The winds blew me to St. Charles, IL, with the help of a plane, to the National American Music Therapy Association Conference, “Changing Winds: Innovations in Music Therapy” from October 7th to 14th.
For 4 days, I attended the Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT) Training, learning about cognitive, speech and language, and sensorimotor techniques to address persons with neurological impairment. After intensive hands-on training, a new music therapy approach, and supportive research, I am a certified Neurologic Music Therapist. I am very excited to have these techniques to use with the students at Parish!
Then, I spent another four days attending sessions on current research, new ideas and activities, and technology in music therapy. In the meantime, reconnecting, meeting, and networking with music therapists across the world, including colleagues and faculty advisor from college, visible music therapists in social media, and leading researchers.
At the Conference, there was a contest hosted by MusicTherapyEd.com, with the grand prize of all access to continuing education courses online, consult sessions with the instructors, a djembe, and a t-shirt. I was so excited that I won! There are so many wonderful opportunities to continue my growth as a clinician, businesswoman, and as a musician with this grand prize.
It was especially great to spend quality time with music therapists from Houston and in my music fraternity, Sigma Alpha Iota. Too often we are busy in our own worlds, working hard, and focused on our clients. The dialogues, connections, and ideas exchanged were inspirational and uplifting.
While the NMT training and conference was occurring, I am also in my last three weeks of half marathon training. I thoroughly enjoyed running in the cooler weather and even in the rain! It was certainly different from hot Houston! As the leaves change colors and the rain falls in St. Charles, I am enamored with the beauty of the seasons, and feel the powerful energy that comes with change.