Jodi Winnwalker, Laura Beer, Lillieth Grand

Jodi Winnwalker, Laura Beer, Lillieth Grand

Dr. Laura Beer, Lillieth Grand and Jodi Winnwalker received the 2015 Changemaker Award for Music Therapy Advocacy from the American Music Therapy Association.

“Our success in achieving state licensure is deeply appreciated by AMTA national leaders,” said Dr. Beer. She wished to recognize other Oregon music therapists who were also presented with the Changemaker Award: Dawn Iwamasa, Melissa Potts, Chris Korb and Ted Owen, who holds a certificate in music therapy from Marylhurst University.

This group of music therapists and educators led a task force supporting a bill to create a Board of Music Therapy within the Health Licensing Office to license music therapists. Since becoming law in July 2015, only licensed individuals can practice music therapy in the State of Oregon.

At the national AMTA conference, this group also participated in a continuing education course, State Task Force Advocacy Bootcamp.

The American Music Therapy Association is committed to the advancement of education, training, professional standards, credentials and research in support of the music therapy profession. The award program acknowledges individuals who have made significant contributions to AMTA.

Dr. Laura Beer is the director of the music therapy program and chair of the Department of Art, Music & Creative Arts Therapies at Marylhurst University. Lillieth Grand and Jodi Winnwalker are clinical supervisors, and Grand teaches music therapy courses.