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Welcome to Creative Therapy Umbrella! This podcast is dedicated to helping therapists support the well-being and mental health of children through the creative arts. You will hear a variety of interviews with creative arts therapists, expressive therapists, and child specialists who focus on supporting infant and child mental health. Digging this content? There's a lot more in our monthly newsletter. Sign up here: https://www.creativetherapyumbrella.com/newsletter/

Creative Therapy Umbrella Kate Shannon

    • Social Sciences
    • 4.9, 27 Ratings

Welcome to Creative Therapy Umbrella! This podcast is dedicated to helping therapists support the well-being and mental health of children through the creative arts. You will hear a variety of interviews with creative arts therapists, expressive therapists, and child specialists who focus on supporting infant and child mental health. Digging this content? There's a lot more in our monthly newsletter. Sign up here: https://www.creativetherapyumbrella.com/newsletter/

    #48- Creativity & Resiliency with Kate!

    #48- Creativity & Resiliency with Kate!

    In this episode, I share with you about creativity as a resiliency factor for ourselves as therapists, for children, and for the larger community. As therapists, there is no better time to deepen our understanding of resiliency factors in children. The more resiliency factors a child has, the more likely they will thrive in the world, despite the challenges they may face. Creative resiliency is a factor that we can easily support in children and it has profound ripple effects. Children are naturally creative, and unfortunately, this skill is too often lost as children move into adulthood. I am super passionate about this topic (which you probably already know) so I hope you enjoy this episode and find it helpful for your practice!











    Kate is a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist, Board Certified Music Therapist, and is about to sit for her exam to become a Licensed Professional Counselor. She's spent her career supporting children with life-limiting medical diagnoses, mental health needs, and developmental differences through creative expression. Kate is passionate about the intersections between the creative arts modalities and helping therapists build creative resiliency in children. You can learn more about me here or check out my C.V. here!











    Free Creativity Guide (P.S. if you like this download, you will LOVE the course!)



    Informational download about the Cultivating Creative Resiliency Course



    Cultivating Creative Resiliency Course Product Page





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    • 25 min
    #47- Boundless Creativity with Martha Alderson, MA

    #47- Boundless Creativity with Martha Alderson, MA

    In this episode, Martha shares the catalyst for creating her book called Boundless Creativity. Before becoming an author, Martha spent time as a therapist working with children and has so much to offer in relation to enhancing your own creativity. Her book teaches you about the creative process by making a goal and learning about yourself along the way. Her perspective on how helpful blocks and struggles can be for the creative process is so wonderful and refreshing to hear. Check out her book and enjoy the episode!!



    MARTHA ALDERSON, MA is known as the Plot Whisperer for her best-selling The Plot Whisperer: Secrets of Story Structure Any Writer Can Master. She writes novels for readers, plot books for writers, and most recently Boundless Creativity: A Spiritual Workbook for Overcoming Self-Doubt, Emotional Traps, and Other Creative Blocks for anyone looking to enrich their lives with more creativity and inspiration. Her other books are Writing Blockbuster Plots and Writing Deep Scenes, The Plot Whisperer Workbook, The Plot Whisperer Book of Writing Prompts, as well as several ebooks. Her latest novel PARALLEL LIVES A 60’s Love Story is now available for pre-sale. She lives and writes in Santa Cruz. Learn more about Alderson on her website, and connect with her on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Youtube.



    Check out Martha's online courses here!



    The Plot Whisperer 



    Boundless Creativity - The workbook discussed throughout this episode



    Parallel Lives: A 60's Love Story  Martha's newest novel



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    Cultivating Creative Resiliency Course Information 



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    #46 – “My name is Mabel” with Mabel Ortiz, MM, MT-BC

    #46 – “My name is Mabel” with Mabel Ortiz, MM, MT-BC

    In this special episode, Mabel shares her story of becoming. Her journey to America, her experience with being the only Hispanic person in her cohort, and her path to finding her voice in the music therapy community.



