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Wednesday, September 18, 2019  |  3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Open to Conference Attendees Only

Arts for Trauma and Caregiver Support

Susan Mericle, ATRBC
Art Therapist, Texas Health Dallas Presbyterian Hospital
M.J. Gallop
Project Specialist for Arts Integration, Center for Performing Arts Medicine at Houston Methodist
Antonio "Tony" Milland-Santiago
, Center for Performing Arts Medicine at Houston Methodist Hospital
Jeniris González-Alverio
NICU Music Therapist and Clinical Supervisor For Berklee Students, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Gail Zarren
Program Director of Expanded Arts Access and Healing Arts for Kids, Young Audiences
Tanya Maggi
Dean of Community Engagement and Professional Studies, New England Conservatory of Music
Kirsten Lamb
Double Bassist, Vocalist, and Educator

3:00 PM - 4:15 PM

Using Art as a Secondary Trauma Intervention

Susan Mericle

As three patients presented with the Ebola virus, Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas responded to an unprecedented situation not encountered by any hospital in this country. Staff managed these patients and excelled in caring for them under extremely difficult conditions. Debriefing after a crisis of this magnitude required unique methods. Using the arts became one of the techniques for healing. This presentation will share the arts process, methodology, and some vignettes utilized with the frontline staff and all other impacted personnel. Participants will leave with an understanding of a practical application of how to use the arts to enhance the debriefing process in the acute stress phase of secondary trauma.


Creating Community Through Employee Choirs

M.J. Gallop (interactive)

This interactive arts activity will demonstrate how group singing through employee choirs can readily create profound connections with one another while increasing employee engagement and resilience, instilling institutional values, and improving the individual’s sense of mindfulness and awareness. In addition to fostering community among employees, hospital choirs create connections with patients, families, visitors, and staff through performances that have a humanizing effect on the environment of care.


Right After Hurricane Maria: Using the Creative Arts for Disaster Relief in Puerto Rico

Antonio Milland-Santiago, Jeniris González-Alverio

Hurricane Maria was one of the most devastating natural disasters in the modern era. This phenomenon had a profound social, emotional, economic, and psychological impact on the people of Puerto Rico. With the help of creative artists and board-certified music therapists in the island and abroad, arts programs were created to help the people of Puerto Rico build resilience, express their emotions, build relationships, and elevate the collective morale. The purpose of this presentation is to share the experiences of the people on the island and abroad impacted by Hurricane Maria, the coalitions and organizations that took an active role in art recovery initiatives, and share effective artistic models that can be used after a natural disaster as a creative approach to psychological first aid.


Expanding Horizons Through Music: A Collaborative Model Using Music to Foster Wellness in Young Children and Families Experiencing Homelessness and Trauma

The Expanding Horizons Through Music program addresses cognitive, behavioral, emotional and learning challenges of homeless children (ages 2-5) experiencing poverty and trauma.This session explores the best practices that have emerged from the program’s multi-layered partnerships, including design and implementation of YAMA’s preschool music program, the training of participating conservatory students, and program modifications that have been made through on-going assessment.

Gail Zarren, Kirsten Lamb, Tanya Maggi


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SESSION FOCUS AREAS: = Generative Space = NOAH