Paula Heidman Best MT-BC 9435 Marilla Dr.

Lakeside, CA 92040 Home: 619-312-2025 Cell: 619-917-8736
Career Objectives: To use Music Therapy or other therapeutic interventions to improve the physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals of all ages and decrease the symptoms of their illness, overcome their disorder, integrate into the community or improve the quality of their life while providing ongoing support to reduce or eliminate their need to return to an institutional setting. Professional Experience 5/05- Present Music Therapy Consultant dba MUSICNMORE Responsibilities: Provide Music Therapy to those with physical, psychological, cognitive , and/or developmental impairments and improve the quality of life in individuals with or without disabilities in hospice settings. Activity Director, Telecare Cresta Loma Lemon Grove, CA Responsibilities: Provide direct supervision to the Activity Dept. Facilitate program groups and activities with an emphasis on community reintegration and involvement. Activity Director, Alpine Special Treatment Center Alpine, CA Responsibilities: Provided direct supervision to the Activity Dept. Facilitated groups and program events, involved in client treatment plan and documentation. Music Therapist, Villa View Community Hospital San Diego, CA Responsibilities: Provided Music Therapy services for inpatient and outpatient residents with mental illness. Conducted groups to increase patient independence and awareness of community resources. Treatment Coordinator, Telecare Cresta Loma Lemon Grove, CA Responsibilities: Planned and evaluated program services and treatment planning. Direct involvement with community resources, enhanced family communication, facilitated special events. Provided Music Therapy services and in-services for residents, families and employees. Assumed the position of Assistant Program Director and Rehabilitation Therapist. Activity Director, Euclid Convalescent Center San Diego, CA Responsibilities: Organized and conducted groups and 1:1 activities, special events and outings. Obtained community volunteers, involved in treatment planning process. Home Health Care Provider, At Your Home Services San Diego, CA Responsibilities: Provided non-medical services including Music Therapy for primarily homebound geriatric clients. Music Therapy Consultant, Rancho Park Hospital El Cajon, CA Responsibilities: Provided group and 1:1 Music Therapy, conducted chorus, assisted with outings for mentally ill and substance abused adolescents.

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Activity Therapist, Charter Hospital of Tampa Bay Tampa, Fl. Responsibilities: Conducted movement, occupational and art groups, as well as Music Therapy groups and 1:1, involved in the treatment team process with children, adolescent and adults with mental impairments. Music Therapist, Northeast Florida State Hospital Macclenny, Fl Responsibilities: Developed and implemented centralized Music Therapy, provided group and 1:1 Music Therapy, involved in the treatment planning process. Music Therapy Intern, Florida State Hospital Chattahoochee, Fl. Responsibilities: Provided Music Therapy groups, 1:1 sessions, conducted a forensic chorus, variety shows with residential civil and forensic patients. Education

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B.S. in Music Therapy, S.U.N.Y. at New Paltz New Paltz, NY Professional Affiliations American Music Therapy Association Western Region American Music Therapy Association San Diego Music Therapy Association Certification Board Certified, Certification Board for Music Therapists, Inc. effective 3/1/85.

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