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Music Therapy in Oncology and Palliative Care:  International Perspectives and Current Trends in Research and Clinical Practice

Conference Program (Pdf)

Date and Time:  Thursday, November 19, 2015, 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM ET

West Side YMCA
5 West 63rd Street at Central Park West
New York, NY 10023

Course Description
This one-day conference is designed to deliver an overview of current trends in music therapy in oncology and palliative care settings, focusing on clinical practice and research from multi-cultural perspectives. The role of the music therapist within collaborative and interdisciplinary contexts will be presented with consideration given to the in-depth scope of practice throughout the continuum of illness. The conference will feature descriptions of current innovative practices and demonstrations of strategies that address a range of biopsychosocial and spiritual issues within patient, family and staff environments.

Learning Objectives
At the completion of this conference, attendees will be able to:

  1. Identify and explain 3 current music therapy strategies that address a range of biopsychosocial and spiritual issues as they are utilized in modern oncology and palliative care treatment settings.
  2. Identify and explain the scope of practice in the context of 3 cultural perspectives.
  3. Describe the role of integrative and creative arts therapy approaches in interdisciplinary contexts as they function to inspire sense of meaning and improve quality of life across the continuum of oncologic and long term illnesses.
  4. Identify current trends in research and describe areas of practice that are in need of further empirical development and exploration.

Target Audience
Music Therapists, Creative Arts Therapists, Child Life Specialists, Chaplains, Physicians, Nurses, Psychologists, Social Workers, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Interns, Fellows, Residents, and Students

Planning Committee
Lucanne Magill, DA, LCAT, MT-BC
Meredith Ferrel, MA, LCAT, MT-BC
Colleen Fleming-Damon, PhDc, APRN-BC
Russell K. Portenoy, MD
Karen Richards, PhD, EdS
Winifred Schein, BA
Alessandra Strada, PhD
Javier Urrutia, MA, LCAT-P, MT-BC

No commercial funding has been accepted for the activity.
Russell K. Portenoy, MD, Planner and Speaker, has indicated a relationship with Pfizer Inc. for an unrestricted research grant.
No other Planning Committee Member has any disclosures.

Music Therapy in Oncology and Palliative Care: International Perspectives and Current Trends in Research and Clinical Practice is approved by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) for 8 Continuing Music Therapy Education credits. The MJHS Institute for Innovation in Palliative Care, P#-150, maintains responsibility for program quality and adherence to CBMT policies and criteria.

Tuition Fees
Early Bird Registration extended to October 30th:  $100 for professionals/$50 for students*
Regular pricing:  $125 for professionals/$75 for students*
*A valid student ID card must be shown at registration.

Cancellation/refund policy:  A refund will be given for cancellations requested by November 6th. No refund will be given after this date or for no-shows. If the workshop is cancelled by the presenter, a full refund will be given to all prepaid registrants.

Dormitory-style guest rooms are currently available starting at $90/single. Please call 212-291-2600 for reservations. The West Side Y is ADA accessible.

Questions?  Please email Dr. Lucanne Magill or call 212-649-5560.