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Heading into the Future: 2023 Interprofessional Virtual Summit on Brain Injury

May 1–21, 2023

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“Heading into the Future” is a virtual summit focused on current practice, trends, education and research on brain injury. The summit is focused on an interprofessional audience, including consumers with brain injuries, family members, caregivers, students, educators, clinical staff like therapists, social workers and psychologists, medical staff of nurses and physicans, administrators, and policy makers.

Pre-recorded sessions are 60 and 90 minutes, allowing summit attendees to watch the videos 24/7 at their convenience. Presenters will be available for live Q & A sessions that will be published for attendees in the event they would like to dialogue with the speakers. 

The keynote address will be given by Carole Starr, who sustained a brain injury in an auto accident in 1999. Hear this nationally recognized speaker share a humorous and inspirational speech on developing resiliency during times of adversity. A speaker LIVE Q & A will be held with Carole on May 16. 

Connecting the Brain and Body through Music Therapy and Recreational Therapy: A Case Study

Tuesday, May 9, 2023 at 7:00 PM–8:00 PM EDT
Session Length

60 minutes

Speaker Perspectives

Clinical staff: therapists, social workers, psychologists


This presentation will focus on a Veteran with a history of TBI and multiple chronic diagnoses who has been receiving services through music therapy and recreational therapy at the VA Medical Center. We will be highlighting elements of both practices, from an individual and co-treatment persepctive, that have been used to support this Veteran in reaching functional mobility, cognition, and emotional goals. Considerations for in person and telehealth treatment will be discussed to educate audience regarding best practices and potential for future study.

Focus of Presentation
Intervention/treatment modality
Learning Outcomes

1. Identify 2 benefits of co-treatment for Music Therapy and Recreational  Therapy for a Veteran with specific diagnoses. 

2. Explain the efficacy of telehealth and in-person sessions for treatment planning and co-treating.

3. Provide 2 examples of best practices and considerations for Music Therapy and Recreational Therapy co-treating

Target Audience
Medical staff: physicians, nurses, etc.
Clinical staff: therapists, social workers, psychologists, etc.


Diane Langston, MM, MT-BC, Department of Veterans Affairs
Biographical Statement

Diane Garrison Langston, MM, MT-BC, is a nationally board certified music therapist with extended training in neurologic music therapy (NMT) practice.

Diane graduated from Florida State University with her bachelor's and master's degree in music therapy, with clinical practice and research focused on utilizing music therapy for active duty military personnel and veterans.

At the VA, Diane established the MT program in the North Florida/South Georgia VA Health System in 2017 through a partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts Creative Forces: Military Healing Arts Network to develop protocol and best practices for delivering music therapy services via telehealth to veterans in rural communities through the Rural Veterans TeleRehabilitation Initiative.

Diane has presented on the delivery of music therapy via telehealth both throughout the United States at national and regional conferences, and internationally. Diane is currently on the board for the Southeast Regional district of the American Music Therapy Association. She is the chair for the VA RT/CAT Telehealth Subcommittee and on the National Advisory Board for RT/CATs within the VA. Diane is a published author and continues to advocate for music therapy research and services with veterans, their families and the communities they live in.

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Danielle Orr, MS, CTRS, CDP, Department of Veterans Affairs
Biographical Statement

Danielle Orr is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, practicing in the field for almost 12 years. Danielle completed her undergraduate degree at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia and completed her masters in Gerontology at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. She has completed her Certified Dementia Practitioner and several TRX trainer certifications as well and is currently in the process of becoming a Certified Horticultural Therapist.

Danielle started working with the Department of Veterans Affairs in 2014 at the Hunter Holmes McGuire VAMC in Richmond, Virginia, where she was for four and a half years until she and her family moved to Gainesville, Florida. Since December 2018, Danielle has been working for the Malcom Randall VAMC. She is an inpatient therapist on the Community Living Center for geriatric short stay rehab. Danielle also facilitates outpatient telehealth therapeutic gardening and cancer rehabilitation individual and group sessions.

Danielle is a wife to a wonderful husband and mother to two beautiful little girls, ages five and two years old. She enjoys spending her time with her family at the beach, zoo, park or any outdoor location.

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