SWAMTA Conference Report

SWAMTA Conference

Attending the #SWAMTA15 Business Meeting

Attending the #SWAMTA15 Business Meeting

was a lot of fun this year! I enjoyed seeing colleagues and meeting new people. A student even came up to me at opening session and said that I was the reason she was there! Apparently, she contacted me as a student asking about music therapy. I pointed her to some radio shows and that helped her decide to pursue a music therapy education. What a nice way to start off conference!

Fancy dress #swamta15The Southwestern Region of the American Music Therapy Association celebrated 60 years at this conference, so there was a fancy dress party Thursday night with a cocktail hour, opening session and formal dinner, and a birthday cake. I won a $50 gift certificate for food and drink at the hotel!

On Friday, I presented Life After Internship : Lessons for the New Music Therapy Professional with Barbara Bastable and Esther Craven. My portion of the presentation was on Steps for Reimbursement, How to Work with Populations or Settings You Have No Direct Experience With, and Reporting CMTE Credits. After lunch, I presented How to Use Psychodynamic Concepts in Biomedical Music Therapy with Jennifer Townsend.

This presentation was challenging for me because I don’t have the best understanding of the psychodynamic model, but it’s something I wanted to have a better understanding of. I usually challenge myself to present on topics that I’m interested in learning more about so that I’ll have to learn them and integrate them better in order to present on them. That was definitely the case for this presentation and we received a lot of positive feedback following the presentation.

The SWAMTA business meeting followed, and then it was time for dinner with Sam Houston State University students and alumni. SHSU dinner #swamta15

On SDella rocks! #swamta15aturday, I attended Learning to Harmonize: Opportunities for Music Therapists and Therapeutic Musicians to Collaborate and Cooperate, which also included an update on the Texas State Recognition Task Force. Government Relations Representative Della Malloy-Daugherty does a wonderful job of representing us and educating us about the status of state recognition in Texas.

Then I presented Economical Options for Recertification Credits and Learn How to Track Recertification Status Online on behalf of the Certification Board for Music Therapists.

Finally, we celebrated again at the closing session, which featured a wonderful singer and lunch. Conference was exhausting, but fun, as always. Now I’m ready to get back into my regular routine!