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September 20, 2018

Music Lifts Step By Step Program


Written by: John DeRousie, Custom Marketing Solutions
Fulton, NY – Participants in the Step By Step Wellness program are discovering the joy and power of music.

Established by Peer Generalist, Derrick Hart, the programs new music therapy sessions have been a welcome addition to the programs and activities that the Step By Step Wellness program offers its participants.

Derek Hart, standing, leads a music therapy session at the Step By Step Wellness program.  A program of Catholic Charities of Oswego County, the Step By step Wellness program offers a variety of services to adults diagnosed with a mental illness. The program is located at Catholic Charities’ offices, 365 W. First St. in Fulton.

Derek Hart, standing, leads a music therapy session at the Step By Step Wellness program. A program of Catholic Charities of Oswego County, the Step By step Wellness program offers a variety of services to adults diagnosed with a mental illness. The program is located at Catholic Charities’ offices, 365 W. First St. in Fulton.

Since joining the Step By Step Wellness program, Derrick, who himself is a musician, has been anxious to begin a music program.  It is a program that he has built from scratch with Derrick contributing some instruments and leading the sessions.

“Music is a very important part of my life.  I enjoy sharing my love of music with others and seeing the smiles on their faces,” said Hart.

The Step By Step Wellness program’s music therapy sessions include both structured and unstructured formats.  Hart said that members have access to instruments at various other times as well.

“We have received tremendously positive feedback from participants regarding our music therapy sessions. They enjoy coming together to make music and appreciate each other’s company and talents,” said Hart.

According to Step By Step Wellness program Coordinator, Pam Peeling, the music therapy sessions are an excellent addition to the many presentations and workshops that the program offers.

“The Step By Step Wellness program uses a wellness recovery model that provides an variety of services to adults diagnosed with a mental illness. Our wide array of services, which include; exercise classes, life enrichment classes, fun time, and now music therapy, are focused to support clients with their recovery, promote wellness, and combat the stigma of mental illness. These programs help individuals increase their self-esteem, establish group affiliations, and maintain independence in the community,” said Peeling.

The Step By Step Wellness Program is available Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Workshops and other programs are open to all clients.

For more information on the Step By Step Wellness program, or learn about becoming a participant, contact Peeling at 315-598-3980 ext. 251.

Catholic Charities of Oswego County serves all people in need regardless of their religious affiliation.

Primary funding sources for Catholic Charities of Oswego County’s programs are the United Way of Greater Oswego County, the Diocesan Hope Appeal, the County of Oswego and private donations by individuals and local companies and organizations.

One Response “Music Lifts Step By Step Program”

  1. May 20, 2012 at 2:37 pm

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