Conference 2017

10th Annual Conference

Community Building

Featuring Dr. Heather Mohan Van Heerden, Keynote Speaker

Saturday, November 4, 2017
8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Capilano University, Library Building 321 and 322

Dr. Mohan Van Heerden is the Founder and Executive Director of the Camp Kerry Society; a registered Canadian charity that specializes in providing support and counselling for young families coping with life-threatening illness, grief and bereavement. Heather worked for five years as a Counsellor and Music Therapist with the Delta Hospice Society and prior to that for 13 years as the Coordinator of the Lions Gate Hospital Family Bereavement/Expressive Arts Therapy Program. In 1997, she developed the first music therapy program at Canuck Place (Canada’s only free-standing hospice for children) – a program that is still in existence today.

Heather is a registered clinical counselor and an accredited music therapist with a Masters degree in Music Therapy and a PhD in Arts Education. She has been a Faculty member in the Graduate Counselling program at City University of Seattle and in the Music Therapy program at Capilano University and is currently an instructor in the UBC Department of Medicine (Division of Palliative Care). Heather has been invited to present her clinical work and research on music therapy, palliative and bereavement care at conferences around the world: in Canada, United States, New Zealand, Japan and Europe.

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Conference rates (lunch included on conference day) Early Bird Rate till Oct. 21 Registration after Oct. 22
MTABC member (MTA, associate, friend) $75 $90
MTABC student/MTI member $45 $55
Non-MTABC member $99 $115
Non-MTABC member student $70 $80

*Refund requests will be accepted only until October 21, 2017.

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