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The 5th Annual Expressive Therapies Summit

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Saturday, November 8 • 11:40am - 1:00pm
Sound Stories & Songs: INSPIRE-ing At-Risk Youth and Young Adults

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Without a sense of home—while growing up in shelters, or living in day centers—basic developmental tasks (attachment, self esteem, identity) are easily challenged. In the music room, homeless and at-risk youth find a space to freely and safely explore their own connection to the world — a place where they can hear and be heard. Sound Stories, a mode of intervention the presenters adapted for children from Musical Psychodrama (Moreno) integrates mixed modalities including: role play, narratives, sound illustration, improvised songs, and recording. Additionally they developed song writing and recording approaches with adolescents and young adults that culminated in the compilation project named INSPIRE. Through it, each young participant was paired with a professional musician from the local scene to compose, perform, and a record a song together. In this paper, these and related themes will be illustrated by vignettes from clinical cases as well as audio examples.


Julie Migner Laurin, PsyD (c), MPs, BMus

Julie Migner Laurin, PsyD(c), MPs, BMus, is a musician, music therapist and certified psychologist. She works as an assistant teacher at Université du Québec-Montréal and her current doctoral research explores the philosophical roots of interpretation in music psychotherapy. Julie holds a private practice in music psychotherapy and clinical psychology for adults and works as a music therapist in geriatric care. Her experience... Read More →

Julien Peyrin, MTA, BPsy, BMus

Julien Peyrin, MTA, BPsy, BMus, studied music therapy at Université Paul Valéry (Montpellier, France) and UQAM (Montreal, Quebec). He worked for the Lapeyronie Hospital (Montpellier) in the rheumatology department for chronic pain. Since 2008, Julien has been practicing music therapy with children and young adults in vulnerable situations in the Montreal community organization, Dans La Rue, as well as for the Montreal Youth Center.

Saturday November 8, 2014 11:40am - 1:00pm
Executive Conference Center 1601 Broadway, New York, NY