Resilient Practice: Nurturing Wellness, Action, & Growth in Times of Change
A virtual mini-conference hosted by Music Therapy Ed
Keynote: The Resilient and Compassionate Music Therapist
with Ami Kunimura, MA, MT-BC
Compassion builds resiliency and resiliency builds compassion. Learn about and experience the beauty of this cycle and how to cultivate both resilience and compassion to empower yourself and your clients. Join Ami in this self-care experience to understand how your unique skillset as a music therapist can be used to build personal and professional resilience in times when you need it most.
Session 1: YOU are a Cool Music Therapist: Reconnecting with Your Inner Musician
with Nathan Mensah, MA, MT-BC
Who am I? Music Therapist, Jazz trumpeter, Drum Corps arranger, Heavy Metal and Hip hop producer, Opera and Musical Theatre performer, Church Choir Director, guitarist of Rock bands, lover of Funk and Ska! How can all of these musical identities co-exist? How do our multifaceted musical identities inform our own clinical practice? Will reconnecting with our inner musician allow us to provide a higher level of musical authenticity to our clients/patients while simultaneously reinforcing resilience in our own musical wellness? Spoilers: yes, I believe so! Bring an instrument of your choice, lets talk about it and make music!
Session 2: You Can’t Pour from an Empty Cup: Sustainable Self-Care Strategies for the Real World
with Jennifer Hicks, MT-BC, E-RYT
While researchers and clinicians alike agree that self-care is vital for music therapists, making it a priority in our daily personal and professional lives is most certainly easier said than done – especially during this challenging and uncertain time! Participants in this webinar will have the opportunity to explore a variety of self-care strategies identified in the music therapy literature, including music therapy interventions, personal and professional sources of support and growth, physical self-care practices, healthy musical self-care practices, environmental self-care practices, life outside of work, mindfulness practices, humor/laughter, gratitude, and other personal rituals. Participants will then be encouraged to be proactive about their self-care and will be invited to identify at least one self-care SMART goal that they will incorporate into their daily lives, using the knowledge gained throughout this time together. Follow-up on this goal will be offered.
Session 3: Finding Harmony in the Chaos
with Jennifer Pinson, MT-BC
Join us online for helpful tips for finding balance in a busy world. Jennifer will focus primarily on business ownership and maintaining a flexible schedule. With having a flexible schedule, it is important to have time management, focus, and clear vision. Participants will examine their overall life mission and vision to help find clarity in work and home life. In her experience owning a business, she has worked hard to maintain a good work life balance and find Harmony in her life. She is a parent to two small children, manages a business, and volunteers for professional organizations. Come learn some tip and tricks for managing time and finding your harmony.
Session 4: Social Media Marketing for Music Therapists: Amp up your Online Presence
with Stephanie Leavell, MT-BC
Looking to increase your online presence, create side income, and/or expand your impact? Digital marketing is a moving target and we’re going to share current best practices for Facebook, Instagram, email marketing, and more. We’ll give you tried and true information that will save you time and help you get right to what works!
Schedule of Events
Share your favorite resource/interventions/ideas/music & gather inspiration from your colleagues
Live Open Mic Night
Join us for a LIVE open mic session hosted by the MTE team via BeLive. All you need is a camera & your musical self!
All registrants are entered into a drawing for (1) free CMTE course of your choice or (1) 3-month free access pass to the VIP membership!
Live Session Schedule
(all times are in Eastern Time)
|Wednesday, April 22, 2020|
|11:00 am – 11:50 am (ET)||Nathan Mensah|
|2:00 pm – 2:50 pm (ET)||Jennifer Hicks|
|3:00 pm – 3:50 pm (ET)||Jennifer Pinson|
|4:00 pm – 4:50 pm (ET)||Stephanie Leavell|
|5:00 pm – 5:50 pm (ET)||Ami Kunimura|
|Recordings will be available after the conference|
Ami Kunimura, MA, MT-BC
Kunimura is the founder of The Self-Care Institute. Ami has been a board-certified music therapist since 2006, specializing in mental health, trauma, and addictions treatment. Ami is the author of Resilience Over Burnout: A Self-Care Guide for Music Therapists and facilitates Resilience Over Burnout: A Self-Care Program, a 31-CMTE credit online program. Ami provides therapeutic support for professionals around the world who are experiencing burnout and has presented on self-care and professional burnout at international events and conferences. Ami received her MA in Music Therapy from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and is currently pursuing a PhD in Mind-Body Medicine at Saybrook University
Stephanie Leavell, MT-BC
Creator of MusicForKiddos.com, a 100% online business that provides high-quality music resources for music therapists and music educators across the globe. Stephanie is passionate about community, cheering on other business owners, and ethical, feel-good digital marketing.
Jennifer Hicks, MT-BC, E-RYT
Hicks is an expert in her field and has presented regionally, nationally, and internationally for professional organizations, colleges, and universities. Her presentation topics have included the intentional integration of music therapy methods in session planning for mental health settings, the incorporation of yoga and mindfulness principles in music therapy, programming for individuals with dementia and mental health needs, the use of music therapy during the grief process, and the use of music to manage stress. In addition to Jennifer’s board certification in music therapy, she is also a Certified and Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT) with Level I and II Training in “Adapting Yoga for Disability” and additional training in “The Mind Body Approach to Trauma” from Mind Body Solutions.
Jennifer Pinson, MT-BC
Pinson has been a MT-BC since 2011, after completing her BS degree in Music Therapy and Psychology at Saint-Mary-of-the-Woods College. Prior to completing her music therapy degree, she completed a BS in Music in 2008 from Indiana State University. Upon completing her degree in music therapy, she began working with individuals with special needs on the Medicaid Waiver in Bloomington, IN. She has since serviced many clients and families on the waiver in Bloomington, Indianapolis, and the surrounding areas. In addition to serving families on the Medicaid Waiver, Jennifer provides services in Eldercare, ABA, and more. Jennifer is currently serving as President of the Association for Indiana Music Therapy. She is actively involved in the state and region, and is an active member in the national level of the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA). Jennifer also offers presentations about music therapy and entrepreneur training.
Nathan Mensah, MA, MT-BC
Mensah completed both his Bachelor’s and Master’s in Music Therapy at SMWC, and currently works at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Nate is an Adjunct Instructor at SMWC for the Music & Theatre Department, and has experience guest lecturing at colleges and presenting at AMTA Conferences on topics related to musical authenticity, musical skill building, and pediatrics.
Pricing & Info
Professionals: $99 or Pay-What-You-Can (see below)
Students: FREE with ID
VIP Members: FREE with membership
- 6 approved CMTES
- Certificate of Attendance
- LIVE sessions with presenters + Q&A
- One year access to recordings
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