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Megan Smith, MT-BC, LCAT, IMH-E®, Infant Mental Health Specialist, is the Project Manager of the new Mary Ellen Institute (MEI) at SPCC in Rochester, NY. MEI was created to increase access to and build professional capacity in Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health and Reflective Supervision through training, consultation, and support. Megan is also co-founder and executive director of 501(c)3 Alice’s Encore: Community Music & Mindfulness, Inc. Megan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Therapy from Nazareth College and a Master’s Degree in Music Therapy and Counseling from Drexel University. As a music therapist and family trauma therapist, she has worked across the lifespan in educational, medical, behavioral health, and child welfare systems with a focus on children 0-6 and parent-child relationships. Her clinical and academic research has included Group Music Therapy for Empathy and Self-Esteem Development in Children, and Development of a Model for Music Therapy in the Pediatric Emergency Department. She currently co-facilitates training and presentations on the topics of Trauma, Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health, Systemic Racism, and Reflective Supervision at the local and national level. In her current role, Megan feels privileged to do the relationship-building work of advocating about the importance of holding the baby in mind across all child-serving systems. Megan highly values the intersection of present-moment reflective practice and curiosity as a necessary foundation for professionals who are doing work that requires vulnerability within relationships.