Moving Our Profession Forward: Re-conceptualizing Canadian Music Therapy within an Evolving World
Featuring Dr. Laurel Young, Conference Keynote Speaker
Friday, October 19 and Saturday, October 20, 2018
Capilano University, Library Building 321 and 322
“This year, the Canadian Association of Music Therapists (CAMT) is celebrating its 44th anniversary and I have been a proud Canadian music therapy clinician and advocate for over 23 years. With a continuously growing list of certified music therapists practicing in our country (700+ MTAs) and an increasing number of Canadian scholarly publications and research, our profession has certainly come a long way in a relatively short period of time. In recent years however, we also seem to have entered an unprecedented period of uncertainty, where provincial regulation of psychotherapy/counseling, multiple specialized trainings, and a growing number of arts in healthcare initiatives have collectively challenged our sense of professional identity. Yet I believe this situation also provides us with an opportunity to thoughtfully re-conceptualize our professional identity in such a way that will meet (within reason) the evolving demands and practicalities of clinical contexts, address the diverse needs of our clients, and honour the foundational ideals of Canadian music therapy. Working together, we can move our profession forward with passion and integrity. My presentation will expand upon these ideas, incorporating various “real-world” examples.”
Dr. Laurel Young is a certified music therapist (MTA), Psychotherapist (Québec), and Fellow of the Association for Music & Imagery (FAMI). She is an Associate Professor of Music Therapy at Concordia University in Montréal, Canada. She has over 23 years of diverse clinical and music therapy advocacy experience, has presented internationally, and has authored several book chapters and peer reviewed journal publications. She has served on the Boards of the Canadian Association of Music Therapists and the Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund. Dr. Young is a research member of the PERFORM Centre, Concordia’s Arts in Health Research Collective (AHRC), and the Centre for Research and Expertise in Social Gerontology (CREGÉS) and was recently appointed as Associate Director of engAGE: Concordia’s new Centre for Research on Aging. She always enjoys visiting the west coast and is truly honoured to be the keynote speaker for MTABC’s 2018 Annual Conference.
To find out more about Dr. Young click here.
For further information, please contact
Melody Owen, MTA
Jessica Shen, MTA
MTABC Conference Co-Chairs