What a whirlwind! The Southeastern Region of the American Music Therapy Association held its annual conference in Columbia, SC this past week.
It was a privilege serving on the local committee and seeing some of the work behind the scenes involved with a music therapy conference. Attending a conference in the city so near where I grew up was surreal.
The weather varied a bit but most of our time was spent indoors attending sessions for continuing education and networking with music therapy students and professionals from across the country. Dashing outside to Drip, M Cafe and Soda City Market were also highlights.
Presenting with three music therapists from FL, MS and SC who are also facilitating Jeffery Frank Wacks Music Therapy Programs funded by the LIVESTRONG Foundation was an honor. Hearing about the start-up of their sites and discussing program highlights and challenges with SERAMTA Members was productive. The session was titled Making Patients LIVESTRONGer: Southern Style.
There were many other reasons for celebrating during conference:
Presenting a concurrent session with colleagues from Spartanburg, SC and Pittsburgh, PA was enjoyable! The topic of our presentation was Academic & Clinical Supervision: Sharing Resources and Exploring Skills. Professional development is one of the topics that I am interested in. Sharing my enthusiasm of the processes involved is rewarding.
Topics of concurrent sessions and CMTE Trainings covered a range of topics. One specific session, Wellness for the Music Therapist presented by Dr. Cathy McKinney, MT-BC and Tim Honig, MMT, MT-BC from Appalachian State University was rejuvenating. As a tribute, my prepared meals for the week ahead are included in this post. As a music therapist servicing the Greater Charlotte Area, there are many meals that I eat on-the-go!
The next music therapy conference that I plan to attend is the 2015 American Music Therapy Association Conference in Missouri... Music Therapy: A Continuum of Growth. Begin the countdown to #AMTA15!
Though spring officially arrived last week, plans are underway for area summer camps to contract Piedmont Music Therapy, LLC. Stay tuned to the blog for more details.
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