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Friends explore healing power of music

Provided to the TribuneMusic therapist Colleen Egan Klym conducts a session with children at Kindertown Preschool. She will present a program for Compassionate Friends at 7 p.m. Jan. 14.

Compassionate Friends will meet from 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 14 in the lounge at the South Lake Tahoe Senior Center, 3150 Lake Tahoe Blvd.

The program will be a presentation on “How Music Therapy Can Help With the Process of Grief” by Colleen Egan Klym, music therapist at Mountain Music Therapy. Klym has a degree in music therapy from the University of Dayton, did a six-month internship at a residence home for children and adolescents and was certified as a music therapist by the American Music Therapy Association. In the future she would like to do a program for children who are bereaved.

Music therapy is the use of music in the accomplishment of these therapeutic aims: the restoration, maintenance and improvement of mental and physical health. It is the systematic application of music, as directed by the music therapist in a therapeutic environment, to bring about desirable changes in behavior. Such changes enable the individual undergoing therapy to experience a greater understanding of himself and the world around him, thereby achieving a more appropriate adjustment to society. As a member of a therapeutic team, the professional music therapist participates in the analysis of individual problems and in the projection of general treatment aims before carrying on specific musical activities. Periodic evaluations are made to determine the effectiveness of procedures employed.

Music therapy can be used with all populations including, but not limited to, children and adults with autism, down syndrome, cerebral palsy, emotional and behavioral disorders, ADHS, ADD, developmental delays, at-risk youth, victims of domestic violence, people with drug and alcohol addictions, hospice patients, people who need pain management including women in labor, seniors with and without a form of dementia and adults and children dealing with the loss of a loved one.

The purpose of Compassionate Friends is to assist families toward the positive resolution of grief following the death of a child of any age and to provide information to help others be supportive. The following Compassionate Friends are glad to answer questions and are available as a resource in times of crisis. Dealing with the death of an older child, Corrine Ehler (530) 544-1217; infant death of SIDS, Alice Busenlehner (530) 541-2425; and drug overdose, Bonnie Oliver (530) 544-5522.

Compassionate Friends meets at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at the Senior Center. For more information and to receive a bimonthly newsletter call the group leader, Deborah Woodruff, at (530) 541-5587.

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