The American Music Therapy Association’s 2014 National Conference is happening this week in Louisville, Kentucky.

I will be presenting on Sunday morning at 9:15 am on essential self-care practices for music therapists working in mental health.

It is so important that we take care of ourselves while we take care of others.

I’ll be sharing my personal experiences with burnout, and current research on professional burnout and resilience.

All those who attend will leave with…

  • A realistic and personalized self-care plan for the next month.
  • Practical and easy tools to incorporate into daily life.
  • A self-care language to incorporate into a professional vocabulary.

And we will be learning about…

  • The risk factors, symptoms, warning signs, and consequences of professional burnout.
  • The types of burnout affecting mental health workers.
  • Research on burnout for music therapists.
  • Why self-care needs to be a part of our professional identity.
  • The primary structures of professional and personal self-care.
  • Essential self-care practices for music therapists working in mental health.

“Self-care is not an indulgence. It is an essential component of prevention of distress, burnout, and impairment. It should not be considered as something ‘extra’ or ‘nice to do if you have the time’ but as an essential part of our professional identities” (Barnett, Johnson, & Hillard, 2006, p. 263).


If  you are attending the conference, I’d love to see you there! If not, more information on self-care will be shared in this blog in the future.

For more information on AMTA 2014 visit:

Barnett, J. E., Johnston, L. C., & Hillard, D. (2006). Psychotherapist wellness as an ethical imperative. In L. VandeCreek, & J. B. Allen (Eds.), Innovations in clinical practice: Focus on health and wellness (pp. 257– 271). Sarasota, FL: Professional Resources Press.

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