MUSIC AND WELLNESS: Let's Get into the Groove

This seminar, comprised of 4 sessions, is experiential in design where participants are processed to explore and be in touch with their innate creativity, specifically their innate musicality. Participants will go through various music activities with other expressive arts modalities to engage them to express themselves. This allows the participants the experience of considering music as a therapeutic intervention and as a source of relaxation. Moreover, a sharing of the therapist's experince where music and the arts have been applied in therapy will be presented.

The seminar is open to educators, students, parents and everyone interested in music therapy. The number of participants is limited to 24 to preserve the quality of engagement. It is recommended that participants come in comfortable clothes.

*This seminar is part of the Music, Mind and Body initiative of the UP College of Music

Marisa V. Marin is a registered psychologist who has used music, play and other expressive arts modalities in her therapy practice for almost two decades. She took her BA Psychology at The Catholic University of America and later on pursued her MA Psychology, focus on Child and Family Development at the Ateneo de Manila University. Recently, she earned a certificate for postgraduate studies in Expressive Arts Therapy, Education & Consulting in the European Graduate School in Switzerland where she hopes to finish her doctorate studies. Her passion to serve, enjoy playing and music making started with the cancer patients in Children’s Medical Center (Dr. Fe del Mundo General Hospital) and was part of the team of psychologists in MLAC Institute of Psychosocial Services, Inc. Presently, she is a practitioner of music therapy in CRIBS-New Beginning Foundation where she handles abandoned and abused children. She also provides music therapy for the aging priest of the Jesuit Infirmary inside the Ateneo Loyola Campus. She is part of the MAGIS team in The Learning Child School, Ayala Alabang where she offers expressive arts therapy for all ages.

She is a founding board member and past president of the Philippine Association of Child and Play Therapy (Philplay). She is a Certified Specialist in Clinical Psychology and an associate member of the Psychological Association of the Philippines. She was a past member of the American Music Therapy Association.

In 2012, she had the opportunity to talk about her music therapy practice in Sookmyung Women's University, Seoul, Korea where she was invited to represent the Philippines among other countries. She also contributed to the 2014 Music and Medicine Journal, Southeast Asian edition an International Online Journal with an article, Exploring Therapeutic Songwriting for Filipino Children with Leukemia. And she also wrote a chapter, Music, You and the Adolescent to Joey Ayala's Palay, Kanin, Bigas Sourcebook. She got an excellent mark in defending her MA thesis, entitled, Exploring the Use of Music Therapy for Filipino Children with Autism. This thesis is condensed and is in the Philippine Journal of Psychology (PJP) December 2004 issue.

Due mostly to her advocacy of music therapy and service to the Filipino children, she has received the TripleA (Amazing Alumni Achiever) award of the Maryknoll/Miriam College in 2011.

In any given chance, she would still like to spread her mission and passion of using music, play and other expressive arts modalities in having therapeutic connections with people. And hope to build a therapeutic community where music, play and the arts are the source of expression and healing.

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