Tom Dalton is a native South Floridian and grew up in Palm Beach County. He is a singer/songwriter/guitarist and has performed his music from Florida to California. Tom is also a board-certified music therapist and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and has used music & counseling to help people of all ages.

Tom works at VITAS Healthcare as a music therapist working with hospice patients and their families and is responsible for directing the music therapy program in Broward County, Florida.

For years Tom has helped people through music therapy working with children, adolescents and adults with a variety of needs using the power of music to help transform their lives. Tom has worked with people with Developmental Disabilities, Autism, Downs Syndrome, Attention Deficit Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Alzheimer's Disease, Cancer, Traumatic Brain Injury, Learning Disabilities and mental illness. He also specializes in helping children and families who have experienced grief and loss in their lives from the death of a loved one.

 

Thomas A. Dalton LMHC, MT-BC

Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Board Certified Music Therapist

 

EDUCATION

University of Sarasota, Florida

• Masters in Mental Health Counseling graduated 2001
• Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Florida: License # 8150

California State University Long Beach

• Bachelors of Arts in Music Therapy, graduated 1992

Music Therapy Internship

• Completed a six month clinical program at Fairview Developmental Center in Costa Mesa, California in December 1992

Board Certification

* Board Certified with the Certification Board for Music Therapists # 04307

* Professional member with The American Music Therapy Association

San Francisco State University

* Music Recording Industry Program 1978-80

Family Light Music School, Sausalito, CA

* Songwriting, recording and music industry program, 1975-76
* Private guitar lessons with Jan Tangen
Palm Beach State College, Lake Worth, FL

* Business Major 1973-75

Cardinal Newman High School, West Palm Beach, FL

* Graduated 1971

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

VITAS Healthcare, Broward                                                                             Sr. Music Therapist and Music Therapy Internship Director

9/1/11 – Present

5420 NW 33rd Avenue, Suite 100 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309
(281) 281-7948

  • Serves as the professional and educational leader developing,
    directing, planning and assuring the coordination of Music Therapy as an integral part of the comprehensive care services at Vitas Healthcare in Broward.

  • Formulates and implements a comprehensive plan for music therapy to include but not limited to action items and schedule for implementation and accountability.

  • Develops appropriate polices and procedures and a tracking system to ensure music therapy plan is met

  • Serves as the Children’s Bereavement Center Site Coordinator for bereavement support groups for children, teens and adults at two sites in Broward, Nova University and Parkland area.

  • Provide clinical supervision and technical guidance to all Vitas music therapists

  • Responsible for developing and implementing the National Roster Music Therapy Clinical Internship program that meets all standards and criteria of the American Music Therapy Association

  • Internship Director, responsible for all aspects of the music therapy internship program.

  • Assumes full responsibility for the music therapy budget and will provide monthly variance reports to supervisor.

  • Assists with creating, planning and carrying out special VITAS programs and events as required.

  • Demonstrates advanced level of clinical assessment, process and interventions.

  • Active participation within a multi-disciplinary team approach in bereavementand with VITAS teams

  • Provides internal and external educational trainings, modules, workshops andin-services on music therapy, hospice, bereavement, stress management and anticipatory grief.

  • Provide direct, individual, family and group music therapy for patients with life-limiting illness at VITAS Healthcare. Active participation within a multi-disciplinary team approach with VITAS teams.

  • Provide music therapy services in a variety of settings including hospital andhospice inpatient units, patient homes, nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

  • Specialize in working with children and teens in bereavement.

  • Extensive experience in providing music therapy and counseling with bereavedchildren, teens and adults.

Children’s Bereavement Center Group (CBC) Site Coordinator

2018- Present
Heron Heights Elementary School in Parkland 11010 Nob Hill Road
Parkland, FL

  • Responsible for coordinating all aspects of weekly CBC Bereavement Supportgroups for the Parkland site.

