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Self Care: You Gotta Nourish To Flourish

Self-Care is a phrase we hear often these days. When working in a profession that is centered on helping others, it’s easy to forget that we need to take care of ourselves too. Self-care isn’t selfish; in fact, it’s necessary to avoid burnout in the workplace. Practicing good self-care doesn’t have to involve meditating for […]

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Meet our Music Therapy Interns

The Star Center Music Therapy Department has been busy this summer with the addition of two new interns, Amy Wigginton and Avery Hartman, to their team. Amy is from Flower Mound, Texas and Avery is from Nashville, Tennessee. Amy has two siblings, one older sister and one younger brother, and Avery has one older sister.  […]

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Amber

Amber was first referred to STAR Center by Vocational Rehabilitation in 2015 when she was only 18 years old. She had a goal of employment. STAR Center’s Vocational Evaluation Department met with Amber for an evaluation to determine her strengths, skills, likes, dislikes, abilities, and goals. Amber participated in the Project SEARCH program and worked […]

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Black history Month- Memphis Musicians

African- American Music Appreciation Month occurs in June, but we cannot celebrate Black History Month without discussing black musicians, especially ones who originated 80 miles from our site- in Memphis! The beginning of the blues originated in the Mississippi Delta, and after World War II as musicians started expanding out of the Delta, Memphis was […]

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Work & Life Balance

Work and life balance is a struggle for most professionals, but for students and interns, this can be an especially difficult time as we try to grow in a short period of time and meet the expectations of others. It can be easy to let work define who you are and how you spend your […]

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New Year, New Interventions

As the new year is getting started, if you are anything like me you are probably searching around looking for new intervention ideas to use with your sessions. If you work with women within a substance abuse recovery program, you have hit the music therapy intervention jack pot. Today, I am going to share with […]

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Passion vs. Purpose

I have always sought the contemplative and empathetic life, going for runs through the woods and picking up spider webs in my hair and desiring to reach a heart by just a spoken word. Upon entering college, I was surprised by the chaos that life truly held, particularly within the school of music. I envied […]

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Hello, I’m in Therapeutic Sales

As a junior in high school considering potential career paths, “sales” never once entered my list of options. Many a band fundraiser had revealed my aversion to competition and discomfort with selling people, that I love, things they don’t need.  Incentives even seem to have the opposite effect on me – if there was a […]

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Non-Traditional Self-Care

I have always considered myself as terrible at self-care.  As therapists, it is a part of our DNA to give of ourselves and it is a proven necessity to replenish your give-abilities by taking some time and making some effort to focus on your own needs.  For the past 10 years I’ve thought I was just […]

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The Trumpet was My Lullaby

For as long as I can remember, my dad has practiced his trumpet at very late hours of the night. Sometimes, he practices as late as 2am (thankfully, with a mute).  As I have always had sleeping problems, I often remember listening to my dad’s trumpet playing until I would finally drift off to sleep. […]

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