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Marylhurst Creative Arts Therapy 032016

Mar 15, 2016|

AN INTERVIEW WITH DR. LAURA BEER, THE DEPARTMENT CHAIR OF MARYLHURST’S ART, MUSIC, AND CREATIVE ARTS THERAPIES PROGRAM, ABOUT WHAT CREATIVE ARTS THERAPY IS AND HOW IT HELPS PEOPLE AND THE EDUCATION PROGRAM AT MARYLHURST.

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This is a microscope and Entercom radio Portland public affairs program. I'm Gary blocks of creative arts therapy is a growing field in the health care in therapeutic profession that incorporates art and music into the healing environment. And stay in the program I'd like to welcome doctor Laura beer the department chair of Merrill Hearst's art music and creative arts therapies program. And the director of the music therapy program at Merrill Hearst. Welcome to Mexico doctor beard. Well thank you Gary it's a pleasure to be here appreciate taking the time. So I think we probably should let our audience know exactly what is creative arts therapy. Creative arts therapies are. Ways that we work with people who have different issues and needs and abilities. In a way that accesses. Strengths. And accesses. Pop potentials. That aren't really able to be worked with arms director modalities. For example. Someone who has advanced dementia. Who seemingly can't speak anymore. Or seemingly doesn't recognize. Their son anymore. When we bring in music therapy and activate the power of their brain. That he remembers music. Remembers some lyrics. And responds emotionally. Two of these things and it's so all of the sudden people are singing and their singing entire song and you're smiling and their inner acting. And where they're really. Coming back an offense to who they were. And they're also bringing in those past strength forward into that moment. So we do that through music therapy. There are there be. There are. Are therapists. Working all over the globe I'm healthy people especially with arms some form of mental health issue. To. Growth to develop to understand themselves more there are therapists working with children. And psychiatric unit. Third from a very drama therapist psychodrama. Place therapists and I'd dance movement therapists. So it's quite a wide range of different creative arts modalities. That are being used down in support. Of other therapies and in support. The patient your clients lifestyle. And we are really a small but my AD. Force in the world better and it's growing recognition. And Don growing and I think an evidence based. Approached that researchers showing these approaches really have a lot of value and effect. The super interest and while how. How this is different from other therapies. Well and other therapies we have people who are diagnosing and treating say it's it's similar to how well we go to the dock terror. And we've got a specific pain. The doctors diagnosing what's wrong with us and then it's prescribing. A specific treatment. A physical therapist. You have that is well very very diagnosing an issue and treating it speech language pathology. Whereas with the creative arts modalities. We are were identifying issues and we're assessing. And were observing. But we're not necessarily diagnosing. And so we we work into court a patient's existing diagnoses. And sometimes their work helped uncover. What the diagnosis actually is. But we we more are complementary. Therapies and we work as team members. Really to. Fill out the whole treatment protocol. So. And in many instances. Give me another example with people who. Has had as a stroke. And I are having severe after effects of the stroke. Very optic nerve being seen by an occupational therapists and a physical therapist. And so this therapy is going along the person doing these exercises. And with with the inclusion of music therapy though with the music therapists there there's also saddened this whole other engagements. Of neurological. Facilities. Are brain becomes just all involved. And do people want to move they're motivated they're singing while there. Exercising. Dirt during gauging their whole body their whole mind and spirit. In this treatment. That. Wouldn't they have doesn't have that affects. That's sometimes just physical therapy or occupational therapy have alone so we really con man and sound sellout. The treatment protocol in a really effective way. How long has creative arts therapy been around in and how was it discovered that I needed to seem so interest in. Right well I can speak to. But to create art course in and around since. Cave men were drying on wall then. Oral traditions of how. Many many African culture is very very is not a written history its its history pat found her song. And it. So it's it's it's embedded in our nature. AAR movement to and drowned and are to use sick. And serve a lot of these actual therapies though they've really come about since World War I. When a lot of soldiers return. From active warfare. And they used to call shell shocked. And there was really no effective treatment. And they found that music and art in movement. We're having what seemed like miraculous effects but now we know are actually neurological. Identifiable. Effects. To bring people. Out of out of the shell shocked and what we call now post traumatic stress disorder. So those therapies were identified. After World War I and again after World War II put more veterans were returning home. Because what happens with people when they've suffered such a severe shock it's not just what they can't talk about it or they won't talk about it. It's it's literally that that mechanism. To speak about the trauma in their brain is blocked. And we know now that the creative arts. Works around that. And as you visit different pathway toward Tibet trauma and helps release did an expressive and many many better in both men and women have literally have their lives saved because of the creative arts therapies. So a lot of that history comes about. From warfare actually and it's become. Heart of the treatment. The US military. Is down the veterans association and the military are are really looking at music therapy as. As him as an inter goal and needed part of of the returned home. DC patience to. Benefit from this their. Not necessarily a great question to Gary. You don't have to be musician. To engage in music therapy you don't have to be an artist. To engage in art therapy it's really about. It in some ways it's better people don't have. Experience because they come into it just more