    Mabel Ortiz, MM, MT-BC, a native of Puerto Rico, is a board-certified music therapist who obtained a master’s degree in Music Therapy from Florida State University and a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico. She has clinical experience working with adults and adolescents in substance abuse recovery and psychiatric settings, children with ADS, and individuals with Alzheimer’s disease/Dementia. Mabel specializes in grief work as a hospice & bereavement music therapist in Vero Beach, Florida. As a bilingual music therapist (English and Spanish), Mabel utilizes therapeutic interventions to address psychosocial needs and pain management goals of those facing the end-of-life journey & those who have experienced loss and major life transitions. Mabel is currently completing a master’s in clinical social work at Florida State University. As a cross-trained music therapist, she strives to continue to advocate and provide services to Latinx clients in the community, as well as education, support, and resources for music therapists working with this population.



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    • 29 min
    #45- Children’s Books, Long-Term Care, and Anti-Oppressive Practices in Therapy with Hayley Francis Cann, MTA

    #45- Children’s Books, Long-Term Care, and Anti-Oppressive Practices in Therapy with Hayley Francis Cann, MTA

    Hayley Cann, a music therapist, shares with us her many creative pursuits, including sharing about her work in geriatric care and working with children. Hayley talks about her book “Mandy’s Mom” which is about a music therapist (so cool!). She is the co-host of a podcast called “Able Voice” and they have released wonderful content since launching. Hayley also shares with us a recently created workbook called “Resources for Everyday Anti-Oppressive Practices". And after our interview, Hayley has created even more opportunities for music therapists and creative arts therapy teams/faculties to grow and learn. She now offers a specialized workshop for therapists targeting anti-oppressive practices in the creative therapy space. If you are interested in her workshops, you can contact her at mtahayley@gmail.com.

    Hayley Francis Cann, BMT, MTA, NMT currently provides music therapy services to Katarokwi/ Kingston, ON and Area in Canada. Throughout her life, Hayley enjoyed performing in various ensembles and choirs in the community and volunteering at hospitals and seniors homes. This lead her to pursue a career involving music and connecting with people in a meaningful way. She studied at Acadia University to obtain a Bachelor of Music Therapy (BMT). In this programme she received advanced training in piano, guitar, and voice, as well as saxophone as her principle instrument. In June 2017 Hayley became an accredited music therapist recognized by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) and the Canadian Association of Music Therapists (CAMT). In May 2018, Hayley became a recognized Neurologic Music Therapist (NMT) with The Academy of Neurologic Music Therapy specializing in music therapy approaches for rehabilitation. She has clinical experience with seniors including dementia and Alzheimer’s, individuals with developmental disabilities, and rehabilitation including stroke and acquired brain injury. Hayley is currently pursuing a Masters of Science in Aging and Health at Queen’s University to further explore the impact of the arts on aging process and collaborate with professionals in the healthcare industry on ways to promote wellbeing during the aging experience. Hayley recently authored and released a Children’s book about music therapy, called “Mandy’s Mom, The Music Therapist,” in hopes of creating a more accessible advocacy tool for our community. In everything she does, Hayley aims to provide an authentic experience that is respectful toward all people no matter their age, diagnosis, background, race, religion, or personal preferences.



    Cultivating Creativity Course!



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    Check out Hayley's website and blog!



    Hayley's book: Mandy's Mom the Music Therapist



    Able Voice Podcast: Episode 8: Identity



    Able Voice Podcast: Episode 7: "Music Therapy, Reiki, & Social Justice" with Daiva Paskauskas



    Download "Resources for Everyday Anti-Oppresive Practices"



    Hayley's Workshops for Anti-Oppresive Practices



    Uncomfortable Conversations With A Black Man



    Black Creative Healing Podcast



     



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    Cultivating Creative Resiliency Course Information 



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    • 53 min
    #44-Virtual Therapy, Creative Collaboration, and Resource Explosion with Noa Ferguson, MS, MT-BC

    #44-Virtual Therapy, Creative Collaboration, and Resource Explosion with Noa Ferguson, MS, MT-BC

    In this episode, Noa shares about Spectrum Creative Arts, a creative arts center based in Rochester NY. She shares the unique creative resources that the team has been publishing to Spectrum Press, their dedicated resource website for therapists. These resources are virtual and can supplement and inspire the work that creative arts therapists are doing in the field - songbooks, session ideas, interviews with other professionals, and many other creative resources. Noa dives into the specifics of their most recent creations, such as an E-songbook called "Songs for Social Distancing" full of songs to support students with their changes of COVID-19.



