I had no idea I was learning about music therapy advocacy at the time. Sitting in a music therapy course in grad school, I heard Dr. Standley repeat “adapt, adapt, adapt.” Over and over those words would echo in almost every class that semester. And then she repeated them in the next semester in the subsequent course. At first I thought “I’m in grad school. I’m not dumb. You only have to say it once.” But with every repetition, different scenarios and images came to me.

Mulling the words over and over forced me to apply “adaptation” to a variety of scenarios. AND, best part, that mantra helped me realize what I’ve adapted in my life before that I can replicate in future instances.

How Judy Simpson teaches us to adapt

Similarly, Judy Simpson describes how we can apply our therapeutic skills to advocacy efforts. Adapting those skills may help to relieve frustration. Hit play to check out this advocacy analogy:

 

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