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Saturday, November 7 • 9:00am - 10:30am
Music Therapy as Procedural Support with Pediatric Patients

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Adverse psychological implications have been well-documented in cases of childhood hospitalizations. Psychological distress may include: separation from family members and/or friends, loss of privacy and sense of control, and fear of painful or invasive procedures. The majority of the published research on procedural support involves doctors and nurses implementing music as a form of distraction to decrease patient anxiety level or sense of fear. However, music therapy has the potential to move beyond mere “distraction.” This presentation will explore further potentials of music therapy as procedural support for pediatric patients, as perceived by a music-centered therapist and a music psychotherapist entering the medical setting. Music therapy interventions that place emphasis on engaging children, and allowing them to become more collaborative in their therapeutic processes, will be examined and clarified. In addition, the dynamics of collaboration between child life specialists and music therapists will be discussed.

Eligible for 1.5 Credits: ATCB, NBCC; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS


Gabriela Ortiz, MS, MT-BC, LCAT

Gabriela Ortiz, MS, MT-BC, LCAT, is a Nordoff-Robbins trained music therapist focusing in work with children to young adults across various populations. She is the creative arts therapy coordinator and researcher at Kravis Children’s Hospital at Mount Sinai, where she works... Read More →

Angel Park, MS, MT-BC, LCAT

Angel Park, MS, MT-BC, LCAT, works as a music therapist in pediatric/adolescent settings at Bellevue Hospital. She is a creative arts therapist at MarbleJam Kids, where she collaborates with art and drama psychotherapists in providing creative art therapies for children/adolescents... Read More →

Saturday November 7, 2015 9:00am - 10:30am PST
Executive Conference Center 1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)