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2014 Regional Conference

Continuing Music Therapy Education (CMTE)

The following CMTE courses are approved by the CBMT for 5 CMTE credits (unless otherwise specified) to be awarded upon completion. Unless otherwise specified, pre-registration and fee are required. Credits awarded are accepted by the NBCC. The MAR-AMTA (#P-065) maintains responsibility for program quality adherence to CBMT policies and criteria. There will be two 10-minute breaks during the CMTE courses.

Please refer to this explanation by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) regarding [ How to Meet the New Ethics Requirements ] when selecting CMTEs or planning Concurrent Session attendance for this purpose.

Thursday, April 10

A. Clinical Guitar Improvisation: Simplified 5-hour

Roia Rafieyan, MA, MT-BC «bio»

Are you feeling limited by your “functional” guitar skills? Does it seem as if you’re using the same chord progressions over and over? Do you avoid improvising on the guitar? Come and renew your relationship with this essential music therapy instrument. We’ll start with one-note improvisations, playing with various musical elements, and then we’ll explore and play around with different musical styles. Bring along examples of your improvisation challenges, and we’ll practice thinking through and figuring out how to approach these using the guitar with greater confidence, creativity and dexterity.

B. Simple Solutions: Concrete Ideas for Using Improvisation 5-hour

Beth Deyermond, MT-BC; Conio Loretto, MS, LCAT, MT-BC «bio»

This CMTE, geared towards new and seasoned professionals hoping to learn more about clinical improvisation, will focus on using improvised music on the piano and will concentrate on the training in some of the traditional styles of improvisation. Participants do not have to have strong piano skills to attend– knowledge and new skills will be learned at each level of proficiency. This training will be tailored to the skills and interests of participants.

C. What Happens in Cyberspace, Stays in Cyberspace: Ethical Issues in Technology 5-hour

Debbie Bates, MMT, MT-BC «bio»

Social media, cloud computing, and computer-mediated communication have evolved at an astonishing rate. Music therapists routinely use these tools to communicate, to advertise, and to facilitate aspects of clinical practice. Through didactic and experiential exercises, this presentation will review ethics foundations, explore the risks and benefits of technology in music therapy practice, inherent ethical dilemmas, and provide suggestions for ethical implementation. This CMTE meets the CBMT requirements for Ethics training as part of the recertification process.

D. Music Therapy Special Education Assessment Scale: A Scored Assessment Model 5-hour

Colleen Bradfield, LCAT, MT-BC «bio»
Christopher Gold, MA, LCAT, MT-BC «bio»
Mary White, LCAT, MT-BC MT-SEAS «bio»

Music Therapy Special Education Assessment Scale, is a strength-based evaluation designed for students with special needs. Based on child development and the SEMTAP model, the MT-SEAS tests specific areas of need on the lEP and Common Core standards. The MT-SEAS produces numeric scores that compare a child’s responses in music and non-music settings.

E. Bio-guided Music Therapy: Utilizing Live Physiological Data to Inform Therapeutic Music Intervention 5-hour

Eric B. Miller, Ph.D. MT-BC, BCB «bio»

This course focuses on utilizing real-time physiological data-driven music therapy for stress, anxiety, hypertension, migraine, ADHD, Raynaud’s, & other disorders. In this workshop format, participants gain hands-on experience creating musical environments based on heart rate, skin conductance and EEG brainwaves. Basic concepts relating to music and the brain will be reviewed.

F. AMTA Internship CMTE 5-hour (FREE)

This course reviews the National Roster Internship guidelines and application process, the AMTA Professional Competencies as a foundation for training, and basic internship supervision strategies.  It fulfills the supervision training requirements for National Roster Internship Directors but is open and applicable to all music therapy internship supervisors.

G. Reducing Stress through Analytical Music Therapy Techniques 3-hour (3 CMTEs)

Seung-A Kim, PhD, LCAT, MT-BC «bio»

Due to the complexity of modern society, the degree of stress that people experience daily has been greater than ever before. Therefore, reducing stress has been an important topic for the music therapy profession. This workshop emphasizes the benefits of Analytical Music Therapy (AMT) techniques to help individuals in reducing and preventing stress. Chronic stress can be detrimental to one’s well-being. It may also have a prolonged effect on their lives. Well-documented and tested strategies will be discussed and using music as a prevention strategy will also be demonstrated. Through experiential methods, this workshop offers an opportunity for music therapists to learn reducing stress through analytical music therapy techniques while also promoting prevention of their own stress.


Saturday, April 12

H. Advanced Guitar Skills-Enriching Your Play Through Harmony 5-hour

Mark Ahola, MM, LCAT, MT-BC «bio»

In this CMTE workshop, the use of extended/altered chords and fingerboard theory will be applied to popular, traditional, blues, and jazz songs. Rich chords should be part of one's music vocabulary as they directly affect and reflect client experiences. They are also necessary to effectively perform many music styles. One prerequisite is that participants already know and play basic barre chords. Guitars are not provided.