ready to explore. And ready to come try I think without. And there's there's a whole form of working music therapy with musicians and it's. It's very interesting. But for the most part we work with all different kinds of children adolescents adults older adults. That don't have music in their background or may be they have lessons when they were young but we all respond. To music. Yeah I like to say that you think I don't view music at the universal language. I believe we all are universally. Responsive to music so. And so that responsiveness. To music or tell our. Is is what's most important. Because that activate cognition. It activate around the body movement it activates the emotional centers this spiritual centers so it really. Brings into play all these other parts. Other person. Can simply engaging in singing a song or writing a song or in it improvising music. So many times we think OK you know I've had a stressful days wanna go home and listen to some nice music. Prefer more I wanna thumb through I've catalog look at pictures and maybe some arts and go to the museums and the like that's so I think it's beneficial to everyone. I agree I agree many people now if that's the beauty of digital music now many people create their own playlist I have one student who is. He's completing all her course work. And she's moving into trying to find an internship. And it's a very. Involved educational process cent per hurt removed from school into internship. Has created some anxiety and her. And made her feel all. Not quite worth thief and so there is one basic said that he was blocking it was a beautiful day it seems that found and C started hearing the song the Braves. And realize that what you needed to be until she found all these songs with the theme of brave and that's which he listens to now this whole playlist. That motivates her keeps her going keep your confidence level up. So that's the beauty of how we can music is music in our everyday lives. And that people are doing now on I think it's I think it's wonderful. The besides music what other creative arts are included in creative arts therapy. There's art therapies we have a graduate art therapy program here Merrill Hearst and that is. That's a flourishing. Profession as well there's drama therapy. Which is a bit of a new profession. Joseph Moreno and Robert Randy were really the pioneers back in the sixties and seventies. That modality. And dance movement therapy has has also this is a bit of a new work. Weighed two. Have a creative arts therapy involved. But that. They're doing more and more research in dance movement therapies well they it's showing how effective it is for people even with multiple sclerosis send. Different issues. Anders played therapies that is primarily. With children. It's really the art. A therapeutic play of helping kids. I'm coping with that could be coping with the law or could be children who are autistic finding a way to express themselves. That uses. Different different ways you could say they've played therapist and he used. Different kind of gain visual forms even some musical forms they do Mormon integrative approach there. And down step closer to primary modalities yourself so people in the world doing poetry bare feet. Primarily with adults are adolescents. And I think out of out of all of them it seems that art therapy music therapy and drama therapy error. Really taking taking hold in the world. With the music therapy is it creating music person so. From listening to music or is at all time. It all of that if music music therapists are trained. To use music and all its. Glory and dollars beautiful aesthetic forums so sometimes we may have. An occasion say a person. In the hospital. Whose anticipating. A surgery later that day under very anxious. The music therapists may come in and do what we call it premium music assisted relaxation. Where we help the person kind of relax through. Verbal from imagery. And then either plan then either playing improvising music for them or playing it. Or playing a recording. At some kind of relaxing music and really leading them into that more relaxed state and into. Approaching. This procedure. With a more calm. And common relaxed demeanor. Sounds like there's a growing professions can you tell me about the educational process of doing them a creative arts therapist. Yeah Gary I'd be happy to. It it's a very it's a very intensive process. Our. Students. Undergo. Training well for one thing they must be. I've and a professional level in their own art forms either as a artist or musician. Or actor. And or or dancer. Can we say a professional level what do you mean by that. We'll for example here Merrill hurt. That undergraduate music therapy program. People have to have had. Or they receive here a music. Very thorough music training. From theory to oral skills to composition. Too and becoming proficient. At a professional level on one instrument. And so we have some we have some students who are. Professional level in blazer or French horn. Or clarinet. So if that's part of it can really vary what your specific instrument as. But achieving that level. Professionalism. And as a musician. It really its core value of being a music therapist it's really having a very strong understanding. And craft. Of music. And we also banned students also go through very rigorous music therapy training all kind of clinical work. Student allowed into the Portland area here. For its about a 180 hours. For as part of their education. And they are come back and they write up their goal for the objective did they go to class is discussed. And we also have classes and clinical improvisation and percussion and we have advanced classes in all the various methods of music therapy as well. There's several really well established. Wasted. Approach music therapy with different populations. And so they also have to learn about all the different types of issues. Everything again from autism. Two. People who were undergoing. Cancer treatment to people who suffered a lot to people laugh hospice. And down people who suffered strokes so it didn't we also have to provide that level of training as well and in the art therapy program. It's more of a mental health focus. They're very involved as well and going to clinical sites. And learning how to become an art therapist by doing it. And then in the school work aspect or learning a lot about different mental health issues and different ways to work. With people who have mental health issues learning