  • Responsible for facilitating post group supervision for facilitator teamfollowing group sessions

  • Duties include recruiting families, participants and facilitators for the groups

  • Managing facilitators schedules and participation for the groups

  • Responsible for purchasing supplies, and material for groups

  • Responsible for outreach in the community to promote the groups

  • Presenting in the community on the efficacy of the CBC bereavement support groups

    Children’s Bereavement Center Group (CBC) Site Coordinator

    2017- Present
    Mailman Segal Center an Nova Southeastern University 7600 36th Street
    Davie, FL

  • Responsible for coordinating all aspects of the weekly CBC BereavementSupport groups for Nova University.

  • Responsible for facilitating post group supervision for facilitator teamfollowing group sessions

  • Duties include recruiting families, participants and facilitators for the groups

  • Managing facilitators schedules and participation for the groups

  • Responsible for purchasing supplies, and material for groups

  • Responsible for outreach in the community to promote the groups

  • Presenting in the community on the efficacy of the CBC bereavement support groups

    Children’s Bereavement Center Group (CBC) Facilitator

    2012- 2017
    Mailman Segal Center an Nova Southeastern University 7600 36th Street
    Davie, FL

  • Responsible for facilitating weekly peer support groups as part of the CBC“Healthful Grieving Model”

  • Specialized in working with bereaved middle school children/teens

  • Focus on integrating the use of music in working with adolescents as well asother expressive arts

  • Participation in post group supervision following group sessions

Camp VITAS Founder and Director

2012 to Present

  • Created and developed Camp VITAS, a bereavement camp for families and

    children/teens ages 7-17 who have lost a loved one.

  • Providing a safe place for campers to share their feelings of grief and to learn coping skills to help them cope with their loved ones death.

  • Camp VITAS has been made possible through fund-raising activities of a Music Thon coordinated by Mr. Dalton working in conjunction with VITAS Community Connection, a non-profit organization to help hospice patients and families.

  • Held at various south Florida campgrounds including the Hugh Taylor Birch in Sunrise, The Owaissa Bauer Campground in Homestead and Fort Wilderness in Disneyworld.

  • The mission of Camp VITAS is to provide a therapeutic, fun and safe camping experience for children and teens and families to explore their feelings of loss from the death of a loved one and to offer them a sense of hope through connecting with peers who have had similar losses.

    The Music-Thon: An Annual Fundraiser for Camp VITAS

    2012-Present

  • Conceived and coordinated The Music-Thon fundraiser: an annual event sponsored by VITAS Community Connection

  • The goal of the Music-Thon is to raise monies to benefit Camp VITAS, a bereavement camp for children and teens who have lost a loved one.

  • Over 200 children musicians perform holiday music on piano, flute, voice and guitar in front of Bloomingdale’s at the Gardens Mall from 9:00 a.m. until 8:00 pm! The idea is “Children helping Children,” and the children performers are extremely motivated to raise money for the camp!

  • Each child has received monetary sponsorship from friends and family contributing monies for their performance in amounts ranging from $30.00 to $200.00.

  • The fundraiser has been very successful since its conception several years ago, raising around $10,000.00 each year allowing for Camp VITAS to be offered at no charge to the families.

Music Therapist VITAS Healthcare Palm Beach County                            8/15/10 – 9/1/11 (954) 486-4085

  • Provided direct, individual, family and group music therapy and counselingfor patients with a life-limiting illness at VITAS Healthcare. Activeparticipation within a multi-disciplinary team approach with VITAS teams.

  • Provided music therapy services in a variety of settings including hospital andhospice inpatient units, patient homes, nursing homes and assisted livingfacilities.

  • Specialized in working with children and teens in hospice care.

  • Extensive experience in providing music therapy and counseling with bereavedchildren, teens and adults.

    Music Therapist and Family Counselor

    August 2005 – 2011, Indian Ridge School, West Palm Beach, FL. (561) 681-0000

  • Provide direct individual, group and family music therapy and counseling forstudents ages 6 – 18 yrs old with severe emotional disabilities.

  • Developed and implemented the first music therapy program within the PalmBeach County School District at Indian Ridge School.

  • Developed and adapted music therapy assessment procedures, treatmentprocess and evaluation protocols for working with EBD students within the educational system.

