Lauren Passalacqua for The Center for Discovery

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The Center for Discovery Hosts 10th Annual Music Therapy Conference

 The Center for Discovery will host the 10th Annual Mid-Atlantic Region Passages Conference on Saturday, October 5. The Passages 2013: Peace. Love. Music Therapy. Conference features a variety of speakers on the use of music therapy to treat disabilities. The program will begin with a morning keynote address by Eric Wills, Director of the Music Therapy Jamaica Field Service Project, and continue with sessions on different practices and approaches to music therapy. The conference will begin at 9:30 AM and continue through 2:30 PM.

A full list of the session topics is provided below.

WHAT:           10TH Annual Mid-Atlantic Region Passage Conference on Music Therapy

WHEN:           9:00 AM Registration; Program begins at 9:30 AM, Saturday, October 5, 2013

WHERE:         Michael Ritchie Big Barn Center for Environmental Health and Education, Walter’s Way, Hurleyville, New York

PROGRAM: 9:30 AM  Welcome

Ashley Bonilla & Liz Anstead, Conference Co-Chairs

9:45 AM   Keynote Address

Eric Wills, Director – Music Therapy Jamaica Field Service Project

10:30 – 11:30 AM  Concurrent Sessions

(1) Coping with Anxiety through Improvisational Music Therapy

(2) Integrating Mindfulness into Music Therapy

(3) An Experience of Music Therapy with a Premature Infant (Clinical Case Study)

 (4) Building a Relationship through Improvised Songs/Songwriting


11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Plenary Session: Self Reflection of a Music Therapist


12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Lunch

 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM Concurrent Session

(1) Voice, Gender and the Self

 (2) Music Therapy for Children with Disorders of Consciousness

 (3) Many Paths Leading Home: Music Therapy Interventions in Palliative Care

 (4) The Importance of Music Therapy for Children with Severe Developmental Delays


The Center for Discovery’s nationally recognized Music Therapy program provides services in both individual and group sessions.  These services are offered to both children and adults served by The Center. The Music Therapy team is comprised of seven highly trained Board Certified Music Therapists and as many as four music therapy interns from respected colleges and universities throughout the country.  The internship program has been in place since 1999 with more than 32 different colleges from the United States and Canada participating, and is approved by the American Music Therapy Association.


About The Center for Discovery

The Center for Discovery is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, nationally known provider of educational, health and residential services for children and adults with severe disabilities and medical frailties, including a growing number of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. The Center offers individuals – and their families – innovative educational, clinical, social, creative arts and recreational experiences designed to enrich their lives through personal accomplishment.


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