MTABC Annual Conference


MTABC Annual Conference

Saturday, November 4th, 2023

IN PERSON at the Health Sciences Association Building in New Westminster

Registration is now open for the MTABC Conference, Here is the link to the registration page:


Conference Theme:
“Moving our Profession Forward: Promoting Access and Person-Centered Care”


Keynote Address: “Hidden Barriers to Engaging in Healthcare” by Dr. Drew Clark PhD, HEC-C, RCC, MTA

Concurrent Presentations by:

  • Birgit Giesser: “Where Have All the Little Children Gone?”
  • Aspen Switzer: “Neurodivergence-Informed and Affirming Practice: A Heuristic Inquiry”
  • Melissa Donaldson: “Good Morning Holy Family”
  • Stephen Williams: “When Clients Don’t Engage Musically – Strategies and Ideas”
  • Sheila Lee: “Trauma-Informed and Family Centered: Supporting Pregnant Women Who Use Substances and their Infants”
  • Felicia Wall & Ian Fildes : “Working with Made-Vulnerable Youth: Holding Space and Culturally-Sustaining Practice”
  • Katherine Wright: “Dipping into Pools of Sadness: Using the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music with a Second-Generation Holocaust Survivor”

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Drew Clark PhD, HEC-C, RCC, MTA

Dr. Drew B. A. Clark is an Assistant Professor in The University of British Columbia School of Nursing, living and working on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam people). Dr. Clark is a healthcare ethicist (HEC-C), clinical counsellor (RCC), and music therapist (MTA, MT-BC). Their clinical practice has primarily been in mental health, substance use, palliative, pediatric, and gender-affirming care. Dr. Clark’s research focuses on healthcare ethics and health equity. Through qualitative, participatory, and empirical ethics research, as well as arts-based knowledge translation, they contribute to the scholarly literature and health professions education in areas such as clinical ethical decision-making and healthcare access for marginalized and underserved populations.