    Provider of Hurricane Workshops for Children

    June 2006 – Present, - Summer Camp programs, Day and Aftercare programs, Schools throughout Palm Beach and Broward County (part-time)
    (561) 281-7948

  • Created and released an original song compilation “Hurricane Songs for Kids,”that deals with a variety of concerns and issues related to helping childrenbetter cope with hurricanes.

  • Created and developed the “Hurricane Workshops for Kids,” an interactive,group workshop for children 4-11 years old, to help them better prepare emotionally for hurricanes

    Music Therapist and Internship Director at Hospice of Palm Beach County (Trustbridge)
    July 2002 –July 2005, 5300 East Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL., 33407 (561)-848-5200

  •  Provided direct individual and family music therapy and counseling for patients with a life-limiting illness at Hospice of Palm Beach County
  • Active participation within a multi-disciplinary team approach with HPBC teams.

  • Extensive experience working with cancer patients, including children, usingmusic therapy and counseling to address individual needs.

  • Provide music therapy services in a variety of settings including hospital and hospice inpatient units, patient homes, nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

  •  Developed Music Therapy Internship Program and supervised/trained music therapy interns.

Music Therapy Manager at Hospice of Palm Beach County (Trustbridge)

July. 2002-2004, 5300 East Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL., 33407 (561) 848-5200

  • Served as the Music Therapy Manager and AMTA Internship Director responsible for implementing comprehensive, clinical music therapy services and supervision for music therapists and music therapy interns serving hospice patients, families and children.

  • Active participation within a multi-disciplinary team approach in bereavement and with HPBC teams

  • Provided numerous internal and external educational trainings, modules, workshops and in-services on music therapy, hospice, bereavement, stress management and anticipatory grief.

  • Designed and implemented a multi-media “Life Book” pilot project to assist the teams in addressing anticipatory grief with patients and families

  • In collaboration with Robert Krout Ed.D MT-BC, designed and implemented a comprehensive research project on the therapeutic use of songwriting with bereaved teens within a new conceptual model of grief. This study was presented at the AMTA National Conference in the 2002 and has been published in “Arts in Psychotherapy.” A second article has been published in “Music Therapy Perspectives” journal in 2006.

  • Organized, created original music and provided leadership for the music therapy department for HPBC events including Reflections, Celebration of Life, and Camp Horizons

    Bereavement Music Therapist for Horizons Bereavement Center of HPBC Nov. 1998- July, 2002, 5300 East Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL., 33407 (561) 848-5200

  •  Provided direct individual, family and group music therapy and counseling as the children and adolescent Music Therapist at Horizons Bereavement Center, a program within Hospice of Palm Beach County. Worked with children, teens and families dealing with the terminal illness or death of a loved one, helping them through the grief process
  • Active participation within a multi-disciplinary team approach in bereavement and with HPBC teams

Music Therapist for Agnews Developmental Center                                   1993-98, San Jose, CA, (408) 451-6000

  • Responsible for providing music therapy, rehabilitation, behavior management and training in functional living skills for residents with developmental disabilities, Autism, Downs Syndrome, ADHD and other behavioral problems

  • Served as the president of the therapist organization coordinating and providing leadership for 15 music, art, dance and recreation therapists at the facility.

  • Developed and implemented numerous specialized programs at the facility for residents including a "Computer’s & Music Program" utilizing alternate input methods for the computer for those with disabilities

    Music Therapist for Stroke Rehabilitation Research Study

    Jan 1997-98 UCSF Mt. Zion Hospital San Francisco, CA (415) 885-7379

  •  In collaboration with neurologists Frank Wilson M.D., Gary Abrams M.D.and Nancy Byl Ph.D, participated in developing and implementing a comprehensive research study involving an innovative rehabilitation program using the computer and music technology software with stroke patients

Music Therapist for Eras Center                                                                  1990-92 Culver City, CA, (310) 838-1200

  •  Designed and implemented individualized music therapy programs for clients with Autism, Downs Syndrome, Attention Deficit Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury

Music Therapist for the John Douglas French Center for Alzhiemer's Disease

Sept. 1990-92 Los Alamitos, CA

  • Coordinated and provided music therapy services, activity planning and therapeutic programs for residents with Alzheimer’s Disease

  • Provided end of life care through music therapy for patients and familiesaddressing anticipatory grief and bereavement

    ACCOMPLISHMENTS & AWARDS

  • Recipient of the Carol Berns Service Award from the Children’s Bereavement Center in 2019 for “unparalleled dedication and compassion in the CBC grief support groups.”

