Conference 2018

Moving Our Profession Forward: Re-conceptualizing Canadian Music Therapy within an Evolving World

Featuring Dr. Laurel Young, Conference Keynote Speaker

Saturday, October 20, 2018
8:30 am – 5:00 pm
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.

To view a preliminary program and list of presenters, click here

MTABC 11th Annual Conference Friday Night Social
Friday, October 19, 2018
Capilano University, LB 322
7:00 pm -9:00 pm

Come kick off the 11th annual MTABC conference on Friday night. It will be an evening for networking and strengthening our music therapy community. 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. More information coming soon!

Conference rates (lunch included on conference day) Early Bird Rate till Oct. 6 Registration after Oct. 7
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 13, 2018.

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For further information, please contact

Melody Owen, MTA
Jessica Shen, MTA
MTABC Conference Co-Chairs

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