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, March 19

Thursday, March 19

A. Finding Freedom at the Piano: Expanding Clinical Improvisational Skills Through Innovative Methods
5 hour CMTE

Stacey Hensel, MA, LCAT, MT-BC, Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapist (bio)

This CMTE will offer a variety of ways to expand clinical musicianship at the piano. This will be explored through creative hands-on techniques, role-play and assessment. Improvisational exercises will be introduced in fun, innovative ways, allowing you immediately expand your skills and give direction for future practice.

B. Keeping Time with Groove: Clinical Applications of Groove in Music Therapy
5 hour CMTE

Nir Sadovnik, MA, LCAT, MT-BC (bio)

Explore the concept of groove in the context of music therapy. We will define it theoretically, delve into it through case vignettes, play it on various groove-based instruments, and internalize it through finding our own inner rhythms. The pertinent ingredients that make up groove oriented music will be discussed and exemplified. Various techniques of applying groove in music therapy will be demonstrated through audio samples of work with adult clients in mental health programs. Participants will learn simple yet effective ways of facilitating groove based music improvisation in various styles, including Salsa, Reggae, Funk, and Rap. Come ready to shake it out and get your groove on!

C. Surfing Your Inner Waves: Therapist Self-Awareness in Music Therapy
5 hour CMTE

Emily Frantz, MMT, MT-BC (bio)

Gretchen A. Patti, MS, MT-BC, Fellow in the Association for Music and Imagery «bio»
This presentation will stress the importance of continued self-awareness for music therapists. Jungian archetypes, described by Carolyn Myss as the Four Archetypes of Survival, will be explained in detail and explored at the participant’s own pace and comfort level. Techniques will include journaling, music listening, music and Mandalas, and improvisation.

E. Everyday Ethics: Marketing, Public Relations, and You
3 hour CMTE

Megan Resig, LCAT, MT-BC (bio)

Ethics should be a primary focus for all music therapists; ethics in therapy and ethics in business can be challenging. In this CMTE, common ethical issues in business, marketing, and public relations will be discussed. This CMTE provides 3 hours of credit toward the CMTE Ethics requirement.

Saturday, March 21

Saturday, March 21

F. Supervising the National Roster Music Therapy Intern
5 hour CMTE—FREE for AMTA Members

Matthew Phillips, LCSW, MT-BC (bio)

A comprehensive overview of clinical supervision topics specific to the internship experience, this course is free for current AMTA members and fulfills the training requirement for National Roster Internship Director applicants. Internship agreements, stages of internship, supervision models, competency-based training, ethics, multi-cultural awareness, and methods to address various challenges will be presented.

G. Cultivating Clinical Musicianship in Music Therapy: Moving Beyond Functional Skills
5 hour CMTE

Brian Abrams, PhD, LPC, LCAT, MT-BC (bio)

Clinical musicianship is an integrated way of hearing, seeing, understanding, and interacting according to certain acquired principles of musicianship (including facets such as music theory, music history, and the aesthetics of artistic expression), specifically as they relate meaningfully to client health promotion goals. While clinical musicianship incorporates functional music skills, it transcends functionality alone, as it involves the application of musical sensibilities that inform clinical goal planning and intervention. This course will address the many dimensions of clinical musicianship, as a unique, defining skill set that distinguishes music therapy from other health disciplines—even those that incorporate uses of music—along with approaches through music therapy training, supervision, and continuing education, that promote ongoing development of this essential skill set.

H. Exploring Modes: Ideas and Guidance for Incorporating Modes into Music Therapy Experiences
5 hour CMTE

Wade Richards, LCAT, MT-BC (bio)
Josh Massicot, MM (bio)
The use of musical modes provides a creative and accessible world for self-expression and examining emotional content. Participants will explore the use of modes in a variety of common approaches: songwriting, improvisation, accompaniment, and technology. Specific strategies and practical ideas will be shared and practiced.

I. Proposing, Creating, and Sustaining a Music-Centered Music Therapy Hospice Position
5 hour CMTE

Noah Potvin, MMT, LPC, MT-BC (bio)

Music therapists seeking work in end-of-life care are confronted with the increasingly difficult challenge of establishing and maintaining both employment and clinical practice that meets both patient and organizational needs. This presentation will explore how the prospective hospice music therapist can successfully propose and sustain a new music therapy program that will satisfy administrators without sacrificing the quality or rigor of a music-centered music therapy practice. Clinical philosophy and practice, interdisciplinary collaboration, hospice documentation, and marketing acumen are some of the central concepts to be explored both didactically and experientially. The presenter’s experiences of proposing and developing a music therapy program will be used as reference and punctuated with case vignettes, including recordings.