  • Conducted a comprehensive research project with Nova University entitled “The Impact of Participation in Camp VITAS: A Family Grief Camp on the Grief Processing and Coping for Parents and Children,”in 2019.

  • Recipient of the 2017 Breakthrough Award from the Florida Hospice & Palliative Care Association for innovative research in music therapy involving the Music Therapy and MIDI Protocol (MTMP) for hospice patients with COPD.

  • Created Camp VITAS, a bereavement camp for children and teens who have lost a loved one 2012- present.

  • Created The Music-Thon Fundraiser to raise monies for Camp VITAS so that the camp could be offered to families at no charge 2012- present.

  • Conducted a Comprehensive Research Project on “The Music Therapy and MIDI Protocol with Patients Diagnosed with COPD,” in Broward VITAS program in 2015-2017.

  • Received “Pegasus Award” for outstanding customer service at VITAS Healthcare, Broward 2012.

  • Received “Employee of the Quarter” at Indian Ridge School April 2006.
  • CD release “Hurricane Songs for Kids” in 2006 received critical acclaim inSouth Florida media as a way of helping children cope with hurricanes.

  • Received grant monies to develop and implement a music therapy pilotprogram with Alzheimer’s patients and their families at Alzheimer’sCommunity Care Inc.

  • Nominated for “Employee of the Quarter” at Hospice of Palm Beach County(Trustbridge) April 2005.

  • Received grant monies to develop research in Music Therapy and StrokeRehabilitation at UCSF MT. Zion Medical Center

  • Received the 1996 State of California "Sustained Superior AccomplishmentAward" in Music Therapy from the governor.

  • Received the 1995 "Employee of the Year" award at Agnews DevelopmentalCenter which served over 2000 clients with developmental disabilities

  • Recipient of the California State University Music Therapy AchievementAward in 1991

    PUBLICATIONS

    * Yanguas, Dalton, Spearman, DaCosta & Dudley (2019) (in process). Impact of Participation in Family Grief Camp on Grief Processing and Coping for Parents and Children. Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Fl.

    * Dalton T. A. & Krout, R.E. (2017). Using Music Therapy-Based Songwriting to
    Support Bereaved Students. In Brown, J.A. & Jimerson,S.R.(Eds.). Supporting Bereaved Children in School. Oxford University Press.

  • Dalton T.A. (2015). The Music Therapy and MIDI Protocol with Hospice Patients diagnosed with COPD. MTspace Publishing. Lake Worth, Florida

  • Dalton T.A. (2015). Sample MSEP Review- GarageBand for iPad. In Krout, R. E. (Eds.). Evaluating electronic music technology resources for music therapy.(pp. 42-44). Barcelona Publishers LLC.
  • Dalton T.A. (2015). Sample MSEP Review- OnSong for iPad. In Krout, R. E. (Eds.) Evaluating electronic music technology resources for music therapy.(pp. 42-44). Barcelona Publishers LLC.
  • Dalton T.A. (2015). Sample MSEP Review- GarageBand for Mac. In Krout, R. E. (Eds.). Evaluating electronic music technology resources for music therapy.(pp. 42-44). Barcelona Publishers LLC.
  • Dalton T. A. & Krout, R.E. (2015). Integrative Songwriting. In Thompson, B. & Neimeyer, R.A. (Eds.). Grief and the expressive Arts: Practices for Creating Meaning. Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, New York and London.
  • Dalton, T. A. and Krout, R. E. (2006). The Grief Song-Writing Process with Bereaved Adolescents: An Integrated Grief Model and Music Therapy Protocol. Music Therapy Perspectives, Vol. 24 (2) 94-107.
  • Dalton, T. A. and Krout, R. E. (2005). Development of the Grief Process Scale through music therapy song-writing with bereaved adolescents. The Arts in Psychotherapy, 32, 131-143
  • Dalton, T. A. Chand, S., and McCaffrey, R (2000). Aesthetic Expression: Sacred Thread: An International Chant for the New Millennium. International Journal For Human Caring, Volume 4, Number 3, pp 45-46.
  • Dalton, T. A. (2000). Healing Children’s Grief Through Drumming, in The Healing Power of the Drum by Robert L. Friedman, pp. 111-114.

