Today we continue our series of posts highlighting some of the great continuing education opportunities at the 2015 AMTA conference. Remember, even if you’ve already registered for the conference itself, you can still register for CMTEs. Some sessions do have space limits, so sign up soon!




Counseling Techniques in Music Therapy

Lori Gooding, PhD, MT-BC

Thursday, November 12, 7:30a- 12:30p

What will you be sharing?

During this CMTE, I will share simple yet effective communication skills and explore how they can be used effectively in counseling-based music therapy settings.


What is your experience with this topic? 

As a music therapist I have had the opportunity to provide music therapy services in a variety of behavioral health and medical settings. This work has included leading music therapy groups for children, adolescents, adults, and geriatric patients, as well as for patients and their families. I have taught CMTEs on counseling skills at the local and regional levels, and developed counseling-based courses for both graduate and undergraduate students.


Where will attendees be able to implement the information you share?  

The skills learned in this course will be useful in all areas of music therapy, but are especially helpful in areas that incorporate a great deal of verbal processing. Perhaps equally as important (or more so in some cases!), the skills learned in this course will also help you communicate more effectively with colleagues and administrators.


Tell us something that makes your CMTE unique or different.  

I will teach you how to talk to your significant other so that they will actually listen!! 🙂

(Well, not really, but I can give you some wonderful building blocks that can improve your communication both in and outside of the therapy setting.)


Why is this topic of interest to you? 

As a therapist I have worked with many patients who struggled with communication, so I have seen firsthand how important strong communication skills are for success in life. As a teacher, I have watched students with wonderful therapeutic ideas struggle to effectively communicate them to patients. I have seen the difference even simple counseling/communication skills can make when implemented effectively.


Who should attend your class? 

Anyone who wants to better develop their communication/counseling skills!!


What kind of information will attendees be walking away with?

Attendees will walk away with practical skills that they can use in all music therapy settings!


This is a frequently requested CMTE topic and one that can benefit all music therapists, so don’t miss out – sign up today!

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