clinical skills

[PsychToday] Translating Comedic Impression to Clinical Experience

September 22, 2013
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The following video recently made the rounds in music therapy-land.
When I first watched the video, I was highly entertained, moving to the music and laughing at my favorite impressions: Julie Andrews, Zooey Deschanel, Celine Dion…
When I watched the video a second time, I began to think…wow! How is she DOING that?…(read more)

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Stuck in a Rut? 11 Ways to Get Your Music Therapy Mojo Back

August 2, 2012
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I remember the feeling well of trying to prepare for a session and feeling like I was doing the same thing over and over and over again. Feeling bored. Feeling worried that my client might be getting bored. And what happens if they are? Will they continue to improve in music therapy? And what if […]

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Guest Post: Essential iPad Apps for Music Therapists

March 22, 2012
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Remember me? What can I say…it’s been a crazy March! I have missed blogging and hope to get back in the swing of my once weekly postings…starting now 🙂
To start things off, I would like to introduce you to student music therapist Jesse Kurn. Jesse responded to a question on the music therapy listserv about […]

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Taking Time to Think

February 8, 2012
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I think that one of the biggest perks of being a PhD student is that I am being forced to think.
When is there time, otherwise? Between running a household, raising kids, having a business, seeing clients, documentation, learning new songs, going to the grocery store, checking social media streams, buying birthday gifts,….WHEW! Our thinking has […]

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Why “Holidays” Are Important (And It’s Not What You Think)

October 26, 2011
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As this is being posted, I’m getting ready to head out-of-town for my sister’s wedding. As with most travel events, it’s highly stressful getting ready to leave. You spend hours and several late nights trying to get ahead on work, laundry, dishes, and cleaning, so that you can actually let go and relax for a […]

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What I Miss Most About Clinical Work

October 6, 2011
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I am going to be a very excited music therapist when I take my first Advanced Clinical class this coming spring! By the time I see my first client in January, I’ll have had a 1.5 year long hiatus from clinical work.
I really miss it. It was a purposeful decision not to open a practice […]

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Back to School Check-In: Are These What Growing Pains Feel Like?

September 21, 2011
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I think I’m going through professional growing pains. Is there such a thing? As I write this, I’m feeling inadequate, under-prepared, and as if I don’t know nearly enough…or at least nearly as much as I should.
On a conscious level, I realize that this is a very good place to be. My hope is that […]

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Secrets to being a Successful Music Therapy Student

August 10, 2011
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I got a great question recently from Maven reader and music therapy student Caitlyn W. (@caitlynmarie123), who wrote:
I would love if you would write posts directed toward music therapy students. I know that as a college student, I love to hear other people’s stories of their college experience, how they balanced all the classes, internship […]

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73 Things I Wish I’d Known as a New Therapist

March 2, 2011
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You’ve finally made it. You’re wearing that graduation cap and gown, have the diploma in one hand (or at least the diploma cover since the actual diploma won’t be shipped for another 6-8 weeks), and are taking your zillionth picture with elated family and friends. You’ve done all your coursework, you’ve finished your internship, and […]

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