Recorded Webinar with Crystal Weaver: Establishing Music Therapy as a Medical Model that Benefits Cancer Patients
Recorded on Thursday, December 14, 2017
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Watch the recorded webinar to hear Crystal Weaver, senior music therapist at the Saint Louis University Cancer Center, address the concept of music therapy in the medical model and provide insightful information regarding the benefits of music therapy for individuals diagnosed with fluid cancers throughout the treatment process.
The idea of music as a healing influence that could affect health and behavior is as least as old as the writings of Aristotle and Plato. However, the music therapy profession formally began in the 20th century after World War II, when musicians of all types visited veterans’ hospitals to play for the thousands suffering trauma from the wars. Since the establishment of music therapy, the profession has expanded beyond veterans’ hospitals. The American Music Therapy Association now defines music therapy as an established health profession in which music is used within a therapeutic relationship to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals.
This webinar explores the concept of music therapy in the medical model and provide insightful information regarding the benefits of music therapy for individuals diagnosed with fluid cancers throughout the treatment process. Real-world examples will be provided by a board-certified music therapist with more than 14 years of experience providing individual music therapy services to individuals diagnosed with leukemia, lymphoma, and multiple myeloma. Examples allow attendees to understand how music therapy services can increase patient satisfaction while also addressing emotional, social, spiritual, and physical issues associated with treatment.
You will learn:
- How to define music therapy in the medical model
- About common music therapy goals and interventions utilized for individuals diagnosed with fluid cancers
- About common misconceptions of music therapy in the medical model
- How to effectively partner with board-certified music therapists to address medical issues
- The educational and certification requirements to practice music therapy in the medical model
Crystal Weaver, MA, PLPC, CRC, MT-BC, discusses the history of music therapy, therapeutic benefits and common misconceptions, as well as highlights ways cancer patients can benefit from music therapy during their treatment process.
As the senior music therapist at the Saint Louis University Cancer Center, Crystal Weaver, MA, PLPC, CRC, MT-BC, fosters partnerships with the Saint Louis Symphony and the Saint Louis University School of Medicine’s Musicians in Medicine program. Her efforts enable musical performances, by both professional and amateur musicians, for patients receiving chemotherapy treatments in the infusion center and the Center for Outpatient Blood and Marrow Transplantation. These performances help patients receive appropriate sensory stimulation during long treatments and allow patients to receive treatment in a comforting, relaxing environment.
In addition to her responsibilities at the Saint Louis University Cancer Center, Weaver is an adjunct faculty member at Maryville University, where she teaches courses in both the graduate music therapy program and the graduate rehabilitation counseling program. These classes include music neuroscience, ethical and legal issues in music therapy, psychiatric rehabilitation, and counseling issues.
Crystal is a board-certified music therapist and a certified rehabilitation counselor who holds a provisional license in the state of Missouri as a professional counselor. She graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in music therapy in 2004 and earned a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling in 2010 from Maryville University in Saint Louis, Missouri. She’s currently pursuing a second master’s in health administration at Saint Louis University.
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