the needs of under-resourced populations in rural Maine. Participants will: 1. Expand idea of art therapy practice, 2. To build awareness and sensitivity to the field of art therapy and credentials, 3. Gain knowledge for the deeper, therapeutic benefits of art therapy, 4. To increase comfort of participants creative abilities
      • Jamie Silvestri holds a Masters of Expressive Therapy, a BA in Fine Arts and is a certified Art Therapist. Jamie has 24 years of both community and psychiatric care experience of working with inner city youth, people with AIDS, woman and men in corrections and children and adolescents with mental illness. Jamie recently founded and is the Executive Director for the ArtVan, a mobile arts therapy program that provides a free service to under-resourced populations. Jamie believes everyone has an imagination and when we give permission to activate this and embrace the creative process, the doors of possibilities will open. Tessa Hayes, Tessa has extensive experience working with a variety of age groups and populations, from early childhood to late adulthood, and has most recently focused on treatment planning with adolescents with cognitive and developmental disabilities as they transition to early adulthood. As an artist, she enjoys exploring the connections among art-making, memory and symbolism, mind-body sensation and perception, and self-regulation. Tessa considers art as activism and her role as an art therapist to be closely committed to social justice through community activism in the public sphere. Her graduate studies and work with ArtVan are focused on furthering the conversation around intersectional art therapy aimed at deconstructing dominant narratives and empowering populations that have been marginalized by stereotypes and essentialist assumptions of race, class, gender, sexuality, ability, and citizenship.

Breakout Session B: 1:40pm-3:10pm

CHOICE A:

  • Suzanne, Art therapy: Sand tray therapy

CHOICE B:

  • Christine Linnehan, LCPC, BC-DMT, FT, and Amanda Lopez: Beyond Words: The Restorative Power of the Arts in Healing after Traumatic Loss
    • The path of grief after the death of someone close to us is a uniquely challenging life experience — one of the most difficult a person can face. When a death results from a traumatic event (suicide, homicide, accident) or is experienced as sudden, shocking, or frightening, it puts the bereaved at a higher risk for developing a combination of trauma and grief distress. Much has been written about the restorative power of the arts in the wake of loss and the creative arts therapies have been widely recognized for their efficacy in coping with traumatic bereavement. The creative process can counteract the lethargy of grief and mobilize the imagination as a healing force. In this interactive workshop we will explore how dance/movement therapy and other creative arts modalities can be integrated into an evidence-informed, restorative treatment approach designed to promote stability, emotional regulation, and resilience while providing the traumatically bereaved a safe way to process their narratives of loss; connect with the life and memories of the deceased; and create new visions of wholeness and hope.
      • Christine has been in private practice, Riverview Counseling, in Scarborough, ME for the past 19 years and has been a clinical consultant in the Bereavement Support Program at the Center for Grieving Children since 2004. Previously, she worked in inpatient and partial hospitalization settings that focused on the treatment of trauma. She is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, a Board-Certified Dance/Movement Therapist, a Board-Certified Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS). She holds an advanced certification as a Fellow of Thanatology from the Association of Death Education and Counseling and served on the Board of the New England Dance Therapy Association (NEADTA). Christine has a special interest in the impact of suicide loss on children and families and has extensive training in complicated grief; childhood traumatic grief; suicide prevention and postvention. In addition to her clinical practice, Christine is involved in writing, consulting, and presenting nationally on creative approaches to coping with traumatic bereavement.
      • Amanda Lopez received her Masters of Arts in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling from Antioch University New England. Upon conferral of her M.A.(June, 2015), she will be a Registered Dance/Movement Therapist (R-DMT).  She completed her final internship at the Center for Grieving Children in Portland, Maine. As an intern,  Amanda co-facilitated peer-support groups for children, young adults, and families. She also facilitated in the Center’s Multicultural Program which provides peer support to relocated and refugee/asylum seeking youth in the Portland community.  Amanda is interested in future work as a dance/movement therapist helping different populations cope with grief and loss.

CHOICE C:

  • Brian Harris, MA, MT-BC, NMT/F; Cobi Waxman, MA, MT-BC, NMT; Caitlin Hyatt, MT-BC, NMT: Neurologic Music Therapy Applications for Language Recovery
    • Presented by a group of three Neurologic Music Therapists, this presentation will first outline the underlying neural mechanisms of speech and language, and the effects of music on these functions; shown through scientific research. We will then present how this neuroscience is translated into standardized interventions in Neurologic Music Therapy via Melodic Intonation Therapy and Musical Speech Stimulation.
      • MedRhythms, LLC is a new Neurologic Music Therapy start-up based in Boston. MedRhythms is the only company specializing in Neurologic Music Therapy in New England. www.medrhythmstherapy.com

Breakout Session C: 3:15pm-4:45pm

CHOICE A:

  • Kate Beever, MA, MT-BC: Tools for Communication: Use of Music Therapy in Developmental Disabilities
    • This session will combine research and theory with hands-on experientials in music-based interventions that you can use in your own work with children and adults with developmental disabilities. Learn basic musical skills that will help you connect with clients in order to improve communication, speech, self-expression, and overall wellness.
      • Kate Beever is a board-certified music therapist. She received her bachelors in music performance from USM and her masters in music psychotherapy from NYU, with additional certification in Neurologic Music Therapy. Kate is the owner of Maine Music & Health, which provides group and individual music therapy services to clients in medical settings. Kate collaborates with healthcare professionals to meet the healthcare goals of a variety of populations throughout the state, while keeping up an active performing and speaking schedule to raise awareness of the field of music therapy. Maine Music & Health has reached clients in over twenty towns in Maine, in oncology, brain injury, dementia, developmental disabilities, refugees, and at-risk youth. Kate organizes the Creative Health conference.

 CHOICE B:

  • Audrey Albert King, R-DMT, CMA, MA- Dance Ed: Multimodal Use of the Creative Therapies for a Group Sesssion with Dementia
    • Brief description of Dementia: what it is, the 4 basic kinds 2. Treatments: The main focus will be on the creative arts. 3. I will speak about briefly and then demonstrate with an extensive experiential how I integrate more than one of the creative arts into a group session. This will include movement, word art or poetry, back to movement, addition of music. Also there will be an interpersonal social/emotional component, memory recall, cognitive and brain boosting work.This experiential will be followed by a discussion.
      • Audrey Albert King, R – DMT, CMA, MA in Dance education. Audrey currently works as a Dance/Movement Therapist (DMT) in the memory unit of a residential setting for Dementia in Brookline, MA. In addition to running DMT groups, Audrey facilitates art, music, and poetry sessions, groups designed to heighten and retain cognitive abilities and social and emotional wellbeing. Audrey has worked and remained in various school settings for most of her career as a dance educator and now DMT; specifically as a Clinical Interventionist and Student Support Counselor. Creating Movement Poems and Choirs are her favorite group activities. The practice of Authentic Movement continues to inform her life and all that she pursues. Audrey is also an avid Nia instructor as well, dancing her way through life and inspiring others to discover their own joy in movement.

CHOICE C:

  • Katherine Amsden, LCSW, CP - Healthcare Decision Making In ActionAs a Palliative Care Social Worker and Certified Practitioner of Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy, Katherine Amsden will provide an experiential workshop demonstrating how action methods can assist with exploring and expanding conversations about complex medical decision making faced by patients and families diagnosed with life limiting and life threatening conditions. Group members will deepen their understanding of patients and families facing these circumstances through role reversal, doubling and sociodramatic enactment methods first developed by J.L. Moreno.

Contact Information

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USM Music Box Office, (207) 780-5555