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Loyola celebrates music therapy program's 55th anniversary with new workshop

January 27, 2012

Loyola University New Orleans’ Montage Fine and Performing Arts Series presents Russell Hilliard, Ph.D., M.T.-B.C., L.P.C., L.C.A.T., in a workshop, “Hospice and Palliative Care Music Therapy,” on Saturday, Feb. 4 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the J. Edgar and Louise S. Monroe Library. Sponsored by Loyola’s music therapy program, the workshop is part of the Montage Series and is free and open to music therapists, allied health professionals and students from Louisiana and the Gulf Coast region. Continuing education credits will be awarded to professional participants.

Hilliard, a noted expert on music therapy, is the vice president of operations for Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care, a nationally-based hospice company with an ongoing mission to find creative solutions that add quality to end-of-life care. He is also the founding director of the Center for Music Therapy in End of Life Care, which provides training opportunities for professional and student music therapists, social workers and nurses.

A widely published author on music therapy, Hilliard is the author of the book “Hospice and Palliative Care Music Therapy: A Guide to Program Development and Clinical Care,” and his research has been featured in a variety of scholarly journals including the Journal of Palliative Care, Journal of Music Therapy, Journal of the Society of Integrative Oncology and Music Therapy Perspectives, among others.

Music therapy, the clinical and evidence-based use of creating, singing, moving to or listening to music within a therapeutic relationship, can be employed to treat a wide range of individuals, from those suffering from developmental disabilities and autism to older adults and patients with Alzheimer’s disease.

Loyola's music therapy program, founded in 1957, is one of the oldest in the United States and is an approved program of the American Music Therapy Association. The curriculum provides students the opportunity to work as therapists-in-training while focusing on music therapy and research.

For more information, contact Jess Brown in Loyola’s Office of Public Affairs at jlbrown@loyno.edu or call 504-861-5882.

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