I. Functional Piano for Music Therapists: An Exploration of Styles 5-hour

Josh Massicot, MM «bio»

Music therapists working with diverse populations utilize their piano skills in myriad ways: as improvisers, composers, song stylists, cover artists, and teachers. While the keyboard experience and past training of each music therapist is diverse, there is little in the way of a systematic approach to the many specific techniques and genres required of the professional.

This session will feature a hands-on workshop by an author, pianist, and collegiate faculty member who prioritizes these skills in the training of undergraduate and graduate music therapy majors. A review of basic accompaniment techniques will begin the workshop, and will lay the groundwork for an approach that explores such diverse genres as blues, gospel, rock, Latin, and jazz, and includes an approach to improvising and composing in modes. During each unit, workshop participants will have the opportunity to practice techniques and discuss an approach to developing functional pianism.

J. Music Therapy 2.0: Cultivating an Online Presence for Professional Success 5-hour

Megan Resig, LCAT, MT-BC «bio»
Wade Richards, LCAT, MT-BC «bio»

Today’s technology offers a variety of online applications that can be used to your advantage as a professional, whether to you’re your private practice, build your professional network, or stay current with the latest music therapy research and trends. This hands-on CMTE will focus on getting to know some of the latest and greatest online tools, as well as highlighting specific ways that these tools can be implemented in your practice. 

K. An Introduction to the Practice Guidelines for New York State Licensed Mental Health Practitioners 5-hour (FREE)

Donna W. Polen, LCAT, MT-BC «bio»

An emerging area that NYS LCAT licensees must become aware of is that of the Practice Guidelines that all NYS Licensed Mental Health Practitioners must adhere to. Similar to the AMTA Code of Ethics and the CBMT Code of Professional Practice, the NYS Practice Guidelines supplement the law and regulations and are meant to “help licensed mental health practitioners to better understand what might lead to professional practice complaints and to take steps to eliminate or minimize those situations.” [ NYS OP website ] This session will provide participants with a copy of the Practice Guidelines and detailed discussion of their application to practice as well as the opportunity to strategize responses to various practice scenarios. **This CMTE is an expansion of the CMTE offered at the 2012 MAR-­‐AMTA Conference in Scranton.** This CMTE meets the CBMT requirements for Ethics training as part of the recertification process.

L. Journey to the Heart of Hurt: Multimodal Treatment of Young Trauma Survivors 5-hour

Amy Clarkson, MMT, LCAT, MT-BC, CP «bio»
Allyn Sitjar, MA, LCAT, RDT «bio»
Macheis Wind «bio»
Erica Bogart, MA «bio»

Within this interactive, experiential workshop, participants will explore how music, movement, art, drama, and psychodrama can support the therapeutic journeys of children who have been exposed to domestic violence and related traumas. Aspects of childhood trauma and the impact of core hurts on children’s developing sense of self will be examined. Participants will have opportunities to experience how each therapeutic modality can help children feel empowered to move through the different stages of their healing journeys so that the negative effects of past trauma are reduced. The value and potential benefits of integrating therapeutic techniques from the different creative arts therapies will be highlighted, and ways to begin that integration within one’s own practice will be discussed.

M. Speech/music therapy co-treatment: A fully collaborative model, serving individuals with developmental disabilities 3-hour (3 CMTEs)

April Mounts, LCAT, MT-BC «bio»
Karen Skahill, MT-BC; Jason Willey, MMT, MT-BC «bio»
Tricia Coleman, CCC-SLP/L «bio»
Tasha Lais, CCC-SLP/L «bio»
Katherine M. Lyel, CCC-SLP/L «bio»

This CMTE will be an in-depth exploration of the development and implementation of a creative and integrative speech and music therapy service delivery model at Mary Cariola Children’s Center in Rochester, NY. Speech therapists co-presenting this CMTE will provide insight into the collaborative co-treatment experience. Video footage of case studies will illustrate the collaboration between disciplines within, and outside of the music therapy setting. The uses of co-treatment will be divided in to three main categories: achieving communicative readiness through music-facilitated sensory integration, using music as a vehicle for language acquisition, and capitalizing on the individual’s innate musicality and motivation to participate. Small group discussions will provide attendees the opportunity to engage in personalized interactions with music/speech therapist teams.

N. Listening Deeply: How Guided Imagery and Music Can Inform Your Clinical Work 3-hour (3 CMTEs)

Suzannah Scott-Moncrieff, MA, LCAT, MT-BC, Fellow of the Association of Music and Imagery «bio»

Come and learn about ways to be more deeply receptive to music, and facilitate deeper receptivity in your clients. Guided Imagery and Music (GIM) is an advanced method that encourages trainees and their clients to listen deeply to music in order to experience inner transformation. This CMTE will invite you to consider yours and your clients’ listening stances, and discuss ways that GIM principles can inform your work, and increase the efficacy of music in your everyday music therapy practice.