Music, Trauma & the Resilient Child Symposium

Important Details

Date: Saturday, April 18, 2020

Time: 9:00AM – 2:30PM

Location: 1702 Pacific Ave, Everett, WA 98201

Cost: $30 Early Bird Registration closes March 31, 2020. $40 General Admission closes April 13, 2020. No walk-in registrations.

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About the Symposium

Mental health is critical issue for Snohomish County especially for children and youth. According to the 2016 Community Health Assessment, suicide is the leading cause of death among county residents. In fact, 16% of sixth grade students report considering suicide. In addition, approximately 30% of high school students report feeling sad or hopeless almost every day for two or more weeks in a row. Unlike traditional talk therapies, music therapy supports non-verbal processing when words fail.

The Music, Trauma & the Resilient Child Symposium is an opportunity for mental health professionals to learn about the basic tenets of music therapy in mental health work with children and youth. Symposium participants will gain strategies for incorporating music into their counseling sessions to support emotional regulation, non-verbal processing, and somatic trauma integration. By developing a mutual understanding around music and trauma, the symposium creates a cooperative network of providers that expands the resources available to children and families seeking additional support.

Symposium Audience

The Music, Trauma & the Resilient Child Symposium serves as a professional development opportunity for mental health professionals in a variety of settings including private practice, institutions, and schools. As a result of their participation, the professionals will become better equipped to serve clients struggling with acute traumas, in the foster care system, those at-risk of suicide or self-harm, working towards family reunification, and so many other areas of need.

Event Schedule

9:00AM – Arrival & Check In

9:30AM – Welcome

10:00AM – Presentation

11:30AM – Panel Discussion

12:30PM – LUNCH | Participants encouraged to walk to lunch in downtown Everett.

1:30PM – Workshop


Vee Fansler (they/them) is a board-certified music therapist working with children, youth and families in transition. Additionally, with five (5) years of clinical experience, they supervise music therapy staff and interns as Senior Music Therapist at the Snohomish County Music Project. In the final stages of their Masters in Music Therapy from Slippery Rock University, their work centers trauma-informed care and the political nature of therapy, highlighting the ecological link between individual and communal well-being.

Vee has presented at state, regional, and national music therapy conferences on topics such as trauma-informed music therapy, queering music therapy practice, music-indigenous assessments for child mental health, and anti-colonial therapeutic approaches. They are published in Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy and have upcoming publications in the book (Post)Colonial Music Therapy.

Pat Martinelli (she/her) is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Children’s Mental Health Specialist in practice at Cairn House in Everett. With over 26 years of counseling practice in both nonprofit and the private sector, her considerable experience includes work with children and their families with serious emotional issues and trauma in a variety of settings. In addition to her M.S. from Capella University, Pat is certified in Motivational Interviewing, Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Furthermore, she is trained in Collaborative Problem Solving, High Fidelity Wraparound Facilitation, and Mediation.  

With a strong commitment to supporting the Snohomish County community, Pat serves as a trainer and speaker for many agencies including Washington Mental Health Counselors’ Association, Children’s Administration (CA/DSHS), Juvenile Detention Services, Snohomish County Guardian ad Litem, Everett School District and Mukilteo School District. Additionally, she engages the Snohomish County community through service as Vice President of the Snohomish County Music Project, former member of the Snohomish County Table of Ten Court Improvement Project, former Reclaiming Futures team member, and former member of Community Connections/South Snohomish County.

Colby Cumine (he/him) is a board-certified music therapist working primarily with elementary children experiencing trauma. With over two (2) years of experience, his clinical practice includes over 500 kids ranging from infancy through middle school, in both group and individual settings, at eight (8) different schools. He uses a social justice orientation and a trauma-informed lens while working with clients from a range of different backgrounds and abilities, always focusing on client strengths and providing them with as much power and agency as possible in therapeutic settings.

Colby started working with the Snohomish County Music Project in his undergraduate education as a practicum student. After completing his clinical internship with the Music Project, he transitioned into a paid staff position. He received his BA in Music Therapy from Seattle Pacific University, graduating magna cum laude with a minor in psychology and special emphases in special education, psychology, and health and human performance.

Yana Ramos (they/them) is a music therapist (pending board certification) with Snohomish County Music Project who practices disability-affirming therapy with families and individuals in Everett and surrounding areas. Yana is passionate about amplifying the lived experience of marginalized communities, especially those who are neurodivergent and disabled. In their clinical internship with the Music Project, Yana developed a program for strengthening positive attachment and child-facilitated communication among neuro-diverse families.

Drawing from their own experience as an autistic and blind individual with other intersecting identities of privilege and marginalization, Yana seeks to question and redefine what it means to hold power in the therapeutic space. Before receiving their BA in Music Therapy from Pacific University, Yana earned a BA in English from the University of Hawaii where they explored storytelling as advocacy and performing arts as a vehicle for disability justice. In their free time, Yana enjoys reading, creating, advocating, and cuddling with their service dog, Greta, who is also on the therapy team at the Music Project as the “resident cutie”.

Alyssa Monas (she/her) is a board-certified music therapist at Childhaven, a local nonprofit serving children and families throughout King County. Additionally, she serves on the Racial Equity Team and engages deeply in work analyzing and acknowledging the larger institutions and systems that create barriers for the children and families in her practice. Through Alyssa’s development of music therapy programming at Childhaven, she aims to meet community members in their present circumstances, come alongside them to break down barriers, increase access to quality music therapy services, and work towards dismantling the systems that harm more than help.

With a strong commitment to the future of music therapy, Alyssa hopes to contribute to conversations and actions that make the music therapy profession more equitable and accessible to marginalized communities. She shares her expertise from over seven (7) years of clinical practice that includes undergraduate practicum students from Seattle Pacific University. In addition to receiving her MM in Music Therapy from Florida State University, Alyssa approaches her clinical practice with a person-centered, trauma-informed lens grounded in systems theory.

Cindy Minkler (she/her; enrolled Oglala Sioux) graduated from Seattle Pacific University with a B.A. in Music Education and Piano Performance. Since then, she’s been an educator, graduation speaker, free-lance pianist, piano teacher and performer. She produced two piano CD’s featuring original compositions and hymn arrangements. Back in the 90’s, Minkler was seen on the hit dramedy television show “Northern Exposure.”

In 2003 she was invited to perform at the American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco where she featured her original composition, “Battle of the Little Bighorn.” Minkler performed an original piece on her cedar flute and won an award at the West Coast American Indian Music Awards Show in 2011. Recently she earned a Music Therapy degree from Western Michigan University where she was named Artist of the Month in 2017. Currently, she is working as a sole proprietor developing Spirit Path Music Therapy.