Helen G. Dolas, MS, MT-BC has a BA in Music Therapy and an MS in Special Education from California State University, Long Beach.
Celebrating it’s 30th anniversary in 2012, Professor Dolas founded Arts & Services for Disabled, Inc. (now called Able Arts Work ) in 1982, a nonprofit organization that has provided quality creative arts education and therapy, driven by a ìLove before Learningî philosophy, to over 4,000 individuals with disabilities. In this capacity, she supervises and trains approximately 65 employees and 600 community volunteers. As one of the largest employers of music therapists in the region, Ms. Dolas has been the Clinical Training Director of her American Music Therapy Association (AMTA)-approved music therapy internship program since 1984.
As an adjunct professor at Chapman University, she has established several new music therapy clinical training sites: at a private school for youth with autism, at a center that serves traumatized at-risk youth, and at UC Irvine Medical Center’s Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center.Professor Dolas also teaches Music Therapy classes at California State University Northridge (CSUN).
Ms. Dolas is currently partnering with two other music therapists to establish the International Foundation for the Healing Arts to promote the development of music therapy services. In 2008 and 2009, Ms. Dolas was invited by Her Highness Sheikah Mozah of Doha Qatar in the Middle East as one of 15 US delegates to participate in the Third Annual International Forum of Children with Special Needs. Ms. Dolas has received numerous awards including a National Model Program Award at the US Senate from the National Coalition of Creative Art Therapies (2002), the Betty Isern Howrey Award – the highest award in the Western Region AMTA (2006), and the National Professional Practice Award from the AMTA (2007).
Professor Dolas also serves on the advisory board of the PLAY MUSIC-ENJOY LIFE! piano series for Music and Wellness..