This year's PDS is shaping up to be the most exciting yet with lots of practical workshops covering many aspects of practice. We will be offering streams for both experienced and newer therapists, in order to give you up to date and relevant information whatever stage of practice you are in. With presenters on a wide range of topics including Self-care, Technology, Business development and Professional Skills there promises to be something for all. Throughout the day, networking over coffee, on couches and with experienced clinicians will give you more knowledge to build your practice regardless of where you are working at present. We can't wait to see you there.

To register for this year's PDS please see the registration page.

Outline of programme - Subject to change

Experienced Clinician Stream 7+ Years Experience New Clinician Stream Up to 7 Years Experience
Welcome and Music
Session 1

Rediscovery of creative self – Creative Arts Therapies -

Liz Wilson – Art Therapist & Amanda Musicka-Williams -Dramatherapist

Rediscovery of creative self - The Voice and using it well.

Max McConnell

Self-care as Professional Nourishment

Meg Steele - Music Therapist

Clinical Networking Couch Space – Early Intervention/ Children/Rural

Host – Simone Reeder

Morning Tea
Session 2

Self-care as Professional Nourishment

Meg Steele - Music Therapist

Supervision space - Why, How and Where?

Paul Spurr and Chris Cairns

Jarmal Richard – Lawyer

Legalities around Private Practice

Clinical Networking Couch Space – NDIS/Disability

Host – Megan Dalmazzo

Session 3
Business & Employment Expo
Lawyer, accountant, mentor, business sharing space
MT Business Owner - Vicky Abad, MT Clinical Employer - Beth Dunn
Music/Visual Arts Space – Benji Miu
Session 4

Exploring what we bring to our improvising in music therapy

Nicky Haire Music Therapist

If possible please bring your primary instrument to this workshop.

Old Meets New

Exploring sensory Technology – Benji Miu

Finding your creative self visually, beating the inner critic!

Practical Visual art workshop

Quince Frances

Clinical Networking Couch Space – Mental Health

Host – Dr Jennifer Bibb

Session 5

Updating your argument for music therapy

Dr Helen Shoemark

Developing a marketing plan for your private practice – easy tips & tricks to get clients and keep them.

Jacinta Calabro RMT

Where to next? Experienced Music Therapists share their career journey.

Dr Daphne Rickson and Bronte Arns

Clinical Networking Couch Space – Elder Care

Host – Zara Thompson

Afternoon Tea
Session 6
Music Therapy Speed Dating and Discussion
4:30pm – 5pm
Farewells and Home Time
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      • Key Dates

      • Early Bird Registration 20 July 2019 – Friday 20 September 2019
      • Drum Power Workshops Wednesday 27 November & Thursday 28 November 2019
      • AMTA2019 Conference Friday 29 November 2019 & Saturday 30 November 2019
      • Professional Development Seminar Sunday 1 December 2019