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Regional music therapists gather for annual conference

Indianapolis, Indiana: home of the Indy 500, host city for the Big Ten Basketball Tournament and the 2010 NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four, and – this weekend – the location of the 2010 Great Lakes Region of the American Music Therapy Association (GLR-AMTA) Conference.

The GLR-AMTA consists of music therapists located in the states of Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota. The annual conference is in one of these six states each spring. The theme for the Indianapolis conference is “Recharge Your Engine in Indy.” To align with the theme, many conference sessions will feature topics related to personal self-care, such as: Music for Ourselves: Making Music with Other Music Therapists to be presented by Sharon R. Boyle, M.M., MT-BC; and Compassion Fatigue and Self-Care for Music Therapists to be presented by Bridget Doak, Ph.D., MT-BC and Becky Pansch, NMT Fellow, MT-BC. Additionally, conference participants have the option to participate in yoga and/or Pilates sessions offered on-site for no additional charge.

The conference will run Thursday, March 18, 2010 through Sunday, March 21, 2010. Thursday and Sunday are both dedicated to Continuing Music Therapy Education (CMTE) sessions, where participants will engage in in-depth study and meet learning objectives of the specified topic. Thursday evening’s opening session will feature Keynote Speaker, Amy McConkey Robbins, an Indianapolis-based speech-language pathologist, presenting Whirlwinds and Small Voices: Sustaining Commitment to Work With Special Needs Children. Concurrent sessions will run Friday and Saturday, as well as numerous state and committee business meetings. Other events include a drum circle led by “Bongo Boy” on Friday evening; a research poster session, featuring current scholarly activities; an internship fair allowing students and internship site directors to connect; vendor exhibits; and the GLR Awards banquet, featuring guitarist, Casey Harshbarger on Saturday evening.

For additional conference information, please visit the Association for Indiana Music Therapy’s website.

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