Today we feature another one of the unique 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!





Psychotherapy-  Where Does It Fit In Your Music Therapy Practice?



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Barbara Dunn, PhD, LICSW, MT-BC & Christine Routhier, MA, MT-BC, LMHC

Wednesday, November 11, 2015, 12:30p- 6:30p (6 credits)



What is your institute?

This is an advanced practice institute that explores integrating music therapy techniques with a verbal approach to therapy. The approach will extend beyond active listening and basic counseling skills, and primarily draw on (but not be limited to) mindfulness-based cognitive therapies. Music therapy techniques, such as Imagery & Music and Improvisation, will be highlighted and used to support and deepen the therapeutic process. How to run a successful psychotherapy/music therapy private practice will also be addressed.



The presenters both have private psychotherapy/music therapy practices with combined experience of more than 55 years. Barbara ( is a licensed clinical social worker with extra experience and training in trauma work, mediation, and ethnomusicology. Christine ( is a licensed mental health counselor and a GIM fellow.


Learning Format and Application of the Information

Attendees will be able to explore this work during the institute through experiential learning and discussion formats. They will be able to directly apply some of the ideas and techniques directly to their practice, provided it is within their scope of expertise and practice.


This will be an active, informative, and inspirational institute. We will balance didactic with experiential in a way that enlivens the process and enhances learning. It will be a way to more fully explore the potential of music to address challenging clinical issues, not as an adjunct but as a integral component of the healing process.


Who Should Attend


We are very excited about this topic and about being part of advancing the practice of music therapy in unique and important ways. This class will best serve music therapists who have already gotten some advanced training in counseling. It is the class that will help to more fully integrate those counseling skills with music therapy skills and practice.


This institute is a wonderful opportunity to explore advanced practice skills. Sign up today!


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