Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Board Certified Music Therapist Ashlee Carder Speaks to Local BPW Club

Board Certified Music Therapist Ashlee Carder leading a
demonstration of music therapy before Greenville BPW members.
Greenville, OH. Ashlee Carder was the featured speaker for the Greenville Business & Professional Women’s (BPW) Club monthly meeting on November 12th. The Individual Development Program Committee hosted the meeting that was held at the Brethren Retirement Center. The IDP committee consisted of Jane Carroll, Brenda Miller, and Marilyn Emmons.

Ashlee is a Board Certified Music Therapist with State of the Heart Hospice where she started in 2014. Ashlee studied music therapy at Ohio University for four years, completed a six month internship at State of the Heart Hospice, and took the board certification exam in 2014.

Carder informed the group that music therapy began in the 1940’s with the soldiers coming home from World War II with post-traumatic stress disorder. It was found that music helped with quicker recovery; thus started ‘music therapy’. Carder spoke of the different conditions that she helps treat with music including stroke patients, those with asthma, dementia, pain management, and children with autism. All patients receiving hospice care are offered music therapy. Music encourages social stimulation and is also used for wellness and can be calming and relaxing. Ashlee is a Grief Support Specialist and helps the family deal with grief through support and counseling even after the death of the patient. She has helped patients write songs about their families and also the surviving families write songs about their lost loved ones.

The Greenville BPW Club’s mission is to achieve equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education, and information. The Club holds fund raisers throughout the year to raise money to grant scholarships to the young women of Darke County. The Club meets the second Thursday of every month for a dinner meeting. Those interested in learning more about the club can contact Membership Chair Brenda Miller at 937/996-1741 or brenda@newmadisonpubliclibrary.org.

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