Beth Killian – A Trailblazer in Music, Mental Health, and Healing

With a potent blend of passion and expertise, Beth Killian has carved out a niche for herself as a licensed clinical social worker, workshop facilitator, and team leader. Her decade-long career has seen her excel in group facilitation, teaching, curriculum development, and counseling, always with an unwavering focus on using creative expression as a means for healing and growth.

Beth’s journey began at Providence College, where she spearheaded the development of LGBTQ+ Safe Space workshops for peers, campus leaders, and administrators. This early success became the foundation for her commitment to creating trauma-informed curriculum and programming for individuals of all ages.

While obtaining her Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from Smith College, Beth collaborated with medical professionals to develop music programming for geriatric and palliative care clients. This experience allowed her to merge her love for music-making with her dedication to fostering resilience, healing, and rest.

As a professional musician and songwriter hailing from a family of musicians, Beth has first-hand experience with the power of music, dance, and expressive arts in promoting healing. Her unique approach has taken her from community centers to college classrooms, corporate summits, long-term care facilities, hospitals, and even the set of The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, where she used songwriting to spark conversations around public health.

During her time as the Lead Educator at an international arts-and-wellness nonprofit, Beth successfully managed a team of 25 facilitators, working tirelessly to create spaces on college campuses that destigmatize mental illness and promote wellness. She now independently consults and contracts with the Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective, Half Full, LLC, and Polaris Counseling and Consulting, continuing her mission at the intersection of creative expression, mental wellness, and social justice.

Beth resides in Providence, Rhode Island, seamlessly balancing her roles as a clinician, musician, and consultant. Her vision is to create and support spaces where music, movement, and play take center stage, unlocking joy, meaning, and connectivity for all.