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Music Therapy Faculty Present at OHCA Conference

Marylhurst music therapy faculty will present a workshop at the annual Oregon Health Care Association conference in September 2014.

The presenters are Laura Beer, Ph.D., MT-BC, ACMT, director of the music therapy program at Marylhurst University; Liska McNally, MT-BC, clinical supervisor, Marylhurst University; Jessica Western, MT-BC, vice president, Oregon Association for Music Therapy; and Jodi Winnwalker, LCSW, MT-BC, CEO, Earthtones Music Therapy Services. McNally and Western also teach music therapy at Marylhurst.

In Music Therapy Roundtable: A Healing Art and Clinical Necessity, these four accredited music therapists will speak to the power of music therapy in service settings. Participants will learn how music, a naturally powerful and healing medium, is of clinical necessity in working with treatment needs such as sustaining existing strengths, preserving and enhancing quality of life, non-pharmacological pain management, fostering enjoyment and legacy-building, facilitating positive life review, increasing communication, decreasing aggressive or disruptive behaviors, and increasing socialization.

"This is the first time music therapy has been formally introduced at the OHCA conference," Dr. Beer said.

Oregon Health Care Association is a private not-for-profit trade association representing more than 620 nursing homes, assisted living, residential care, senior housing facilities, in-home care agencies and long term care corporate offices, along with close to 200 nationwide business partner members. Members include not-for-profit, proprietary, privately owned, multi-facility and professional partners.

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