The American Music Therapy Association’s national conference will be held this month in Kansas City, MO. I will be presenting at the conference as a part of the Trending Topics Panel on Friday November 13th at 7:30am that will cover a variety of skills for music therapists.

The panelists and topics include:

  • Searching for Funding Opportunities: Finding the Right Grantmaker for Your Project
    Presenter(s): Jessica Donley
  • Implementing and Generalizing Improvised Song Interventions: A Conceptual Framework
    Presenter: Kayla C. Daly LMHC, MT‑BC
  • Using Thematic Analysis to Assist in Selecting Popular Music for Song Discussion
    Presenters: Ashley Taul, MMT, MT‑BC; Chelsea Waddelow, MMT, MT‑BC
  • Therapeutic Efficacy of Violin Playing Techniques and the Human Voice
    Presenter: Tsz Hei Fatima Chan, MME, MT‑BC
  • Promoting Wellness: The Role of Music Therapy in Undergraduate General Education
    Presenter: Linda M. Wright-Bower, MS, MT-BC
  • Relationships Between Music Therapy Graduates’ Perceptions of Undergraduate Curricula and Graduation Outcomes
    Presenter: Stephanie Epstein, MM, MT-BC
  • Resilience Over Burnout: Self-Care Practices for Music Therapists Working With Traumatized Clients
    Presenter: Ami Kunimura, MT‑BC

In my presentation, I will be addressing compassion fatigue, vicarious traumatization, and secondary trauma as natural consequences of trauma work and the unique risk factors for music therapists. It is so important to be aware of the emotional demands of our work as music therapists, and I will present specific self-care techniques and solutions for coping with these professional fatigue syndromes in order to increase clinical effectiveness, well-being, balance, and resiliency.

More information about the AMTA conference can be found at

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