Music Therapy Month and MTAO Conference

Happy Music Therapy Month From Find Your Voice Music Therapy!

Our goal is to raise funds and to bring people together to celebrate the powerful role of music therapy in the lives of Canadians from coast-to-coast.  Get involved by participating in a March, pledging a marcher, or making a donation.

Your contribution makes a huge impact! Go to musictherapytrust.ca to register and donate

What can you do to support music therapy in the Kingston community?
1.  Find Your Voice Music Therapy is the only full-time music therapy practice serving the Kingston area.  Share, like, and follow Find Your Voice Music Therapy on Facebook and Twitter.  Spread the word about the work we do but also the work so many Accredited Music Therapists are doing in Canada.

2.  Sign up for our monthly e-newsletter to stay updated with current news and events with Kingston area music therapy. http://findyourvoicemusictherapy.us11.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=019b9e65d9bd362f5b11e0f96&id=3c0d2a70ea

3.  Contact Find Your Voice Music Therapy for a free 30 minute music therapy consultation and learn how music therapy can enhance quality of life and wellness in your life or the life of a loved one. http://www.findyourvoicemusictherapy.com/contact.html

Music Therapy Association of Ontario Conference and AGM

As some of you know we attended the Music Therapy Association of Ontario Music Therapy (MTAO) Conference and AGM February 27th, 2016 at the Aptus Treatment Centre in Toronto, Ontario.  We had a day filled with so much knowledge and growth and are pleased to bring it back to the Kingston community.  Conference presentations included:

Goals and Objectives of the Canadian Music Therapist: A Diversity of Approaches – Nicola Oddy, MA, RP, MTA, CCC

For the past 1.5 years, Nicola has been engaged on a study about how Canadian Music Therapists write their goals and objectives.  The presentation shared results from her study and participants also had the opportunity to discuss what makes Canadian Music Therapists unique in this regard and what are our influences.

Informed Consent- Michelle Song, MMT, RP, MTA

Informed consent is an important step in all health care services and procedures.  Whether one works in private practice or in a facility, it is up to the therapist to be knowledgeable about the process and take responsibility of taking necessary steps to obtain informed consent from each client.  This presentation covered important concepts relate to informed consent and provided tools of music therapists to design and customize their consent forms and process.

Virtual Boundaries: Exploring the Benefits and Pitfalls of Social Media in Promoting Music Therapy- Karie Bilger, BMT, MSW, RP, MTA and Noreen Donnell, MMT, NMT, MTA

During this presentation participants discuss ethics regarding a Music Therapist’s  use of social media (i.e. Facebook, Linked In, Twitter) to promote music therapy in our community, provincially, nationally, and internationally.  They also discussed case studies of specific scenarios pertaining to the use of music therapy in social media, while referencing the Canadian Association of Music Therapy (CAMT) Code of Ethics.

An Opportunity for Positive Change and Growth: Music Therapists’ Experiences of Burnout – Kiki Chang, MA, RP, MTA

This presentation addressed findings of a phenomenological inquiry of Music Therapists’ experiences with burnout.  Themes emerging from interviews conducted with six Music Therapists in Canada were explored, along with implications for the profession of music therapy.