Dr. Teppo Särkämö, PhD, is Psychologist and Researcher working at the Cognitive Brain Research Unit (Institute of Behavioural Sciences, University of Helsinki) and Finnish Centre of Interdisciplinary Music Research (Universities of Helsinki and Jyväskylä). His work focuses on the neural mechanisms of music and speech perception (and their disorders, namely amusia and aphasia), neuroplasticity of auditory and cognitive functions, and the use of music-based interventions in various neurological illnesses (e.g., stroke, traumatic brain injury, and dementia).
Ana Katusic received her Bachelor’s and Master’s in Education and Rehabilitation Sciences and her PhD in Neuroscience at Croatian Institute for Brain Research from University of Zagreb. Currently she works in Day-care Centre for Rehabilitation, where she works with neurologically challenged young infants and children. Her special interest is on vibroacoustic therapy (VAT) and neurologic music therapy (NMT) in sensorimotor rehabilitation and visual attention. She is intensively involved in studying the effects of VAT on motor performance and oculomotor control.
The Finnish Society for Music Therapy had it’s 40th Anniversary seminar in Helsinki from the 18th to the 20th of October 2013.
On Friday 18th of October Mr Olav Skille, Dr. Esa Ala-Ruona and Dr. Marko Punkanen from the VIBRAC Centre gave a presentation on the history, current state and future plans of Vibroacoustic Therapy.
A group of 14 multi-professional students received their certification as VIBRAC-practitioners in June when they finished their Level II training in Vibroacoustic Therapy. During the final training days students presented their case studies with different client groups, including work with, pain, anxiety, stress, cerebral infarct, PTSD, anorexia and developmental trauma.
Dr. Esa Ala-Ruona and Dr. Marko Punkanen from the VIBRAC Centre gave a Level I training: Introduction to Vibroaocustic Therapy, 26.-27.4 in Riga.
Twenty participants from Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia participated for this two day Introduction training about Vibroacoustic therapy.
We want to thank Dzintra Zarina and Mirdza Paipere for their great effort and work to bring about this first training in Latvia.