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The Healing Power of Music Workshop Series: Music Matters Edition, presented by IV Charis | I Hear Music In The Air 2023

IV Charis Presents The Healing Power of Music Workshop Series: Music Matters Edition @ I Hear Music In The Air 2023

Price: $25.00 (includes lunch)

Workshop Series Overview

Music holds value individually and collectively. It has been intricately woven into society’s fabric, and held individuals, entities, and movements together for more than two centuries. From ancient medical practices to modern day science, music has been consulted for its’ vast healing properties. This series offers participants the chance to unpack the gift known as music while identifying its’ neurological impact. Additionally, participants will learn how to pivot amid challenging times with music as a navigation tool. Lastly, participants will have the opportunity to depart with 2-3 practical applications that promotes positive emotional health and well-being. We will also have lunch for each workshop registrant ( this cost is already included in the registration fee).


Workshop 1: Vicarious Trauma: Second Hand Experiences | Presented by: Whayne Herriford, Clinical Therapist & Mamie Harris, Certified Community Health Worker

 9/11/2001, Mass Shootings, Police Brutality, Injustice, Mass Incarceration, Tyre Nichols, Breonna Taylor, and so much more. When you see these items/names listed, how did you feel? This session is designed to unpack those silent answers to previous question. Simply put - Vicarious Trauma is the effect(s) we feel based on a traumatic event that impacted someone else.

We may not have experienced it firsthand, but we feel the residual effects. This interactive session is designed to unpack vicarious trauma, its’ individual and collective effects, and practical tips and tools to take to navigate this challenge. The traumatic event may belong to another individual, but the pain and after-effects resides with more than that person. It’s time to name it, face it, and heal from it.

Workshop 2: Music Matters: Healing from the Inside Out Presented by: Dr. Camisha Chambers, PROSCI Certified | IV Charis

 What if we told you that not only does music sound good, but it can work just like medicine and heal an individual from the inside out? Music has vast properties, and this session will outline the physical, mental, and emotional effects in one’s life. Music is so powerful; it can help one speak again after surviving a brain injury and unlock an individual’s memory. It can boost our mood when depression and anxiety find its’ way into one’s life. Music can control our perspective and views on life. It can offer physical healing and restoration in one’s body and so much more.

 Come learn more about the life partner you didn’t know you needed until now!


Workshop 3: Music Matters: Finding Your Story and Healing Through Music + The Business Of Music Presented by: Charles Jenkins, National Recording Artist & Stephanie Aguila, VP - Small Business Community Lender, Fifth Third Bank

Storytelling has been linked to trauma healing and it is important to remind each participant just how much they – and their story – matter. When we tell our individual stories, we discover that we are not alone in this world. Isolation is a silent killer, and finding community helps one to stay connected and beat feelings of being alone. This workshop is dedicated to participants writing and sharing their definition / perspective on storytelling.  Participants will have the space to come fully alive - and realize how powerful they are - by scribing their own story in a personal journal that will become a keepsake. This session adopts the storytelling model from artists at Stillwell and will employ the “4 P’s: People, Place, Plot, and Purpose” as a template for the development of one’s story. During the session, participants will witness the story of the presenter/facilitator, Dr. Jenkins, and learn how music saved his life. Additionally, participants will have the chance to share their respective story, if desired. They will also discover how music can accompany them. Attendees will also learn about how to step into the music industry and to build a business & brand. Stephanie Aguilar, VP - Small Business Community Lender at Fifth Third Bank will share tools and resources that are helpful for business owners as part of their commitment to make a difference through community reinvestment and economic development. The session will conclude with the understanding of why music matters in an individual’s life via the development of 2-3 themed musical playlists.


Workshop 4: The Steps to Trauma Recovery Presented by: Gene Hoskins, LPA, HSP / National Recording Artist

 Life can come at us in traumatic ways that we never expected. While it may feel difficult and unbearable, healing and overcoming is very much within reach. While there is no “cookie cutter” approach to this topic, there are foundational steps each individual can take that brings them one steps closer to healing from those painful emotional wounds.

 The National Institute on Health has concluded that there are many social determinants of mental health/trauma. Despite the complex layers, it is safe to say that trauma has been a uniting point for individuals of all backgrounds. This workshop is designed to outline and discuss the practical steps a person can take towards recovering from trauma with scientifically proven methods. 

Workshop Clinicians

Dr. Camisha A. Chambers, PROSCI Certified

Camisha Chambers is a Cincinnati native. She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, and her Master of Science in Organizational Leadership from Mount St. Joseph University. She holds a PROSCI Change Management Designation and is a certified Therapeutic Art Life Coach. Camisha dedicates her life to the betterment of others, and her passion comes alive whenever she can serve others. She is responsible for multiple local, regional, and statewide community initiatives, and her program initiatives have touched the lives of over 50,000 individuals combined. Camisha is a member of C-Change Class V, a young professional program with the Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, she loves helping others create a path to healing and wholeness in their lives so they can be their best self.

