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Webinar series kicks off With Music for Journeying Home with Rosella Kinoshameg

by Deb Bartlett

One of the goals of Room 217 is to educate and train caregivers to integrate music into regular practice. We do that in a number of ways – webinars, the annual Music Care Conference, Music Care Training, as well as our newest education programs, Music Care Skills Day (one for hospice palliative care workers, and one for recreation therapists) and the Virtual Learning Studio (more to come on this in an upcoming post).

When I do visits with current and potential customers of Room 217, people are usually unaware of the webinars. Room 217 runs them monthly September through June, on the second Wednesday of the month from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Eastern Time. They are archived, and best of all – they’re free! This means that if you can’t login at work, you can access the webinar later, from home. I also tell managers in care settings to be sure to remember our amazing webinar archive when they are looking for topics for staff meetings, or professional development for their team.

The webinar presenters are experts, either through academia, their profession, or lived experience. The presentations are 45 minutes in length, with 10 minutes available for questions and answers at the end.    

When selecting presenters, we aim to reflect music’s use in a wide range of topics and care settings. For the past several years, we have also ensured that at least one has an Indigenous focus. I am also really excited that the learning outcomes of several of this year’s webinars have been submitted by British Columbia Therapeutic Recreation Association (BCTRA) for continuing education credits. That means that if you’re a member of that group, you can get an hour of CEUs that are required for recertification. 

Webinars are archived in Room 217’s reference library, and can be searched via topics.

The upcoming series kicks off with a presentation by Rosella Kinoshameg, on the topic of Music for Journeying Home: an Indigenous View of Music and Dying. Rosella is Odawa/Ojibway from the Wikwemikong Unceded First Nation Territory. She is a Registered Nurse (1968) with B.Sc.N. (1977) and Honorary Doctorate in Sacred Letters (1996), with extensive experience in palliative care. Rosella chaired the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA) Aboriginal Interest Group, was a Board member for Nipissing Serenity Hospice in North Bay, worked on Palliative Care Policies for Wikwemikong, served as lay panel member on Palliative Care Matters, was recently a panel member for Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) on End of Life Best Practice Guideline, and is a supportive Strategic Plan Steering Committee member of Health Sciences North.

Learning outcomes for Rosella’s webinar include being able to identify two traditional Indigenous teachings that will lead to building of trust and feeling cultural safety, to identify the two greatest gifts and tools for supporting preparation of journey to the Spirit world, and to identify three common traditional music instruments and their benefits in supporting this journey. You can register for Rosella’s webinar here.