Dr. Susan Summers is an accredited music therapist who has been teaching in the program since 1998. Susan brings a student-centred and applied practice-based approach to her teaching in the classroom and PMI voice, informed by a breadth and depth of almost 30 years of music therapy clinical experience.
Music Therapy Employment:
- Providence Health Care and Vancouver Coastal Health: older adults in complex care.
- Private practice: older adults in community and residential care, speech rehabilitation with adults and older adults.
Therapy Areas of Interest:
- Voice work, vocal psychotherapy and energetic healing with voice; hospice and end of life care; research and supervision
- Susan currently serves on the MTABC and CAMT boards as well as on two national charities and FACTBC.
- She has been involved as a clinician/researcher in geriatric music therapy research and has been a regular presenter in conferences across Canada, and in the United States, Japan, and Germany.
- Summers, S.
(2014). Portraits of vocal psychotherapists: Singing as a healing influence for
change and transformation. Unpublished (doctoral dissertation). Yellow Springs, OH: Antioch
S. (2013). The Hello Space Model. In
K. Kirkland (Ed.). International
Dictionary of Music Therapy. Routledge Publishers. 57
- Baker, F. & Uhlig, S. (Eds) (2011). The vocal hello
space model in hospice music therapy. The handbook of therapeutic voicework
in music therapy. London: Jessica Kingsley. (book chapter)
S. (1999). A tapestry of voices: Community building with a geriatric choir
reflected in a music therapy practice. Unpublished masters thesis.
Vancouver, BC: Open University of BC.
N., Merrill, T., Mohan, H., Summers, S., Woodward, A. (1999). Staying alive in
our work: A group's experience in peer supervision. Canadian Journal of
Music Therapy, VII, l, 51-67.