AMTA 2011 – National Conference!

Today is the official start of the national conference of the American Music Therapy Association in Atlanta, Georgia.  For the past two or three days music therapists from around the country and even the world have been gathering in Atlanta to attend meetings and continuing education courses. Tonight is the opening session of the conference.  The event will be preceded by a jazz performance by Dr. Arvin Scott who is on the faculty of the University of Georgia.  During the opening session Atlanta-based duet “Out of the Rain” and taiko drummer Iris Shiraishi, who is a music therapist, will perform.  Opening sessions at AMTA conferences are never boring!

Mickey Hart will be in attendance at this conference and will be presenting a session and facilitating a drum circle.  Pretty exciting especially for the “Dead Heads” among the group.

I have been working with the national committee that I sit on for the last couple of days.  I have been the representative for the Western region to this committee for the last 10 years and love working with the other committee members some of whom have been on the committee for even longer than I have.

The committee will be presenting a concurrent session on Sunday morning where we will introduce the membership to the “Music Therapy Clinical Self-Assessment Guide”. This document has been a labor of love for the committee which developed and revised this guide over the past 10 years and will continue to keep it current for ever more. It is now available in the membership resources area of the AMTA website.  I guess that makes me a published author of sorts (tee hee).