Elder Voices Conference

Diversity and Intersectionality in Older Adults: Creating Spaces to Empower Elder Voices 
 (7 CMTEs/LCATs CE credits)

Saturday, March 28, 2020,  from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
(please note date change from original November 2 date)
Presenters: Liisa Murray and Olivia Cohen
Larini Room, Public Square Molloy College, NY 

Conference Description
Entering an institutionalized facility as an older adult can feel disempowering for many people. Music therapists are uniquely poised to create groups to ease that transition, and help build and support vibrant communities within long term care. Through our work, we can provide opportunities to honor the complex experience of aging and strengthen clients as they work through Erickson's stages of integrity versus despair. One way to engage in this work is to look deeper at the different social identities of older adults. This workshop will explore new ways of looking at work with older adults and specifically working within long-term care that revitalize practice both for therapists and clients alike. This music-rich workshop will explore intersectionality, diversity, and bias, and highlight the importance of creating spaces for client‐directed groups to support older adults' voices. Therapists will share examples and lead participants through experientials of their work with women's group, glee club and the creation of an LGBT and allies group in a long term care facility.

A continental breakfast and a buffet lunch will be provided and are included in your tuition.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will define intersectionality and bias and 4 ways it is experienced by adults in institutionalized living.

Participants will learn 3 age and culturally informed interventions to empower older adults voices.

Participants will learn 2 models of group creation to support older adults individual identities.

Participants will engage in at least 3 experientials to of interventions for supporting older adults identities and community building.

Participants will identify 3 unique challenges of LGBT older adults in institutionalized living.

Participants will identify current trends in research related to older adults in forensics settings, mental health settings, in-patient medical settings. (IV A.)

Participants will utilize findings from the research to develop clinical interventions for older adults in the community and facility-based settings. (II. A. 5, I. D. 10, 16)

Attendees will participate in aging-related clinical interventions developed from theories and research. (II. A. 3, 4 5, I. D. 10, 26)

Olivia Cohen, MS, MT-BC, LCAT,
graduated from Molloy College with a master's in music therapy and is the Assistant Director of the Therapeutic Arts and Enrichment Programs Department at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale. She has previous experience working with individuals across the lifespans, from pediatrics to individuals with special needs and older adults. During her time working in long term care, her groups in music therapy specialized in geriatrics, individuals with dementia, and intergenerational groups. In her current administrative role, Olivia's focus is on working with other professionals to expand the view of aging and advocating for creative arts therapies in eldercare. Olivia has presented at regional music therapy conferences and the national Leading Age Expo. Her work with geriatrics has been featured in publications such as The New York Times, Huffington Post, Chasing News, and Aging Today. Recently, Olivia has co-written a chapter in Creative Arts Therapies and the LGBTQ Community on her work co-leading an LGBT & Allies group in a nursing home.

Liisa Murray
, MS, MT‐BC, LCAT, is a music therapist and supervisor in the Therapeutic Arts and Enrichment Programs department at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale in New York. Currently Liisa is focusing on empowering marginalized groups within geriatric care in her work pioneering an LGBT and allies group, for which she has co-written a chapter in Creative Arts Therapies and the LGBTQ Community. She also runs workshops and individual sessions utilizing singing as a form of wellness, as well as providing individual music psychotherapy in her private practice, with a focus on LGBTQ+, older adults, and women living in larger bodies. Her work has been highlighted in The New York Times, Huffington Post and Time Out New York, and she has presented at several professional conferences.

9:00 a.m.-10 a.m .     Opening Music and Introductions, Course Overview and background on group work with older adults, Challenges for older adults
10:00 a.m.-11 a.m.     Older Adults work informed by Trauma, Grief, Memory Support, Mental Health, Introduction to Intersectionality and Bias and Using the "lens"-         
11:00-11:15 a.m.     Break   
11:00 a.m.-12 p.m.     Voice, Human Identity and Dignity, Group Creation and Examples, Creating an LGBT and Allies Group
12:30 p.m.-1:00 p.m.     Lunch         
1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.     Creating Interventions for Older Adults, Anthem Writing and Song Choice, Dementia and Group Work         
2:00-2:15 p.m.     Break         
2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.     Participants do small group work creating interventions and presentations   
3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.     Professional Grief in working with older adults, questions and resource sharing
Continuing Education Credit
Music Therapy: CMTE
This conference is approved by the Certification Board for Music Therapists, approval number: P-102, to award 7 Continuing Music Therapy Education Synchronous (in-person) Opportunities. The Provider maintains responsibility for program quality and adherence to CBMT Policies and Criteria for Continuing Music Therapy Education.

NYS Licensed Creative Arts Therapists: LCAT
Molloy College is an approved provider for CE credit from NY State for Licensed Creative Arts Therapists: approval number CAT-0015. This program is offered for 7 hours of CEU credit for Licensed Creative Arts Therapists.

CTLE Credit (Teachers and Education Professionals)
This conference is approved for 7 hours of Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE). 

Online registration is available by clicking here. Please note that if you are registering online, after you enter your charge card information you should click "Continue to Checkout" just once. It can take up to a minute or two for the charge to be processed. If you click more than once the system will void the registration and you will need to call the CE Office at 516-323-3550 to register.

Phone-in registration is available by calling 516.323.3550 with your MasterCard, Discover or Visa. To register in person, by fax or mail, please click here to download a registration form.

Tuition Rates:
Regular Registration- through March 6: $115
Late Registration- March 7-27:  $125
After March 27 or at the door:  $135
Molloy Full-Time Students, (Please use your Molloy email address when registering): $15
Non-Molloy Students (provide copy of student ID at check-in): $60
Molloy Faculty and Staff (Please use your Molloy email address when registering): No Charge
Molloy Alumni: 25% discount

Registration is limited. In-person registration the day of the conference is on a space available basis and cannot be guaranteed.
Refund Policy:  You may withdraw from the conference for a full refund up until March 20. No refunds are permitted after that date. However, substitutions can be made up until the day of the conference.

The conference will be given in the Larini Room (Room 290A) on the second floor of the Public Square Building on Molloy's Rockville Centre campus located at 1000 Hempstead Ave, Rockville Centre, NY, 11571. Travel directions will be sent with your confirmation, but can also be downloaded by clicking here.

If you should need hotel arrangements, please click here for a list of area hotels or call 516.323.3550.

Conference Brochure
The conference brochure will be mailed in January 2020. To be placed on our mailing list or to be mailed a brochure, please contact Ramona Ali, Assistant to the Director, Summer Sessions and Conference Services by email at: rali@molloy.edu or by phone at:516.323.3553.

Questions regarding registration?
Email: conted@molloy.edu
Phone: 516.323.3550

The following are some links about our Music Therapy program that you may find interesting:
Video on Molloy's Graduate Music Therapy Program https://vimeo.com/90795256
Twitter Account for Molloy's Graduate Music Therapy Program https://twitter.com/MusicMolloy
Facebook Page for Molloy's Graduate Music Therapy Program https://www.facebook.com/Graduate-Music-Therapy-at-Molloy-College-101924705247/