Beyond Words: Experiencing the Power of Music to Help Health Trauma

Beyond Words: Experiencing the Power of Music to Help Heal Trauma, Matt McGaughey

Attendees will build on the basics of the 6R’s of Effective Therapeutic Interventions (from Session 1) to learn more about how these strategies naturally fit into the Expressive Arts, specifically with a range of music programs. Additional case studies and programs highlighting this will be shared. Much of this session will be hands on, with participants engaging in a music making session (drumming, songwriting, rhythm games) to better illustrate how to use the power of music to provide trauma informed interventions.

Attendees will be able to apply:

  • Techniques to effectively use music and rhythm with clients.
  • Their first-hand experience of trauma-informed music and rhythm interventions and process the creative experience with others.
  • The 6R’s of Effective Therapeutic Interventions to a creative music experience

Matt McGaughey is Great Circle’s director of expressive arts, collaborating with educators and clinicians to incorporate arts programming into therapeutic strategies as part of Great Circle’s trauma-sensitive environment. He has more than 10 years working in assisted living and hospice provider settings in both administrative and programmatic capacities. While a professional actor and educator in Chicago, he implemented arts education programs in the public schools, and in St. Louis, acted with the Imaginary Theater Company and was active in the local music scene. McGaughey has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in theater from Webster University.

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