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Each One Counts Foundation Sponsors IMNF’s 2015 Summer Institute

Workshop to Explore Therapeutic Applications of Music in Pediatric Pain Management

Bronx, New York – The Institute for Music and Neurologic Function, a member of CenterLight Health System, will offer a two-day workshop to enhance and increase the therapeutic applications of music in pediatric pain management. Presented July 13 -14, the symposium is made possible by a generous, $10,000 grant by Each One Counts Foundation, an organization dedicated to providing complementary pain management therapies for children.

“We are grateful to Each One Counts for providing us with the opportunity to share this crucially  important work,” said Dr. Concetta Tomaino, Executive Director of The Institute for Music and Neurologic Function. “It’s a privilege to help advance the foundation’s mission of providing care, relief and comfort to children in need.”

According to Brian Harrington, Founder and Executive Director of Each One Counts Foundation, “Understanding and treating pediatric pain can be challenging. Although there are pharmacological options, these don’t  address all aspects of the pain experience and can sometimes cause side effects that negatively impact a child’s quality of life.”

He added, “The IMNF understands the complexities of pain management and have successfully consulted with other organizations to expand their capabilities and make a positive difference in the lives of countless patients. We are pleased to partner with them on this program.”

IMNF’s two-day workshop aims to enhance the understanding of the science and psychology of pain perception. By exploring neuroscience research that shows how and why music can alter pain perception, workshop participants will gain insights to increase their effectiveness in utilizing music in pain management.  The workshop is open, free of charge, to music therapists and health care professionals involved in pediatric pain and, those who believe as the IMNF does, in music’s ability to awaken, heal and improve lives.

Day One will cover such topics as: the neuroscience of music and pain perception; biomedical research of music therapy in pain management; music therapy approaches to pediatric pain; and drumming and rhythmic techniques. Dr, Tomaino will be joined by: Dr. Rebecca Lovezsy of the Komansky Center for Children's Health/ New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, Annette Whitehead-Pleaux – music therapist at the Shriners Hospitals for Children, Boston, and Suzanne Tribe, a music therapist and drumming specialist in pediatric pain.

Day Two will encompass: building therapist self-awareness and personal coping strategies and techniques; and self-care and self-compassion for professionals engaged in pediatric pain management. The instructor for Day Two will be IMNF Senior Clinician Benedikte Scheiby.

Participants in the free seminar will be encouraged to take the following oath, stating that they will seek to apply the knowledge learned in the service of those in need:

By participating in the 2015 IMNF Summer Institute, sponsored by a grant from the Each One Counts Foundation, I pledge to share and apply the knowledge and techniques I learn in my daily life-work to ease the pain and suffering of children with terminal or chronic illness.  To the best of my ability, my goal is to reach 50 hours of mindful utilization of my acquired knowledge-techniques in the twelve months following the Summer Institute.

Participants may register online or call Doris Koon at 718 519 5880 for more information. 

About Each One Counts Foundation
Founded in 2007, Each One Counts Foundation grew out of a personal resolve by founder Brian Harrington to lead a more meaningful life after a last minute client decision saved him from boarding United Airlines Flight 93 on September 11, 2001. A couple of years later, Brian’s close friends were given the devastating news that their 6-year-old was terminally ill. Witnessing their anguish at being helpless in alleviating their child’s pain, he sought to find organizations that could help provide complementary therapies and found none that were dedicated solely to pediatric pain management. Since its founding, each one counts has funded more than 16,000 pain management therapies and distributed more than $500,000 in grants to its pediatric hospice and palliative care partners.

About the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function (IMNF)
The Institute for Music and Neurologic Function is a non-profit organization and a member of CenterLight Health System.  Founded in 1995, the IMNF is driven by 35 years of clinical observations on the actual effects of music on different types of physical and neurological trauma.  Directed by renowned music therapist Dr. Concetta M. Tomaino, with medical guidance from distinguished neurologist Dr. Oliver Sacks, its distinctive setting allows researchers to not only apply their theories, but to follow patient rehabilitation in the long term. The Institute actively collaborates with researchers and practitioners at other leading organizations to advance world progress in understanding and applying the power of music to promote healing and wellness.  Learn more at http://www.musictherapy.imnf.org

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