2020 Student/Intern/Supervisor Conference

  • 24 Oct 2020
  • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Online


Registration is closed

Please join us for the Student, Intern, and Supervisor Conference on Saturday October 24, 2020 hosted virtually on Zoom. 

Are you looking for tips on how to refine your resume and interview skills? Are you curious about how to incorporate more music into your supervision? Are you thinking about starting a private practice?  Or are you thinking about ways to foster social justice informed clinical supervision? Then this is the conference for you! We are looking forward to seeing you there!

There is something new and exciting happening at this year's conference: Student/Intern/Supervisor Awards! Scroll down to see nomination guidelines.

Fee:  $10 for MTAO members, $25 for non-members

Registration Deadline:  October 23, 2020

Other Info:

  • Each registrant will receive a $10.00 gift card to Uber Eats! We hope you can order yourself a delicious lunch for this event that comes to your doorstep. 
  • Not an MTAO member? Consider becoming a member to have access to the MTAO member cost for future conferences! 

Presentation Descriptions & Speaker Bios

Getting the Job: Resumes & Interview Tips for Music Therapists

During this presentation, participants will be given tips for creating
effective resumes when applying for music therapy jobs, guidance for
preparing for a music therapy interview, and tips for engaging
successfully in an interview. Additionally, the psychosocial challenges
of applying for jobs in a relatively small field where there are many
people applying for the same position will be addressed. The presenter
will share this information based on her experiences over the past 17
years of interviewing both interns and professionals, as well as being
on the other side of things applying for jobs and being interviewed in
various settings.

Facilitated by Chrissy Pearson

Chrissy received her Honours Bachelor of Music Therapy from the University of Windsor in 2002. She completed her internship at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Aging and Veterans Care. She is a certified music therapist (MTA), a member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists (RP) and a Fellow of the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music (FAMI). She has worked in various settings including long-term care, palliative care, acute care, adult group homes, community mental health, schools, and private practice. Chrissy is an active supervisor and has received teaching and supervision awards from both Sunnybrook and Baycrest. Advocating for music therapy and providing presentations and consultations about the benefits of music therapy is an important part of her work. Currently, Chrissy is the clinical manager at the Music Therapy Centre and works part-time at Baycrest. No matter what the challenge, illness, or obstacle a person faces, Chrissy believes that, in the hands of a certified music therapist, music has the ability to reach people, support people, and engage them on their journey toward wholeness.

Music as a Central Force During Supervision

As music therapists, I believe it’s important and even necessary to use music during supervision. As music therapists, since music is our own medium of interaction with clients, it makes sense that we use it for our own growth and emotional process as clinicians. It both helps us to experience our own medium and gives us new tools and ways of thinking about music in our work with our own clients. In this experiential presentation we will use music to learn new ways to connect with personal issues that can both support and undermine your work with clients.

Facilitated by Nicola Oddy

Nicola has been a music therapy clinician since 1985, using the voice as her primary mode of intervention.  She is accredited by the Canadian Association for Music Therapy, is a Certified Counsellor with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association and is a Registered Psychotherapist in Ontario.  She has been a part time faculty member at Concordia since 2010 in the Creative Arts Therapies, music therapy program, and a contract instructor at Carleton University teaching ‘Introduction to Music Therapy’ in the school for studies of art and culture. She is currently a PhD candidate in Cultural Mediations in the Music stream at Carleton University where she is striving through her research, to learn more about our vocal culture and how our voices can be a tool for increasing environmental and personal awareness.  Nicola has been a internship supervisor since 2002, and a professional supervisor for the past five years. www.nicolaoddy.com

Fostering Social Justice Informed Clinical Supervision

Without a social justice informed approach to clinical supervision, we run two substantial risks. First, we risk traumatizing the trainees that we supervise through insensitivity to the pain they may carry that has been caused by systemic oppression. Secondly, we risk harming the public when our supervisees fail to address systemic oppression in their work. As supervisors and music therapists, as thinking caring community minded individuals, we need to explore and reflect on our own stories, who generated these stories, and who benefitted from these stories. We need to review our personal and family histories to peel back the layers of why we know and believe what we know and believe. Through reflection and action, we can learn to be allies in the work that needs to be done to shed the remnants of colonialism that continue to be systemically embedded in our life experiences, education, and training.

Facilitated by Sue Baines

 Sue Baines has a Bachelor of Music from the University of Calgary, HonoursBachelor of Music Therapy from Wilfrid Laurier University, a Master of Arts in Music Therapy from New York University, and a PhD from the University of Limerick. She is a Fellow of the Association for Music and Imagery trained through the Southeast Institute for Music Centered Psychotherapy in Atlanta, GA and is accredited by the Canadian Association for Music Therapy. She has extensive eclectic music therapy experience working with persons with a broad spectrum of physical, emotional, social, and spiritual concerns in a variety of clinical and community settings. Sue has taught workshops and seminars across Canada as well as in the United States and South Africa and has published in professional journals. She has practiced music therapy in Vancouver since 1994 and taught in the Bachelor of Music Therapy program at Capilano University in North Vancouver since 1997.

