Hello and welcome to my website! I am Aksana Kavaliova-Moussi, a certified music therapist and counsellor working in the Kingdom of Bahrain. I am a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualified) in Ontario, Canada.
I was born in Belarus to a family of musicians. My mother is a retired piano teacher, my father was a director of various cultural centers, and my brother is a professional composer and sound director in Belarus. At the very early age of three I started singing solo and performing with my family in local and national televised events.
I completed my Bachelor/teaching degree in music theory and history from the Vitebsk State College of Music, a Bachelor of Arts in cultural studies from the Belarusian State University of Culture and Arts, before moving to Canada where I began my studies in music therapy at the University of Windsor, Ontario in 2004.
During my academic years in Windsor, I provided music therapy for children with special needs and expectant teen mothers. I was a member of the "Music Therapy and a Symphony" research project, working with the oncology patients (see here). As a music therapist intern, I worked with the paediatric patients at the Windsor Regional Hospital, patients at the Hospice of Windsor-Essex County and the "In-House Hospice Solutions" in Southfield, Michigan.
I graduated in 2008 with the Honours Bachelor of Music Therapy with a minor in Psychology (with Distinction), and became Music Therapist Accredited (MTA) in February 2009. In May 2014, I graduated with a Master of Music in Music Therapy degree from the Colorado State University (Fort Collins, CO).
I was a member of the Organizing Committee of the International Conference on Music Therapy and Supportive Cancer Care, in Windsor, Ontario (2010); served on a scientific committee for the Canadian Association of Music Therapy conference (Toronto 2014). Currently, I am a member of the editorial board of the "Music and Medicine"-the academic journal of the International Association for Music & Medicine (IAMM). I am a founding member of the Online Conference for Music Therapy (OCMT) since 2010, and a Co-Chair of the OCMT since 2014 (www.onlineconferenceformusictherapy.com).
I served as the Eastern Mediterranean Regional Liaison for the World Federation of Music Therapy since July 2011 and became a member of the Education and Training commission in August 2017.
In February 2019, I was voted by the members of the Music Therapy Association of Ontario to be a Vice-president.
From 2008 to June 2018, I run my music therapy private practice in the Kingdom of Bahrain, where I worked with several private schools and centers (including the Children's Academy) and numerous individuals with Autism, Down syndrome, intellectual and developmental disabilities, ADHD, anxiety disorders, and other conditions.
In July 2018, my family relocated to beautiful Niagara-on-the-Lake in Ontario (Canada), where I began my private practice. I recently completed my graduate practicum at the renowned Attachment and Trauma Treatment Centre for Healing (ATTCH) in St. Catharines and graduated with the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology degree.
In Niagara, I continued working with individuals with special needs, and provided group music therapy at the long term care homes in the Niagara region. I was also working with the adults and children who survived psychological trauma and abuse.
As if the changes weren't enough, in July 2019 we moved back to Bahrain. I am now offering music therapy and counseling to children and adults, and looking for the opportunities to collaborate with other professionals through supervision, teaching/workshops and presentations.
R. Unkefer Academy of Neurologic Music Therapy- member since October 2012
Canadian Association for Music Therapy- professional member, since 2005.
American Music Therapy Association- professional member, since 2006.
Accreditations and Certificates:
Certified Trauma Integration Clinician- April 2019.
Comprehensive Resource Model (CRM)®, basic training- January 2019.Neurologic Music Therapist, Fellow- October 2016."First Sounds: Rhythm, Breath and Lullaby, International Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Training"- July 2016.
Neurologic Music Therapist- October 2012.Music Therapist Accredited (MTA)- February 2009.
Presentations and workshops:
"MUSIC-BASED INTERVENTIONS IN TRAUMA WORK"-full day workshop, Ontario Association for Social Workers, Huronia Highlands chapter, Barrie (ON), June 17, 2019.
"MULTICULTURAL COMPETENCE FOR MUSIC THERAPISTS: WORKING WITH THE ARAB/MIDDLE EASTERN POPULATION"- CAMT annual conference, Gatineau (QC) May 24, 2019.
"ONLINE CONFERENCE FOR MUSIC THERAPY: SUPPORTING INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATION AND ONLINE EDUCATION"- Canadian Association for Music Therapists annual conference, Gatineau (QC) May 24, 2019.
"MUSIC THERAPY FOR DEMENTIA"- Alzheimer's Society Niagara chapter, St. Catharines, CANADA, May 10, 2019.
"MUSIC THERAPY IN PALLIATIVE CARE"- Niagara-on-the-Lake community palliative care service, CANADA, April 22, 2019.
"INTRODUCING MUSIC THERAPY"- RWTA-Retired Women Teachers Association meeting, Niagara Falls (ON), CANADA, April 8, 2019.