From 2013 - 2017, Camisha sat at the table in Washington, DC shaping federal policy around HIV/AIDS. In 2014, she served as a Principal Investigator for a year-long HIV research study with African American Churches and the UC Academic Research team. This project ended with a publication in the International Journal of Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement. She has also developed several Health Braintrust workshop sessions for the Congressional Black Caucus under the direction of former Congresswoman Donna Christensen. Currently, she is Associate Pastor at the United Methodist Church for All People in Columbus, Ohio and the Executive Director of the Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts. She has her Doctor of Ministry from United Theological Seminary that focuses on “Spiritual Cultivation and Trauma Healing Through Music Therapy” in places of worship and community settings. She is well-versed in the areas of strategic planning, mobilization, change management, organizational development / branding, and networking / relationship building. Camisha is very career, goal, and task oriented and takes immense pride in organizing stellar mobilization programs throughout the city of Cincinnati and State of Ohio.

Mamie Harris, Certified Community Health Worker

Mamie Harris’ life experience as a pastor’s wife for 28 years has geared her towards working with the underserved population.  On June 11, 2005, she graduated from the African American HIV University in Los Angeles, CA, receiving certification in the area of HIV. In 2020, she was certified as a community health worker.

Mamie learned about pathogenesis, epidemiology, and pharmacokinetics.  She traveled between Cincinnati and Los Angeles, California as a recipient of a two-year Fellowship presented to her by the Black AIDS Institute. Her dedication, taking advantage to increase her knowledge of the HIV virus as she attends seminars, trainings, and workshops, has earned Mrs. Harris the reputation of one who “cares.”

IV-CHARIS (Compassionate Hearts, Assisting, Restoring, Instructing, and Serving) founded by Mrs. Harris in March 2000 and certified by the Ohio Department of Health in HIV Client Centered Counseling has touched the lives of over 50,000 individuals educating them about HIV/AIDS/STD/Hep C/Trauma.  Those testing HIV positive are referred for confirmatory testing, medical evaluation, case management, partner notification and family counseling. The organization expanded its’ program portfolio into trauma-informed care work from a culturally competent perspective in 2015.  

Because of her dedication, care for the community, and desire to make a difference, Ms. Harris is a much sought-after voice for intergenerational crowds throughout the state of Ohio and beyond. She is also a member of Leadership CincinnatiUSA Class 32. Her 22-year-old organization has a strong and trusted brand within the community of producing high-quality programming with life-lasting results for clients and surrounding community members.

Whayne Herriford, Clinical Therapist

Whayne Herriford is a practicing mental health professional with private practices in Cincinnati and Newport.  In 2019 he retired after 35 years of HR executive leadership experience in organizations including Hewlett Packard Company, Stanford University, Dignity Healthcare and KnowledgeWorks Foundation.  He completed the certification program to be a Certified Diversity Executive in 2019 and consults locally with organizations on DEI related projects.  Whayne was a member of Leadership Cincinnati 40 (2016-2017), a member of Leadership Northern Kentucky class of 2021 and recently completed the Leadership Kentucky 2022 class.  He is on the board of Found House- Interfaith Hospitality Network of Cincinnati, is the Secretary of EC Learn and is a board member of Cincinnati Red Bike. He is the Chair of the City of Bellevue’s Human Rights Commission and was recently appointed to the Kentucky Bar Association’s Inquiry Commission.  He has an MS in Clinical Mental Health from NKU, an MBA from Stanford University and a BA in Education from Antioch College. 

Charles Jenkins, National Recording Artist

Charles Jenkins is celebrated as a man of faith, connector, deal maker, problem solver, community builder, entrepreneur, and humanitarian. For 20 years he served as the senior pastor of the historic Fellowship Baptist Church in Chicago. His impactful service drew thousands of new members, while he implemented and championed dynamic life-changing community based programming. Charles’ transformational leadership is diverse and has been key in securing thousands of new jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue for Chicago. Jenkins is also a multi award-winning songwriter and acclaimed gospel artist with GRAMMY® recognition, Billboard #1 honors, Stellar Awards, and more. Charles is a member of Morehouse College’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Board of Scholars and Preachers, a recipient of of BET Networks Icon Man of Change Award, Black Enterprise Magazine’s Urban Business Game-changer Award, and Illinois’ Gift of Hope Life Saving Partner Award for leading national efforts that garnered  thousands of new organ donors in African American communities. Charles is currently a fashion executive leading effort to design a collection in Paris, France.

Gene Hoskins, LPA, HSP/ National Recording Artist

A native of Charlotte, NC, gospel artist Gene Hoskins has toured as a background vocalist for Jonathan Nelson and Maranda Curtis, and served for Todd Dulaney and Micah Stampley, among numerous others gospel greats. In addition to his music ministry, he owns his own psychology practice called Peace of Mind Psychological Services, PLLC located in Durham.Hoskins is featured on Jonathan Nelson’s single “I Agree,” Maranda Curtis’ “Nobody Like You Lord Reprise” and Pastor John P. Kee’s “I Made it Out. 4 Kings Remix.” He is also currently featured in a movie written by Pastor John P. Kee entitled The Lost Song. Hoskins garnered widespread attention in 2019 as an independent artist with the release of his EP The Undefeated, which peaked at #7 on the Billboard’s Gospel Charts. Gene Hoskins counts it a blessing, and privilege to minster on and off the stage to God’s people. He realizes that even on his best day and in his best strength, he is still unworthy of the favor that God has granted.

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