PRESENTATIONS

  • Dalton T.A. (2019). Music Therapy with Bereaved Children and Teens and how you can integrate music into your practice. Session and published manuscript presented at 2019 Annual NAGC Symposium on Children’s Grief, Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • Dalton T.A. (Nov, 2018). Transformative Legacy Songwriting and Recording with Hospice Patients and their Families. Session and published manuscript presented at the AMTA National Music Therapy Conference, Dallas, TX.
  • Dalton T.A. (May, 2018). Music Therapy Grand Rounds: Transformative Legacy Songwriting with Hospice Patients. Session and published manuscript presented at the Florida Hospice and Palliative Care Conference, Orlando, Florida.
  • Dalton T.A. (2017). Camp Vitas: A Family Camp. Session and published manuscript presented at 2017 Annual NAGC Symposium on Children’s Grief, Conference, San Antonio, Texas.
  • Dalton T.A. (2016). Producing a Grief Play at Camp. Session and published manuscript presented at the 2016 Annual NAGC Symposium on Children’s Grief, Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana.
  • Dalton T.A. (2015). The Music Therapy and MIDI Protocol with Hospice Patients diagnosed with COPD. Session and published manuscript presented at the AMTA National Music Therapy Conference, Kansas City, MO.
  • Dalton T.A. (2015). The Music Therapy and MIDI Protocol with Hospice Patients diagnosed with COPD. Session and unpublished manuscript presented at VITAS Healthcare COPD Committee. Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Dalton, T. A. (2015). The Grief Songwriting Process with children and teens. Session presented at the 2015 Annual NAGC Symposium on Children’s Grief, Portland, Oregon.
  • Dalton, T. (2014). Music Therapy in Hospice: Enhancing the Quality of Care,session and unpublished manuscript presented to Vitas Healthcare, General Orientation. Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Dalton, T. (2013). Music Therapy in Hospice: Enhancing the Quality of Care,Session and unpublished manuscript presented to Vitas Healthcare, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Dalton, T. (2012). Music Therapy: Enhancing the Quality of Care,Session and unpublished manuscript presented at the 2012 AlzheimerEducational Conference at the Palm Beach County Convention Center, West Palm Beach, Florida.
  • Dalton, T. (2011). Music Therapy in Hospice: Enhancing the Quality of Care,Session and unpublished manuscript presented to Vitas Innovative Hospice Care Management team of Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties, Florida at the Broward Vitas Program in Fort Lauderdale.
  • Dalton, T. (2011). Music Therapy with Patients with Alzheimer’s Disease and their Caregivers. Session and unpublished manuscript presented at the 2011 Treasure Coast Caregiver Conference, Port St. Lucie, Florida.
  • Dalton, T. (2009). Music Therapy: Enhancing the Quality of Life with Patients with Alzheimer’s Disease. Session and unpublished manuscript presented at the 2009 Alzheimer Educational Conference at the Palm Beach County Convention Center, West Palm Beach, Florida.
  • Dalton, T. (2008). Music Therapy: A Celebration of Life Through Song. Session and unpublished manuscript presented at the 2008 Alzheimer Educational Conference at the Palm Beach County Convention Center, West Palm Beach, Florida.
  • Dalton, T. (2007). The Use of Music Therapy and Clinical Songwriting with Alzheimer Patients and their Families. Session and unpublished manuscript presented at the Florida Day Care Association State Conference, Orlando, Florida.
  • Dalton, T. (2005). Clinical Songwriting with Hospice Patients and their Families: A Validation of Life. Session and unpublished manuscript presented at the annual conference of the American Music Therapy Association in Orlando, Florida.
  • Dalton, T. (2002). Song-writing: A music therapy intervention with bereaved adolescents. Workshop and unpublished manuscript presented at the Music Therapy for Bereavement symposium of the Florida Association for Music Therapy, Hospice of the Comforter, Altamonte Springs, FL.
  • Dalton, T., and Krout, R. E. (2002, November). The grief song-writing process and grief process scale: Applications with bereaved adolescents. Presented at the annual conference of the American Music Therapy Association, Atlanta, GA.
  • Dalton, T. (2001). Current grief research findings with adults, children and teens: Empirically-based models, interventions and grief measurement tools. Session and unpublished manuscript presented for Horizons Bereavement Center at Hospice of Palm Beach County, West Palm Beach, FL.
  • Dalton, T. (2000). Songs of grief and healing. Presented at Horizons Bereavement Center of Hospice of Palm Beach County, West Palm Beach, FL.
  • Dalton, T. (1999). The use of song-writing in working with children in bereavement. Session and unpublished manuscript presented at the Fall Continuing Education Workshops of the Florida Association for Music Therapy: "Music Therapy in Hospice and Palliative Care,” West Palm Beach, FL.

