Being a Supervisor…

…definitely has it’s challenges and tough moments.  There are long nights, hard conversations, sweat, tears, stress, etc.  I get it!

However, it is one of the most rewarding and consistently joyful things I have ever done professionally.  I love having the opportunity and ability to influence someone and help them grow into the professional they want to be.  I love being there when they have questions and being able to answer them or learning new things along the way by finding the answer together.  I like being able to have conversations where we talk about the aspects of Music Therapy or business that often get swept under the rug or taken for granted.  AND I am absolutely thrilled whenever I see my intern succeed.

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The past few weeks, Alisabeth has displayed an incredible amount of growth (whether she realizes it or not) and in spite of some really challenging situations. Needless to say, I am beyond excited to see where the next few weeks lead!

Mostly, I just wanted to take a moment to encourage anyone in a teacher, supervisor, student, or even parent role to take a step back and look at where you started.  Notice what steps you’ve taken.  Acknowledge any successes.

It’s really easy to get caught up in daily affairs and not take notice of what is happening along the way.  Sometimes, the changes and growth are subtle.  Often, they are stealthy and you don’t notice them happening.

So… Take a moment. Sit back. Re-assess. And Be Proud! 

You’re doing a great job!

2016: Simplify, Streamline, Self-Care (part 3)

STOP!!!!  Stop what you are doing right now!

Take a deep breath. 

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How did that feel?  Pretty great, right? Take another one. A slow, deep breath.  Remind yourself to simply breathe and take a second to step away from everything.

Close your eyes and take another deep breath.

 You’ve got this. 

When I feel myself starting to tense up and my shoulders slowly creeping toward my ears, I remind myself to stop, take a moment. Breathe. Remember, to breathe.

Previously, I’ve talked A LOT about self care in a series called “Love Yourself”.  However, it’s soooo important that I’m going to rehash it now.

Take at least a little time out of every single day to…you guessed it…

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Do something (literally ANYTHING) for yourself.

We get so consumed in the tasks we “have” to do every day that we simply forget to take care of ourselves.  We forget that in order to care for our families, help other people, or be successful at work, that we first have to take care of our selves.  We have to make sure our proverbially batteries recharge at some point so they don’t shut down and power off entirely.

Self-Care can be ANYTHING!!!

It can be anything that helps you to recharge, unwind, relax, find yourself, or however you like to look at it. It just has to be something for YOU! No one else. JUST YOU!

Can it help someone along the way… sure, maybe. But, it has to help you!

How do I self-care: Jogging, baths, reading, cooking (when I WANT TO), playing piano (for fun), wine, drawing, watching Netflix with my husband, writing, going to the dog park (with the dog), taking pictures, organizing my closet, writing a blog post, shopping for home decor, taking a nap, calling my sister, yoga/pilates, coffee dates, meditating, coloring, massages, traveling, etc.

I want to know…

How do YOU self-care?

Practice What You Preach

We just completed week 3 with our outstanding intern, Alisabeth!  I am so excited to begin this new endeavor as an internship supervisor! It’s thrilling to be in this influential role, though it has been a little daunting and challenging at points.

I’m in a role where I’m teaching someone what I know about my profession and helping to shape them into the professional they want to be.  My internship was one of the most formative experiences of my professional life. So, maybe it’s just me, but I see this a very important role that I take seriously.  My style may be a little different in that I try to be 100% open and honest with my intern, but I like to maintain that they are a real person and adult that can be treated as such.

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With that in mind, I try to be a “real” person around her: I try to be honest when I’m not feeling great, or when a session is a struggle, or when I’m really excited about a client’s progress, etc. I think it’s good for her to see the human aspect of running a business and working as a professional and know that it isn’t always rainbows and butterflies. I think being honest with her allows her to be more honest with me, opening up the doors to more opportunities to learn and grow.

This role has also pushed me to be a better therapist by practicing what I preach daily. In internship we talk about being timely with documentation, establishing/revising appropriate and realistic goals, reading, researching, creating new materials, being in the moment, and self care.

I’ve been pushing myself to follow the same guidelines I’d like my intern to follow and set the best example I can.  I believe it makes me a more understanding supervisor if I hold myself to the same standards.  It pushes me to continue learning and growing along with my intern and holds me accountable to the same set of standards I establish for others.

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I’m so excited to see where the next few months will lead! Follow Alisabeth’s journey as she makes weekly blog post’s on the Listen and Learn for Learders page.

Inexpensive Props and Dual Purpose Furniture!

I get really excited about finding good deals and new ways to use things I already have! When we moved into our new office space we had to get a little creative because there isn’t a whole ton of room! This is especially true in our therapy room. We needed to have somewhere to put all of our instruments and props, but still leave enough room to conduct a therapy session.IMG_5633

We purchased two large metal cabinets to run along the back wall of the room and house all of our equipment. They have worked splendidly! When we were putting everything away, I noticed that we had a bunch of little magnets and a light bulb instantly went on! Magnets & Metal Cabinets! OF COURSE! Perfect way to do picture scheduling, highlight important things, and give clients another way to manipulate materials! Perfect! A couple of my clients love helping me put up the picture cards and pointing out where we are in our schedule. This large amount of metal space allows us to get creative and be flexible!

One of my favorite places to shop for inexpensive props is Dollar Tree! I love using them for seasonal items as well as year round props like stuffed animals, small instruments I can give to clients or use to breathing, magnets, stickers, and more! Recently, I used colorful scrunchies from dollar tree along with some cheap ribbon and made beautiful streamers to use in my sessions!

What creative ideas have you come up with for repurposing items or creating inexpensive props?IMG_6146IMG_6093

 

 

NEW SONG: Bouncing and Swaying

This song can be used in both individual and group settings. In a group, children sit on parents laps while parents bounce or sway with the music. This can also be done with parents standing and holding children’ In an individual setting or with older children, children learn the difference between fast and slow and demonstrate movements with their own bodies by bouncing up and down or swaying side to side.

this is a super simple song that is quick to learn and easy to sing.
ENJOY!!