    Noa Ferguson is the Co-Founder and Director of Spectrum Creative Arts, an inclusive creative arts center offering arts education and therapies for diverse learners in Rochester, NY. Noa specializes in music therapy program development and interdisciplinary collaboration in K-12 special education settings. She is passionate about cultivating creativity and excellence in the field of music therapy, playing an active role in the mentorship of music therapy students, and practicing clinicians. Spectrum Creative Arts proudly employs 12 music therapists on its 20-person creative arts team and has channeled the intense creativity of its team into Spectrum Press: a collection of resources to support inspired work in music therapy and music education.



    Spectrum Creative Arts Website



    Wade Richards Episode



    Megan Resig's Episode



    Spectrum Press Website



    FREE E-book: Success through the screen 



    Social Distancing Songbook



    Virtual Toolkit for School-Based Music Therapists



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    Cultivating Creative Resiliency Course Information 



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    • 54 min
    #43-Supporting Gender Identity and Development With Linda Hawkins, Ph.D., MSEd, LPC

    #43-Supporting Gender Identity and Development With Linda Hawkins, Ph.D., MSEd, LPC

    NEW COVER ART! We have a new logo and you'll be seeing that reflecting more in our visuals! Also, I apologize if there was a delay with the episodes uploading this week-- we ran into some podcast hosting issues, but hopefully they are now fully resolved. Enjoy the show!



    In this episode, Linda teaches us about gender development and identity with children and young teens. With the recent rollbacks in Health Care Rights, new rules have erased explicit nondiscrimination protections for the LGBTQ community, and health care providers are being sent the message that they can deny care. Linda, Co-Director of the Gender & Sexuality Development Clinic and a family services specialist, not only gives us an overview of gender development and identity, but also discusses the important elements of supporting the LGBTQ community through direct client care as well as through systemic advocacy.  Linda shares helpful tips on openly discussing sexuality and gender with all children to support development in an open and safe space. Linda gives specific resources for therapists to utilize so that we can say updated with policy changes that may affect our clients. She also runs a wonderful training program that supports mental health providers in offering affirmative therapy & becoming a stronger advocate for Transgender, Gender Non-Conforming, Gender Expansive, and Non-Binary (TGNCNB) people.



    Linda A. Hawkins, PhD, MSEd, LPC, is at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. The Gender and Sexuality Development Clinic (GSD Clinic) offers psychosocial and medical support for gender variant, gender-expansive and transgender children and youth up to age 21 and their families. Linda has co-authored several studies and been granted numerous awards for her work and research.

    CHOP Gender Clinic: https://www.chop.edu/centers-programs/gender-and-sexuality-development-clinic

    Denver Gender Clinic: https://www.childrenscolorado.org/doctors-and-departments/departments/gender-diversity-center/

    NCTE: https://transequality.org/

    Linda's Training Program: https://www.widener.edu/academics/graduate-studies/affirmative-therapy-transgender-communities

    Gender Spectrum (organization & conference): https://genderspectrum.org/

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    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 Ratings

Jaycie Voorhees ,

Smooth and engaging

Kate is such an engaging speaker and a skilled interviewer. I feel like I could listen to her for hours! It was such a joy being a guest on this podcast, and I absolutely love listening to the wide variety of episodes. I highly recommend this one for any creative arts therapists!

Hayley Francis Cann ,

Awesome Experience

Kate, you are so down to earth and easy to talk to. It was wonderful being a guest on your podcast and I would highly recommend this experience to anyone curious about sharing their story.🧡

Joy Kaminski ,

Creative Therapy Umbrella

This is a fantastic resource! Thank you Kate for keeping these important conversations coming!

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