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Music Therapy Alumni & Faculty Engage at WRAMTA Conference

Marylhurst alumni and faculty in the music therapy program took an active role in the planning and presentation of the 2014 Western Regional American Music Therapy Association conference in Portland.

Marylhurst alumni presenters include:

Jillian Hicks
CMTE F ~ You Can Do It! Music Therapy Reimbursement in the Western Region 101
Jillian Hicks, MA, MT-BC, works as a music therapist at Willamette Valley Hospice in Salem, OR. She specializes in medical music therapy in end of life care for adults and children. She recently had a co-authored chapter published in Music and Medicine: Integrative Models in the Treatment of Pain.

Emily Horton
When Personal Issues Arise... Empowering, Integrating, and Sustaining Clinical Practice
Emily Horton, MT-BC, graduate of Marylhurst University, works full-time as a music therapist for the University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Institute in Salt Lake City, serving youth inpatient and day treatment populations. Emily serves as VP-Elect for WRAMTA and is also on the UAMT board and Utah State Task Force.

Angie Kopshy
CMTE F ~ You Can Do It! Music Therapy Reimbursement in the Western Region 101
Angie Kopshy, MM, MT-BC, owns a private practice in Portland, Oregon. With five years of experience, she specializes in children with autism and adults with neurologic impairments such as Parkinson's, dementia and traumatic brain injuries. She was the 2012 WRAMTA Professional Development Grant recipient.

Marylhurst faculty and clinical supervisors presenting are:

Laura E. Beer
Creating Sacred Space: Music Therapy in Hospice Settings
Laura Beer, Ph.D., ACMT, is director of the music therapy program at Marylhurst University. She has more than 25 years clinical experience working with clients of all ages and abilities, her most recent work in hospice. She served on the WRAMTA 2014 planning committee.

Lillieth Grand
Institute ~ Sound Birthing Music Therapy Assisted Childbirth
Lillieth Grand, MS, MT-BC has been a music therapist for more than 20 years. Most of her experience is with children, but she also has assisted many women in childbirth and worked with couples prenatally. She is WRAMTA vice president and 2014 conference chair. She currently teaches at Marylhurst and also supervises clinical practicum students.

Dawn Iwamasa
Playing in the Same Sandbox: Tips for Successful Music Therapy Advocacy
Dawn Iwamasa, MA, CCLS, MT-BC is Government Relations Representative for WRAMTA. She has been a music therapist for 14 years, primarily in the pediatric medical setting. Currently, Dawn is a program coordinator for the Alzheimer's Association Oregon Chapter and teaches part-time for Marylhurst University's music therapy program.

Petra Kern
Evidence-Based Practice: Implications for Early Childhood Music Therapy and Beyond
Petra Kern, Ph.D., MT-DMtG, MT-BC, MTA is the owner of Music Therapy Consulting. She teaches music therapy at Marylhurst University and serves as editor-in-chief of Imagine magazine. Dr. Kern has published more than 40 articles/book chapters, is a frequent international speaker, and has received several national awards.

Beth Rousseau
Becoming Mother: Embodied Music Techniques for Post-partum Emotional Healing
Beth Rousseau, MA, MT-BC operates MotherSong Healing Arts in Portland, Oregon. For almost a decade, she has specialized in mental health, elders and birthing women. She is the former president of the Oregon Association for Music Therapy and teaches music therapy at Marylhurst University.

Jessica Shaller-Gerweck
A Trauma-Informed Approach to Music Therapy for High-Risk Native Youth
Jessica Shaller-Gerweck, MM, MT-BC is co-owner of Shaller Gerweck Music, Inc. She provides contract music therapy services to the Chemawa Indian School as part of a wrap-around wellness and prevention program. Jessica is a published author and international speaker.

Jessica Western
Community Forum
Jessica Western, vice president of Oregon Association of Music Therapy served as chair and panel mediator for the Community Forum. She also served on the WRAMTA 2014 planning committee.

 

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