CD RECORDINGS

  • Dalton, T. (2017). Mind Over Matter. Songs on compact disk and available on CDBABY at http://store.cdbaby.com/Artist/TomDalton1. MTspace Productions. Lake Worth, Florida.
  • Dalton, T. (2014). A Beautiful Death. Song on compact disk and on CDBABY at http://store.cdbaby.com/Artist/TomDalton1. MTspace Productions. Lake Worth, Florida.
  • Dalton, T. (2012). Tree of Life. Songs on compact disk and available on CDBABY at http://store.cdbaby.com/Artist/TomDalton1. MTspace Productions. Lake Worth, Florida.
  • Dalton, T. (2012). My Life is Changing. Songs on compact disk and available on CDBABY at http://store.cdbaby.com/Artist/TomDalton1. MTspace Productions. Lake Worth, Florida.
  • Dalton, T. (2012). Songs From The Heart. Songs on compact disk and available on CDBABY at http://store.cdbaby.com/Artist/TomDalton1. MTspace Productions. Lake Worth, Florida.
  • Dalton, T. (2011). Unbroken Dreams. Songs on compact disk and available on CDBABY at http://store.cdbaby.com/Artist/TomDalton1. MTspace Productions. Lake Worth, Florida.
  • Dalton, T. (2011). Infinite Horizons. Songs on compact disk and available on CDBABY at http://store.cdbaby.com/Artist/TomDalton1. MTspace Productions. Lake Worth, Florida.
  • Dalton, T. (2006). When the Hurricane Comes. Songs on compact disk and available on CDBABY at http://store.cdbaby.com/Artist/TomDalton1. MTspace Productions.Lake Worth, Florida.
  • Dalton, T. (2006). Hurricane Songs for Kids. Songs on compact disk and available on CDBABY at http://store.cdbaby.com/Artist/TomDalton1. MTspace Productions. Lake Worth, Florida.
  • Dalton, T. (2006). Visualize. Songs on compact disk and available on CDBABY at http://store.cdbaby.com/Artist/TomDalton1. MTspace Productions. Lake Worth, Florida
  • Dalton, T., and Brown, C. (2004). Caring For Self: Positive Thoughts and Uplifting Music. Compact disk recording and available on CDBABY at http://store.cdbaby.com/Artist/TomDalton1. Lake Worth, Florida.
  • Dalton, T. (2000). Sacred Thread. Compact disk recording and available on CDBABY at http://store.cdbaby.com/Artist/TomDalton1. Lake Worth, Florida.

References provided on request

 

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