about diagnoses dollar various treatment so. It's a very. It's a very well rounded and rigorous education and training and for music therapist and art therapist then after the course work. Derek are required in terms ship. And so that's. Spezza. At the very intensive Immersion into. Becoming a professional. Music or art therapist. Is there any medical. Education involved. The heat we have they didn't. For our program they're required to take anatomy and physiology. And but not necessarily. Need. More. A specific like diagnosis type of class. No not not that comes some program do you have like a medical terminology class that really helpful. We try an embed that kind of terminology entire classes so the students are familiar. With different aspects of medical care. Who would be a good fit for the creative arts. Profession. I would think someone who isn't interested. Has to. Have. A high level of creative. Expression already. And whatever modality. That there interstate then. I really think it takes to. Someone with maturity. And deep sense of compassion. For others. And a willingness. To really get involved. And working with people and not everyone is different that I had I had one student. Who started the program when I was at another program and after about a week of classes. CCE mailed me and said is going to drop out and go on to it. Giving music to people because you say they didn't I didn't realize they would have to work with people. So. God bless her she learned that early on and but they able to make that decision. So we really trying counsel people before they come into into a program that this is really. And these types of things that we we hope that they are ready for. We're talking today with a doctor Laura veer from Merrill Hearst university note doctor Laura. Are there any misconceptions about music and art therapy. Yes I think one of the primary misconceptions. Is that. Just singing a song or. If I'm a good musician and I can go into a hospital in play and it's just automatically going to be healing and helpful Larry can. Go work with children and get them drawing something it's going to be healing and helpful. And so I think that's a common misperception. That the whole education. And the process of but that they. A client need. And writing up specific. Treatment goal and objective. And they continually. Assessing that such a part of what we do that I think it's and you didn't. A lot of times people just see the results you know this child went from screaming because he couldn't communicate how this sudden he's singing ABC's. The so people see that but they've does the actual work that goes into bash. Is very deeply held an intensive. And at least we actually in the state of Oregon. We successfully lobbied the legislature. For a license or for music therapy. So as of January 1. Of this year. Every person who is safe certified music therapist. Must register. For a life sentence. And that gives us a lot of protection now. To be able to. Seek insurance reimbursement now and also becomes even more. More widely accepted as a treatment modality. That's great yeah we're we're really excited about it it's. It's a huge smooth move forward for. Organ music therapist which it by the way has really grown tremendously just in the past fifteen years. We've gone from just the handful of music therapist to close to ninety now in the states that gaining a lot of support recognition. If somebody both felt like a creative arts therapy would be a good fit for them or maybe some of them they care for how they go about getting them therapy. These a lot of beyond. A lot of the national organizations. That need to compare the American. Music therapy association and that the American art therapy association they have wonderful web site. And it's based. Have bombs find a therapist. On there though for music therapy you can actually go into the music therapy web site click on find the therapists. Quick on your state. And apple hopefully pop a list. Of music therapist in your area with contact information that you can go ahead and contact directly. And sometimes if people don't have access to Internet or that just seems too daunting a process I get a lot of calls here and requests. Per referral that I just send out to the music therapy community we also have a state organization. The organ association for music therapy. And so bail they'll send out those types of requests to members. Who follow up that way to live a few different ways to do it basically didn't Google linked music therapy or again. We'll give you some resources there. That's great. He out so what do you see this perfect profession headed. That's a great question Jerry. It's thick it's that it's actually really exciting question. I think we are headed for. Being. Everywhere. I say that in the most positive way it's my it's my vision. That every hospital in the United States will have at least one music therapists on staff. Because it's a needed service. From everything from the neonatal intensive care unit to the palliative to the pain control area to the oncology. Hit the children's ward. Music therapy. It is such an incredible. And again research based profession. That. If it were really just starting to catch fire in terms of people realizing the benefits and that many of the many ways that. It has positive effect. I'm development and growth and or stability. Then so I think that's where we're headed. Is a lot. More awareness and acceptance. And I think we're also moving towards. Some government agencies in bracing music therapy as a needed service. And that's going to again make it as common as speech language therapy or occupational therapy you know. Thirty years ago people had no idea what occupational therapy wise. And they have moved into. A firm place in that treatment world of the therapy world and I think that's where music therapy headed. Now you've given us so much great and interesting information today how wonderful yet. And I did my job yes fear because that we've been talking today with doctor Laura beer the department chair of Merrill Hearst's arts music and creative arts therapies programs. And you're also the director of the music therapy program federal arrest doctor beer thinks of you know so today thank you Gary appreciate it. The scope is an Entercom radio Portland public affairs program I'm Gary blocks of if you have a nonprofit or public affairs organization that you'd like to let others know about it. 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