Healing Through Arts - How Powerful A Medicine Are The Creative Arts?

How powerful a medicine are the creative arts? Join us for a therapeutic and thought-provoking afternoon as we delve into the discussion of arts, therapy and healing through a series of concerts and talks. The afternoon starts off with a concert by Sarawak-based world music band At Adau.

This is followed by a discussion by arts therapists from Singapore and Malaysia. Ms Gurpreet Kaur Kalsi, a licensed practicing music therapist from Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Ms Lim Kar Gee a practicing therapist from Kuala Lumpur, Ms Dian Handayani, art therapist from Singapore General Hospital’s Eating Disorder Unit and Ms Lama Majaj of Red Pencil Singapore forms the panel.

2pm – 3pm: Music therapy with At Adau
3pm – 4pm: How powerful a medicine are the creative arts? Panel discussion featuring:
Ms Gurpreet Kaur Kalsi – Music therapist (MY)
Ms Lim Kar Gee – Music therapist (MY)
Ms Dian Handayani – SGH Art Therapist, Eating Disorder Unit (SG)
Ms Lama Majaj – Red Pencil Singapore


About The Speakers:

Ms Gurpreet
Kaur Kalsi (Preet) is a licensed practicing music therapist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) UK (registration number AS01569), holds professional membership with the British Association for Music Therapy (BAMT) and the Association for Music Therapy Singapore (AMTS) and is the Sabah representative for the Malaysian Society for Music in Medicine (MSMM).

Preet has 17 years experience in the areas of mental health, palliative care, rehabilitation and disability with all ages from 6 months through to the elderly. With initial clinical experience in hospitals and in the community in London UK, has enabled her to set up and develop music therapy services in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. She is currently attached to Jesselton Medical Centre in Kota Kinabalu, as a visiting consultant where her music therapy clinic is now based. She also collaborates with other agencies to provide music therapy to their service users, as well as conducts talks, guest lectures, workshops and in-service training on the broader applications of music therapy.

Preet is passionate about promoting and advocating for the professional use of the arts in health, therapy and wellbeing. An accomplished musician, Preet obtained her Postgraduate Diploma in Music Therapy from Roehampton University in London and her Masters in Music Therapy from the University of the West of England in Bristol, UK.

Ms.Lim Kar Gee, MAMT, MT-BC, is a music therapist registered with the Certification Board of Music Therapists (CBMT), USA. She holds a Master of Arts in music therapy from St. Mary-of-the-Woods College, Indiana and a Bachelor of Arts in music therapy from University of Miami, Florida. She also obtained Music and Imagery trainings from Anna Maria College, USA. With over 15 years of experience in music therapy, Kar Gee currently works mainly with adults with psychological and emotional challenges. She used to work mainly with children with cancer at University Malaya Medical Centre and children with special needs. She also provides music therapy for those who are seeking for personal growth. Besides music therapy direct services, she lectures at Taylor’s University in Kuala Lumpur. Kar Gee was also a part-time lecturer in University Kebangsaan Malaysia, University Putra Malaysia, and New Era College.

As one of the pioneers in the music therapy profession in Malaysia, Kar Gee is often invited to conduct workshops, seminars, and trainings at conferences. She was also invited by Ai Fm as a guest speaker for personal growth programs. Internationally, Kar Gee worked as a music therapy practicum supervisor and a guest lecturer in Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China. In year 2015, Kar Gee conducted workshops and lectures in several places in China such as Yunnan, Shanghai, Jiangxi, Nanjing, and Beijing.

Ms. Lama Majaj
MA (A Th) AThR an Art Therapist (ANZATA), artist, arts in healthcare manager and educator. She studied in the UK, the Us and Australia and holds undergraduate qualifications in Fine Arts and Graphic Design and post graduate qualifications in education and Art Therapy. Lama has held positions in art and teaching internationally, including Assistant Art Director at the King Hussein Foundation Research Centre and UNESCO Family Education Project in Jordan and Manager Arts in Healthcare, in the Integrated Cancer Services Stream at one of the most comprehensive state of the Arts cancer centres in Melbourne, The Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre (ONJCWRC). She was responsible for the strategic development, leadership and day to day operations of the arts offering a comprehensive arts therapy program to patients, carers and staff in areas of medical oncology, clinical haematology, radiation oncology and palliative care. She lead the sustainable development of the vision of the arts program, established strong partnerships with the community, and educational institutions building on the development and capacity building of the arts. Lama is known for building the identity of the arts program to improve the quality of healthcare at Austin Health. Lama directed and produced a patient story film, Still Life, that captures the collective lived experience of six cancer patients grappling with existential life questions. In uncertain times and countless losses the film focuses on patients’ search for meaning as their resilience emerge through psychological, spiritual, and emotional fragmentations. It interweaves personal events into the examination of the normal life, the tragedy that often holds the seeds of a diagnosis and its impact on the imminent unknown. Still Life highlights the importance of narrative and identity amidst uncertainty, fragility and events concerned with humanity such as death, illness, connection, friendship and wellbeing.

Ms. Dian Handayani
is an Art Therapist with the Eating Disorder Treatment Program at Singapore General Hospital. In 2010, Dian obtained an MA in Art Therapy from Lasalle College of The Arts, Singapore where she was awarded a Graduate Teaching Assistant Scholarship. She is a member of Australian and New Zealand Arts Therapy Association. Her main focus is on eating disorders and the application of the psychodynamic approach in art therapy. For her masters thesis, Dian studied the effectiveness of art therapy intervention in resolving self-esteem issues of students. Prior to training as an art therapist, Dian worked in product development with renowned furniture and interior designers in the UK, having previously graduated from South Bank University, London with a BSc (Hons) in Industrial Design.

Originating from Sarawak, Malaysia, At Adau creates world music to heal and rejuvenate weary souls around the world. Combining traditional Bornean sounds of the Sape and Perutong with drums, percusssions, electric and bass guitar, as well as traditional instruments such as Djembe and Dunun from West Africa, Congas from Latin percussion, Daf from Persia and bamboo Rainstick, At Adau’s music is a fusion of modern and traditional instruments. This innovative and timeless music reflects peace, serenity, appreciation for nature and a deep love and harmony between people around the world, regardless of cultural backgrounds, races and boundaries.

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Tue Sep 13, 2016
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM SGT
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Auditorum, Alexandra Hospital
Free with Registration
Venue Address
378 Alexandra Road, 159964 Singapore