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Check Out The Episode! In this episode, Mika discusses her journey to becoming an art therapist, her creative endeavors using nature within therapy, and her current blossoming private practice in New York State. She talks about thinking outside of the box as a therapist and the importance of grounding in the body. Take a listen … Continue reading Episode #4- Mika McLane, MPC, ATR, LCAT, CCLS
Check Out The Episode! Welcome to the first minisode! In this short episode, I discuss the Tuesday Top Five: Elements of Notes. You can find this on my blog as well here. I dive into why I created this simple method for taking notes and give some examples of what this looks like. This has helped … Continue reading Minisode #1- TT5: Elements of Notes!
THE THEORY (I'll do my best to keep it interesting!) Tracking is one of biggest aspects that I try to keep in the forefront of my mind when using play therapy techniques in music therapy. My goal is to be sort of a "narrator" and reflect the content of what the client is doing with … Continue reading Tracking in Child-Centered Music Therapy, Post #2
Again Target. You've done it again. I've had this dice for quite some time but am just starting to unlock it's potential. It's a dry erase die with 12 cards that are interchangeable on the face of each side. Although it's not the most sturdy, it sure is fun! Here are some of the way's … Continue reading Big. Foam. Dice.
Okay, let's dig into it. Process Notes. Charting. Progress Notes. DAP. SOAP. Yatta. Yatta. Yatta. They are called a lot of things and they really are very important. Often, your job dictates how they are to be completed and in what format as well. Keeping notes for sessions is not only an ethical standard of … Continue reading Tuesday Top 5 (TT5): Elements of Notes
I LOVE THIS APP. Seriously, I love this app. Someone had posted about this app somewhere online and I can't find the blog that I originally found it on. Thank you kind stranger! There have been so many interventions that have spawned out of this app. I originally started to use it for a feelings … Continue reading “Spinner App” Intervention Ideas
I have an amazing sister-in-law who is a pro at finding old folk songbooks at Goodwills, Estate Sales, and sometimes even in those Little Free Libraries (I love those things!) These have been my go-to resources for finding new song material as most of them span a wide range of cultures and styles. One of … Continue reading Yay! Sheet Music! Now How Do I Make It An Intervention?
This is an intervention that was inspired by a few things. A client that I was working with had just gone on vacation to a lovely warm beach. I decided for her next session we would do a "reminiscing" intervention of beach time. Also, how can you not feel good after singing calypso, dreaming of … Continue reading Multi-Sensory Intervention- Summer Theme!
This is something that was talked about a lot in my training and even more so in my internship. In my internship, I worked with many students who were very limited in their responses to their environment due to communication, physical, and other deficits. Many children that this applies to have multiple disabilities, may not … Continue reading Always Assume Competence