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R. Lessons for Everyone from Hospice Music Therapy
(Event: 2018 AMTA Conference, "Music Therapy for a Growing World")

Nov 15, 2018 7:30 am - Nov 15, 2018 12:30 pm
Session Type: Additional Course
Track: .


Whatever your population, you can benefit from the many lessons I’ve learned in a decade+ of full-time hospice work. This highly experiential CMTE explores topics like: HOW we do what we do; working with vulnerable clients; the importance of presence, moving toward & giving back; and facing our own mortality.


Obj. #1: Participants will demonstrate an ability to respond musically to highly subtle non-verbal communications from clients, including breath, facial expression, and energy. CBMT Domain II.A.5.a.f.g.q.s.w1.w3.z.aa

Obj. #2: Participants will articulate their own individual, personal barriers to full presence, authenticity, settledness in themselves, and moving toward clients. CBMT Domain II.A.1.b.c.e.f.g

Obj. #3: Participants will articulate the steps of the RAIN process for coping with their own challenging emotions and countertransference in highly charged client situations. CBMT Domain II.A.1.b.c.f.g


20 min             Introductions to each other, set aspirations & intentions for the time, housekeeping, outline of day

Bringing awareness and presence to our work with people who are highly vulnerable or fragile

60 min             Aspects of Awareness: Body, Mind, Emotions, Surroundings, Wheel of Awareness: Identifying our triggers and habits, This section will include interactive experientials based on awareness and presence.

15 min             Break

Working with strong emotions: A process to help ourselves and our clients

60 min             Learn RAIN process for emotions: Recognize, Allow, Investigate, Non-Attachment/Natural Presence/Nourish Self-Compassion

15 min             Break

A Deep Dive into Compassion        

50 min             Really examining compassion and what it means. What are the dimensions and aspects of compassion? Examining: Attention, Empathy, Somatic, Emotional, Cognitive, Self-Other Distinction, Non-Attachment to Outcomes, Learning GRACE process for bringing compassion to clients while caring for ourselves. Examining ideas around burnout, compassion fatigue, and self-care.

Working musically with the ideas we have covered with today

50 min             Choosing music for highly vulnerable and fragile patients/clients.

Responding musically to subtle, non-verbal communication from clients (breath, facial expression, energy, silence)


20 min             Open discussion from day, closing remarks

10 min             Evaluations




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