Starting a Private Practice - Panel

Moderator: Priya Shah

Priya Shah is a certified music therapist (MTA) and registered psychotherapist (RP) currently working at Homewood Health Centre, a mental health facility in Guelph. She is enrolled in a 5-year Gestalt psychotherapy training program, and recently completed her Master's in Music Therapy at Wilfrid Laurier University in 2018. In the past two years, Priya has worked in long-term care, hospice, and mental health settings with a diverse group of people, and developed a private practice, primarily working with adults with mental health-specific goals and challenges.  In her practice, she works with clients to explore and process challenging emotions and experiences, develop coping skills and resources, build self-esteem and confidence, and foster relationships with music.


Panelist: Thyra Andrews

Thyra Andrews is the founder and president of a music therapy company in Ontario called New Song Music Therapy. Ms. Andrews company reaches to over 22 homes across the Greater Toronto Area, which includes Durham, Peel, and York municipalities, and currently works primarily with Long Term Care homes. Thyra went on to become a Certified Music Therapist (MTA), earning her Bachelor of Music Therapy (BMT) from the University of Windsor and her Masters degree of Arts (MA) from Concordia University. After years on the music therapy circuit, Thyra Andrews had a vision to create her own music therapy model whereby harnessing the power of music therapy and combining it with talk therapy particularly specializing in our senior population. It was an innovative psychotherapeutic idea and she went for it, soon becoming one of the leading music therapy companies in the province. Her programs create emotional support as well as activity by way of instrumental and vocal participation all the while including psychotherapy to compliment her design. The outcome of Ms. Andrews practicing model is that it alleviates isolation, provides emotional support and increases social interaction, and in the end, finding healthy ways to cope with residents in long term care.

Thyra Andrews is currently a member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists as a Registered Psychotherapist. Thyra believes that music therapy is a powerful way for people to connect with their deepest emotions and in the right hands; it allows her to reach people that are unreachable.

Panelist: Mackenzie Costron

My journey is shaped through work as a Certified Music Therapist (MTA) and Registered Counselling Therapist (RCT) where I use music and storytelling to bring hope, love and light into people’s lives. I am also grateful to be the Owner and Founder of Find Your Voice Music Therapy with locations in Katarokwi/ Kingston, Ontario and K’jipuktuk/ Halifax, Nova Scotia. Here I work with a team of heart-centered therapists where we strive to unite in love, hold safe space, and empower community.

I am beyond grateful to be in loving service as Co-Founder of Costron + Co alongside Jacquie Costron. If the last name and resemblance didn’t give any clues… yes, outside of business hours I call Jacquie mom. It’s privilege to work alongside her as well as my dad, Richard, serving as Costron + Co’s Business Manager. It’s a family affair here at Costron + Co!

My training as a Licensed Heart Centered Facilitator and Fire Starter Sessions Facilitator, through Danielle Laporte, informs my work as I am in connection with you. I am passionate about supporting you through the development of your therapeutic, creative, health, wellness business. To shine your beautiful light and share your gifts with community. As you take the next step forward in returning to your heart, deciding how you want to feel, and creating a business with intention… I am here in grace, trust, and play.

Panelist: Mary Parkinson

Mary manages all areas of Wellington Music Therapy, and loves developing new programs, advocating for the profession, and problem solving with team members to ensure the best possible Music Therapy & Community Music programs and services for our clients. Mary’s current clinical work focuses on Older Adults Living in Long-Term Care settings, and early intervention / early childhood music education. Her passion for the field stems from a strong belief that music is innately healthy, and her dream is that a music therapist is part of every health care team and community support team.

SISC Awards

Nominations due by October 15, 2020

Student Recognition Award 

The MTAO Student Recognition award is granted to a student in a music therapy undergraduate program who has demonstrated outstanding dedication and leadership. 

How to nominate:

  • Two letters of reference (at least one from a faculty member):

    • How has the nominee gone beyond their regular responsibilities to demonstrate their dedication to the program and/or the field of music therapy?

    • What actions make this individual stand out as a leader?

  • Email education.mtao@gmail.com 

Intern Recognition Award

The MTAO Intern Recognition Award is granted to a music therapy intern who has been recognized by a supervisor for going above and beyond during their internship placement. 

How to nominate:

  • One letter of reference: 

    • How has the nominee shown dedication to learning and growth throughout their internship?

    • In what ways has this individual exceeded your expectations through the course of their internship?

  • Email education.mtao@gmail.com 

Supervisor Recognition Award

The MTAO Supervisor Recognition Award is granted to a supervisor as recognized by their intern(s) or peers for exemplary dedication to their role as a supervisor.  

How to nominate:

  • One letter of reference:

    • How has the nominee demonstrated dedication to the role of supervisor?

    • What do you find inspiring about this individual as a supervisor?

  • Email education.mtao@gmail.com 

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