Whitehead_Pleaux HSMusic therapists regularly interact with individuals and communities who are in some way in the minority. Whether due to disability, circumstance, or some other reason, it’s part of our professional and ethical responsibility to be informed about and sensitive to the needs of these communities. In this 58th episode of the Music Therapy Round Table podcast, we are excited to chat with Annette Whitehead-Pleaux, one of the music therapists who spearheaded the development of best practice standards related to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (or LGBTQ) community.

Having worked in music therapy for over 20 years, Annette Whitehead-Pleaux currently teaches at  St. Mary-of-The-Woods College and works with pediatric burn patients at Shriners Hospitals for Children-Boston.  There she provides clinical services that focus on pain management, anxiety management, reduction in trauma symptoms, body image, improving fine and gross motor skills, and quality of life issues.

Annette has conducted a variety of clinical research on the effects of music therapy on pain and anxiety. She has also written about using music assisted technology into music therapy practice and multicultural issues. She is very active in the American Music Therapy Association as the current Speaker of the Assembly of Delegate, co-chair of the Standards of Clinical Practice Committee, a member of the Financial Approval Committee, a member of the Music Therapy Perspectives Editorial Board, and on several work groups.  She has a passion for knitting and being a mom.

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MT in 3: Rachel See, MA, MT-BC

by MTRT on August 15, 2014

A Moment With Music Therapy Clinician and Online Business Owner,

Rachel See

Rachel See HSRachel is a board-certified music therapist with a B.A. in Communication Disorders from Truman State University and a M.A. in Music Therapy from the University of Iowa. With over 25 years  of both piano and violin experience, she found that her musical background, paired with a love for serving others, made being a Music Therapist a dream job that she looks forward to each day.

She has extensive experience using music therapy with children, young adults, and adults with communication disorders, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and those diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  On the side, Rachel enjoys all things design, as well as developing and creating ebooks such as, “Children’s Songs for Therapy”, and, “Listen, Sing, Speak!”.

Rachel currently resides in St. Louis, MO, where she is a full-time music therapist with the Special School District of St. Louis County.  In her spare time, she creates websites, manage Music Therapy Mailings, and work alongside Michelle Erfurt on MusicTherapyEbooks.com.  Rachel is also the founder and past owner of Music Therapy Services of Austin, LLC.

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MT in 3: Bonnie Hayhurst, MT-BC

August 6, 2014

A Moment With Music Therapy Clinician and Blogger, Bonnie Hayhurst Bonnie Hayhurst, MT-BC is a board certified music therapist and certified neurologic music therapist.  When she isn’t providing music therapy services to children, teens and adults through her private practice, The Groovy Garfoose, you can find Bonnie online sharing her love for technology on her […]

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Episode 57: How to be a Positive Presence Online

August 5, 2014

Many times before we meet a colleague, prospective client, potential employer or employee face-to-face, it is our online persona they get to know first. Whether it be through LinkedIn, a personal or business website or Facebook page, a blog, podcast or other digital medium, we are representing ourselves with every sentence we write, photo we […]

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MT in 3: Roia Rafieyan, MA, MT-BC

July 27, 2014

A Moment With Music Therapy Clinician, Roia Rafieyan Roia Rafieyan is a music therapist in her 26th year of service. She uses a relationally-based music psychotherapy approach in her practice and works primarily with adults diagnosed with autism. Roia candidly shares her clinical experiences in her blog “the mindful music therapist”. She provides professional clinical […]

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MT in 3: Mallory Even, MT-BC

July 15, 2014

A Moment With Music Therapy Private Practice Owner, Mallory Even Mallory Even, MT-BC is the owner of Metro Music Therapy, a private practice that serves the metro Atlanta and Orlando areas. She is the creator of MMT Academy and provides face-to-face instruction to music therapists on various professional topics. Mallory also provides customizable marketing materials […]

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