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Music Therapy Workshops Spring 2012


Music Therapy Workshops | Spring 2012

THIS MUSIC SOUNDS AS MY FEELINGS FEEL April 17, 18 and 19, 2012 | 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. | $350 Wilfrid Laurier University | 75 University Ave. W. | Waterloo John Aird Building | Room 204 Instructor: Dr. Heidi Ahonen

It was Sigmund Freud who first stated that the dream is the “royal road to the unconscious…”. The images created during music psychotherapy interventions have similar clinical value. The language of music is emotional; to understand it we must tune into poetry – the medium of unconscious image exchange. Often music begins when our words end. Music Sounds as My Feelings Feel is about music and imagery. It introduces a process of music psychotherapy in which music experiences are used to bring about therapeutic change. The workshop will combine didactic and experiential elements, as well as the clinical applications of therapeutic use of music. Participants will explore their inner self with music and learn the main methods and practical applications of the therapeutic use of music for their clinical practices (i.e., therapeutic music listening and clinical improvisation). Participants in this experiential workshop will jump into the imaginative world of music, explore their inner self and learn how to use music as a therapeutic tool with their clients.

EMPTYING CONTAINERS WITH MUSIC: USING MUSIC TO EXPLORE THE SOURCE OF VICARIOUS TRAUMA AND BURNOUT AND EMPTYING THE CONTAINERS April 25, 2012 | 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. | $165 Wilfrid Laurier University | 75 University Ave. W. | Waterloo John Aird Building | Room 204 Instructor: Dr. Heidi Ahonen

Are you a helping professional, therapist, nurse, social worker, pastor, rescue worker or counsellor? Do you work with traumatized people? Do you witness or share heartbreaking experiences day after day? This experiential workshop is ideal for those who listen to the traumatic experiences of others and find those experiences to be traumas that burdens them as well. Vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue affect helping professionals’ physical, psychological and spiritual health as they observe and interact in daily traumatic accounts or react to the traumatic situations of others. Vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue not only steal away a helping professional’s passion, but also deteriorates their health. Many of us have unknowingly experienced it. It manifests as a sense of helplessness and ultimately leads to burnout and depression if disregarded.

During this experiential workshop a variety of music therapy techniques will be used to help participants identify and explore their vicarious traumatization, burnout, stress and resources.

Contact and Registration Information

Lynne Jordan
Professional Development and Alumni Relations
P: 519-884-0710 ext. 5265

PhD, Psychotherapist, Group
Analyst, Accredited Music Therapist

Dr. Ahonen is a professor of Music Therapy at Wilfrid Laurier and director of the Manfred and Penny Conrad Institute for Music Therapy Research. Her teaching career includes posts at North Karelia Polytechnic, the Sibelius Academy for Further Education and the Finnish Mental Health Association’s Psychotherapy Training Institute. She has extensive clinical and supervisory experience and has published widely on various therapeutic methodologies and qualitative research.

Heidi has trained music therapists and psychotherapists and conducted workshops for healthcare professionals since 1991. As a clinician, Heidi practices music psychotherapy and in the music therapy field she has developed group analytic music therapy methods, group analytic music therapy supervision model, integrated art and music therapy methods and music listening, imagination and improvisation methods. She specializes in adult clients with childhood traumas, PTSD, burn-out, vicarious trauma and depression.