Saturday, December 20, 2008

December 20, 2008 - The Bonny Method of Guided Imagery & Music

My guest this week is Dr. Cohen. Nicki S. Cohen is Professor of Music Therapy and Voice at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, TX and a faculty member of the Anna Maria College Institute for Music and Imagery. She received a Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of Kansas; an M.A. in Vocal Performance from the University of Denver; and a B.S. in Music Education from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA. She has been a clinical music therapist since 1978, and earned her status as a practitioner of the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music in 2001. She is a Fellow of the Association for Music and Imagery (FAMI).

Dr. Cohen served on the Board of Directors of the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) as Chairperson of the Advisory Board for Education and Clinical Training and as Council Coordinator for the Council on Education and Clinical Training, and she served on the editorial board of the Journal of Music Therapy. She also recently completed her term as the President of the Association for Music and Imagery. Presently, Dr. Cohen is a member of the AMTA Advisory Board for Education and Clinical Training and on the editorial board for the Journal of the Association for Music and Imagery. Dr. Cohen is working towards her primary trainer status for the Association for Music and Imagery.

Nicki Cohen has worked with different clientele, including individuals with autism, developmental disabilities, schizophrenia, behavioral disorders, post-traumatic stress disorders, and neurological impairments. Her research has focused primarily on the application of singing to improve speech production in patients with neurogenic speech disorders, music therapy education, and Guided Imagery and Music. Dr. Cohen has served as an external reviewer for the theses and dissertations of international students in Australia, Canada, and Denmark. She is an active lecturer, and has been a featured speaker at both national and international conferences. A great deal of her music therapy and Bonny Method practice has included adaptive arts techniques for patients who require a more structured yet creative therapeutic environment.

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This is the last week to win A Kids N Tunes Christmas CD, donated by Ed Gallagher at the Beck Center in Ohio. Be the first person to leave a comment on this post to win a CD!

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Saturday, December 13, 2008

December 13, 2008 - Palliative Care & Hospice

This week my guest is Lisa Gallagher, MA, MT-BC, a clinical and research music therapist at The Cleveland Music School Settlement and The Cleveland Clinic and the Music Therapy Coordinator for the Cleveland Clinic. She has presented on local, regional, national, and international levels and has published articles in several journals. She currently is the Treasurer of the Great Lakes Region of the American Music Therapy Association, the Chair of the Certification Board of Music Therapists Board of Directors, and a recipient of the 2008 Blair L. Sadler International Healing Arts Award.

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December 6, 2008 - The Joyful Singers

The Joyful Singers are a group of adults with developmental disAbilities that plan performances. They perform in various locations throughout their community in Garland, Texas and learn music & singing skills, while also developing social, communication, and executive function skills.

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