2013 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.
Thursday, April 4
Theresa McManus, LCAT, MM, MT-BC «bio»
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.
Robert Miller, MS, MT-BC «bio»
The aim of this session is to stuff the songwriting toolkit with in-the-moment songwriting formats beyond fill-in-the-blank and blues, and to provide guitar tips and techniques to match. We will explore techniques such as creating songs from scratch and improvising songs as well as creating spontaneous fill in the blank and piggyback types of songs. Blues will also be discussed. All of the songwriting techniques presented are designed to be implemented and completed within a single session. Guitar skills will focus on expanding the functionality of open chords, provide tips for incorporating barre and moveable chords, and explore various types of strumming to match the overall style and feel of original records. Participants are encouraged to bring their guitars, as time will be given for leading and practicing these techniques.
This CMTE will focus on working within a creative and improvisational approach to music therapy, while incorporating a working developmental model of treating individuals on the autism spectrum. The core deficits of autism will be discussed in accordance within the DIR®/Floortime™ model, and different techniques and theories of working in improvisational music therapy will be examined. The course will be part didactic and part experiential. The instructors will present a variety of video case material as a point of departure for conceiving how improvisational music therapy addresses the core deficits of autism in both individual and group work. Of key importance is the idea of working across a range of emotions—providing insight into how music can be created to meet the dynamic emotional needs of individuals on the autism spectrum. In addition, instructors will include a variety of ways to support parents of individuals with autism through coaching, consultation, and parent-child session work. Throughout the course, the instructors will use a variety of improvisational experiences to illustrate key concepts and to develop clinical resources and techniques.
Ariel Avissar, MA, MT-BC, LCAT «bio»
This CMTE will provide a comprehensive guide as to how performance groups, recording, and various applications of music technology afford the clinician a deeper and more potent way to reach clients with various mental health challenges from mild to serious. Workshop will involve active review of examples and practical applications, methods and techniques, budget guidelines and considerations, and participants will collaborate on making working templates and program development plan for immediate integration into professional practice.
Today's technology offers a variety of online applications that can be used to your advantage as a professional - whether it be growing a private practice, building your professional network, or staying current on 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.
The use of story songs in therapy originated with the work of Paul Nordoff and Clive Robbins. Story songs were used as a form of social integration, source of stimulation, and as a way to enrich the children’s emotional life. This presentation will examine and explore the particular story of The Journey of the Noble Gnarble and how it was used with a group of children to facilitate feelings of responsibility, independence, pleasure and success. Stories like the Journey of the Noble Gnarble help children tap into their potential for growth by bringing characters and music to life. The primary focus of this presentation is to expand the participants’ knowledge of working with children through story songs in a music-centered framework.
Saturday, April 6
Mark Ahola, MM, LCAT, MT-BC «bio»
This workshop will break down guitar skills for intermediate players who understand basic barre chords and syncopated strum patterns. Focus will be on left/right hand techniques, fingerboard theory, popular music styles (jazz, rock, country, folk, ska), scales, improvisation, and creating song arrangements. Guitars are not provided.
The art of songwriting is a blend of creativity, inspiration, and song craft. Learn strategies, skills, and songwriting secrets to unlock the musical ideas, understandings, and abilities within you. Discover ways to design song interventions to foster therapeutic outcomes and create a “musical garden” full of variety, color, and style.
Michael Rohrbacher, PhD, MT-BC «bio» “Gamelan Angklung," (metallophones, gongs, flutes and drums from Bali) will be used leading to participant-mastery of basic skills. Discussion includes gamelan in its cultural context and therapeutic uses at a psychiatric hospital. Given the interrelatedness of arts and religion in Bali, concepts from medical ethnomusicology and community music therapy are explored, including cross-cultural applications. Fieldwork videos highlight main points.
An emerging area that NYS LCAT licensees must become aware of is that of the 11 Practice Guidelines that all NYS 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.
Maya Benattar, MA, MT-BC, LCAT «bio»
This CMTE will explore how the creative and flexible use of improvisation can create opportunities for spontaneity, connection and empowerment when working with people living in long-term care, regardless of diagnosis. Through the awareness of a creative space and the deep human need for spontaneity and flow, music therapists can help create meaningful musical interactions at a variety of levels. The psychosocial needs of long-term care residents, as related to Maslow’s pyramid of needs, will be presented. Sample interventions related to improvisation will be presented, along with opportunities for experientials and discussion.
Adaptive Music Techniques with the Jamboxx: A revolutionary new musical device for people with disabilities. Our unique design leverages computer software to allow hundreds of musical instruments from saxophone to percussion, violin to French horn to be played with the ease and simplicity of a harmonica. Mike DiCesare from My Music Machines, Inc. will present on the topic of adaptive musical instruments designed specifically for the disabled community.