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Alpha Woodward

Credential:MTA, MMT, FAMI, PhD
Training Level:F
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Location:  Nanaimo B.C. USA V9S 1B9
Alpha Woodward is an accredited music therapist with the Canadian Music Therapy Association (MTA). She completed her BMT at Capilano College (CAP) in 1994, and her MMT (Open University) in 1998 in Vancouver, British Columbia. In January 2015 she completed her doctoral studies in Leadership and Change through Antioch University and under the mentorship of Dr. Carolyn Kenny. Her initial interest in the Bonny Method of Music and Imagery was inspired by Capilano College instructors, Liz Moffitt and Nancy McMaster who were completing their Level III training in the early 1990s. Alpha took her Level I training in Port Townsend with Rosemary Lindquist (Bonny’s sister-in-law) and Kirsty Lewis in 1991. After beginning with a private practice, she became the full time music therapist at Providence Healthcare from 1992 - 2004 in which time she proactively defined music therapy as its own program/practice in the newly implemented program-based care model. She went on to became the first Professional Practice Leader for Music Therapy in 2000. In 2004 she turned her interest to fieldwork and moved to Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) to lead an international team of music therapists working with traumatized special needs populations. Working in a foreign culture that had been devastated by brutal wars was a turning point in Alpha's career as a music therapist and as a humanitarian. The following 5 years of repatriation (2008-2013) were about movement, relocation and searching for the right fit. This included Interim teaching posts for postgraduate coursework at Concordia University in Montreal and an intensive reclusive writing retreat on a small island in the Pacific Northwest. In January 2014 Alpha put her doctorate on temporary hold to fill the interim Course Director role at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance in Ireland. This was a period of productive growth and fulfilment in curriculum design, resource development and community outreach as the interim post rolled over several times into a 2.5 year post. In January 2015, Alpha completed her doctorate – an autoethnography on leadership and personal transformation featuring the role of BMGIM and performative writing in uncovering the inner landscape of culture shock. In 2016, Alpha returned to North America to accept another interim post as Director of an undergraduate program in Music Therapy in Scranton PA. Thanks to the tutorship of Liz Moffitt, in June of 2017 Alpha completed her Fellowship in GIM – an enormous affirmation of the years of study and advocacy for this transformational and precious work. Alpha now resides in Nanaimo, B.C. and is looking forward to more writing and developing her BMGIM practice in the next steps in this phase of her career.


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