"MUSIC-BASED INTERVENTIONS IN TRAUMA WORK"- half-day workshop, Attachment and Trauma Treatment Centre for Healing annual conference, St. Catharines (ON), CANADA, April 1, 2019.
"MUSIC AND WELLNESS"- workshop at the Mental Health Fair, Jean-Vanier high school, Welland (ON), March 28, 2019.
"ONLINE CONFERENCE FOR MUSIC THERAPY: SUPPORTING INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATION AND ONLINE EDUCATION"- poster presentation, Music Therapy Association of Ontario annual conference, Hamilton, ON, CANADA, February 23, 2019.
"MUSIC THERAPY TRAINING AROUND THE WORLD: NATIONAL CHARACTERISTICS"-II International Congress on Mental Health, Music Therapy Symposium, Moscow, RUSSIA, October 7, 2018.
"MUSIC THERAPY FOR PEOPLE WITH ASD (AUTISM SPECTRUM)"- II International Congress on Mental Health, Conference on Autism, Moscow, RUSSIA, October 6, 2018.
"REPERTOIRE OF A MUSIC THERAPIST: WHAT, WHEN, AND WHY"- online presentation, 2nd Russian conference on music therapy for children with autism and other special needs, Moscow, RUSSIA, September 28, 2018.
"MUSIC IN EDUCATION"- Bahrain Polytechnics, semiannual symposium, Manama, BAHRAIN, April 26, 2018.
"NEUROLOGIC MUSIC THERAPY AND AUTISM"- First Russian International Conference on music therapy for children with autism and other special needs, Moscow, RUSSIA, September 30, 2017.
"ONLINE CONFERENCE FOR MUSIC THERAPY: SUPPORTING INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATION AND ONLINE EDUCATION"- World Congress of Music Therapy, Tsukuba, JAPAN, July 7, 2017.
" WFMT-NETWORKING THROUGH THE BEAT OF A DRUM"-Round table, World Congress of Music Therapy, Tsukuba, JAPAN, July 6, 2017.
"GLOBAL EQUIVALENCY CERTIFICATE FOR MUSIC THERAPISTS PART II: PROFESSIONAL IDENTITY AND COMPETENCIES"- Round Table, World Congress of Music Therapy, Tsukuba, JAPAN, July 5, 2017.
"THE ONLINE CONFERENCE FOR MUSIC THERAPY: SUPPORTING INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATION AND EDUCATION" - 10th European Music Therapy Conference, Vienna, AUSTRIA, July 7, 2016.
"HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WORLD FEDERATION OF MUSIC THERAPY 2014-2017 COUNCIL"- Round table, 10th European Music Therapy Conference, Vienna, AUSTRIA, July 7, 2016.
"MUSIC THERAPY AND AUTISM"- Online presentation, 2nd Russian Conference on Therapeutic Uses of Music "Muzterapevt.ru", Moscow, RUSSIA, May 21, 2016.
"MUSIC THERAPY FOR AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER"- 4th International Conference "Untangle Autism", BAHRAIN, April 4, 2016.
"WORLD FEDERATION OF MUSIC THERAPY: DEVELOPMENT OF THE PROFESSION IN EIGHT REGIONS"- Online presentation, 1st Russian Conference on Therapeutic Uses of Music, Moscow, RUSSIA, May 29-31, 2015.
"INTRODUCTION TO MUSIC THERAPY"- presentations-workshops for parents at Talk Play Grow, Juffair, BAHRAIN, May 2015; for specialists working with children with disabilities, at Affinity Consultancy, Saar, BAHRAIN, October 2014.
"ENVISIONING A GLOBAL EQUIVALENCY CERTIFICATE FOR MUSIC THERAPISTS: TRAINING, QUALIFICATIONS, CLINICAL PRACTICE"- Round table, World Congress on Music Therapy, Krems, AUSTRIA, July 2014.
"WFMT- STATE OF THE ORGANIZATION"- Round table with WFMT council members, World Congress on Music Therapy, Krems, AUSTRIA, July 2014
"MUSIC THERAPY IN THE MIDDLE EAST: PROBLEMS AND PERSPECTIVES"- OCMT- Online Conference for Music Therapy, March 2011.
"BURNOUT: HOW TO RECOGNIZE AND PREVENT IT"- University of Windsor Music Therapy Students Alliance annual conference, Windsor, ON, March 2008.
Honours and Awards:
Finalist, category "Outstanding Music Teacher/Therapist", Princess Haya Award for Special Education, UAE, March 2012.Excellence in Clinical Practice, University of Windsor-March 2007.
President's List, Dean's list, University of Windsor, Ontario-2005-2008
Golden Key International Honour Society