Calsey Schroeder - Music Therapist
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The workshops originated as a response to the COVID-19 Pandemic and the emerging challenge of burnout in health care providers. The aim of the workshop is to create a space for individuals within helping professions to explore and recognize burnout through creative art techniques within an interdisciplinary framework. The workshop employs a collaborative approach between music therapy, psychology and occupational therapy and is divided into three main categories: Ethics, Coping Strategies and Sleep. These are further explored through interventions such as drum circles, Adapted Guided Imagery and Music (GIM), free writing, symbolism and clay work. Participants recognize burnout and learn self care techniques to combat the effects of burnout on their personal well-being and work performance. Through creative processing techniques positive processing responses are obtained and participants share meaningfully. Positive group dynamics are obtained in which to participate, explore and grow. Music and other arts processing techniques are used successfully in helping individuals with burnout and offering helpful self care and sleep guidelines, as well as support groups to be introduced for ongoing support in coping with burnout.