In this episode, Shelby discusses how she utilizes song-writing, what music therapy looks like in a school system, her experience of burnout, and she shares a wonderful Halloween-themed intervention. Towards the end of the episode, she shares her experience with burnout as a young clinician and shares her passion for helping other young therapists know their worth as music therapists.

Shelby Dahlson is a Board-Certified Music Therapist at Holy Childhood in Rochester, NY. She primarily works with children in the K-12 school setting, providing IEP-based services. A graduate of Berklee College of Music, Shelby specializes in songwriting, and regularly uses original academic and social songs in her practice. When not rockin’ out with the cutest kiddos on the planet, she is taking an excessive amount of pictures of her perfect dog, playing Rummikub with her husband, and feeding her addiction to buying home decor.

Betsy King’s Songwriting Book, “Songwriting For Music Therapists”.

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