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USM School of Music Partners with Maine Music & Health to Present Second Annual Creative Health Conference

In a region of the state where the fine and performing arts scene flourishes and healthcare is a leading industry; the USM School of Music is bringing both fields together for the second time.

The USM School of Music is partnering with Maine Music and Health to present the second annual Creative Health conference for students, healthcare professionals, therapists, caregivers, and self-advocates, at the end of the month. 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.

The conference is Saturday, May 30, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., held in Corthell Hall on the USM Gorham campus. The cost is $35 for the general public and $25 for USM students. A CEU of .7 is available for an additional $12. Click here to view the conference agenda and to register.

Maine Music and Health is run by USM alumna Kate Beever '07.

Kate Beever"Last year's Creative Health conference was an overview of the arts modalities in healthcare. Attendees made new connections and left with skills they could use in their own work," said Beever. "This year, we'll be focusing on more specific topics such as trauma, dementia care, and developmental disabilities; and feature a keynote speaker instead of a panel. We are looking forward to spreading the spirit of collaboration in the name of health!"

Additional conference topics include grief, brain injury, oncology, and depression.

The day will begin with a presentation by Alban Maino, who runs Memory Lane Therapeutics, a Portland-based company that produces therapeutic and interactive films for use in hospitals, retirement homes, Alzheimer units, and by caregivers.

Keynote speaker Sandra Bertman, PhD, FT, will focus on the need for the caregivers to care for themselves and methods that medical professionals can use with the creative and fine arts to combat their own fatigue and grief in their professions.

Sessions offered at the conference include:
Calming the Storm-Movement and the Anger Cycle with Michelle M. Joubert, BC-DMT, LCPC:
The Role of Music Thearapy in Alzheimer's Dementia Care with Patricia Mulholland, MA, MT-BC. NMT
Expressive Therapist's On the Edge with Jamie Silvestri, ATR/Executive Director of ArtVan & Tessa Hayes, Art Therapist (candidate 2016)/Program Coordinator for ArtVan
Sand Tray Therapy
Beyond Words: The Restorative Power of the Arts in Healing after Traumatic Loss with Christine Linnehan, LCPC, BC-DMT, FT and Amanda Lopez
Neurologic Music Therapy Applications for Language Recovery with Brian Harris, MA, MT-BC, NMT/F; Cobi Waxman, MA, MT-BC, NMT; and Caitlin Hyatt, MT-BC, NMT
Tools for Communication: Use of Music Therapy in Developmental Disabilities with Kate Beever, MA, MT-BC
Dance Ed: Multimodal Use of the Creative Therapies for a Group Sesssion with Dementia with Audrey Albert King, R-DMT, CMA, MA
Healthcare Decision Making In Action As a Palliative Care Social Worker and Certified Practitioner of Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group with Katherine Amsden, LCSW, CP

Click here to view the full conference agenda including session descriptions.

Click here to register for the Creative Health conference.