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

Beyond One Voice: The Camp Kerry Love Story …

Music therapists share many powerful, meaningful and life-changing moments and relationships with clients and their families. We may never know or see the full impact of these moments or the relationships they emerge from. But sometimes we are fortunate enough to witness the long-term ripple effect of our work. And sometimes we are fortunate enough to see our work evolve in its reach and in its scope beyond our wildest dreams.

Through a series of personal, professional, poetic and musical reflections, this presentation will trace the remarkable ten-year path of one such music therapy relationship … which grew from a bedside session with a young terminally-ill mother in a palliative care program in North Vancouver into the creation of a registered Canadian charity with a unique family-centred, expressive-arts based, compassionate community model of care that is now helping to bring the healing power of music therapy to hundreds of children and families coping with grief and loss all across Canada.

This is far-ranging story which encircles and connects music therapy, the transformative potential of death and grief, the strength of community, the gifts of compassion, the necessity of hope, the reciprocity of healing and the power of Love to change us all.

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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MTABC 10th Annual Conference Friday Night Social
Friday, November 3, 2017
Capilano University, LB 322
7:00 pm -9:00 pm

Come kick off the 10th annual MTABC conference on Friday night. Based on this year’s theme of community building, it will be an evening for networking and strengthening our music therapy community. There will be organized social activities and a cake to celebrate the anniversary of MTABC. Admission to Friday night is included in the purchase of your conference ticket. In an effort to stay green, we request that you bring your own reusuable mug for use at Friday and Saturday conference events. Can’t wait to see you there!

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 $70
Non-MTABC member $99 $115
Non-MTABC member student $55 $80

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

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