In this episode Chelsea shares her tips for working under the Medicaid waiver. We also discuss positive language and alternative vocabulary to use as therapists.

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Chelsea is a board-certified music therapist from Sidney, Ohio. Chelsea
completed her Bachelor of Music at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio and
her Master of Arts in Music Therapy at St. Mary of the Woods College in
Terre Haute, Indiana. Chelsea is currently serving as executive liaison on
the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee of GLR and the Council
Coordinator of Association Services of AMTA.
Chelsea is employed as a music therapist at Opportunities for Positive
Growth, Inc. in Lafayette, Indiana. She supports children, adolescents,
and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, autism
spectrum disorder, mental health disorders, and trauma as well as
groups in the local school system. She is an advocate for trauma-
informed care in the music therapy profession, which was her master’s
thesis topic. Chelsea is also passionate about education, and she has
supervised numerous practicum students and interns as a professional.
Chelsea defines her work as person-centered with an eclectic approach
that is trauma informed. Chelsea believes in a reciprocal relationship
between the person-supported, the therapist, and the music as a

meaningful and collaborative experience. Safety, respect, dignity, and
support are essential elements to Chelsea’s clinical work.
For self-care, she recites positive affirmations, practices positive self-
talk, and exercises. Chelsea enjoys baking, golfing, Harry Potter, and her
cat, Wilmer.

Find Chelsea online, on Facebook, and email her at chelseamabesmtbc@gmail.com

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