Welcome to the Massachusetts Music Therapy Alliance

We are celebrating our 37th year of supporting Music Therapists in the area and providing ongoing training.  We meet three times a year, offering up to 5 CMTEs (Continuing Music Therapy Education credits).

The 2017-2018 program will focus on Expanding the Clinical Toolbox (part 2): Adapting Your Music Therapy Practice into Preexisting Theoretical Frameworks. A three part series that will present participants with knowledge and experiential tools from preexisting theoretical approaches. Presenters will share their experiences in adapting their music therapy practice within these frameworks.

SAVE-THE-DATES: 2017-18 mini-conference dates are:
1st Mini-Conference: How do you use your music therapy practice within preexisting theoretical frameworks?
When: October 14, 2017 @  9:30am – 12:30pm
Where: Congregational Church of Weston, 130 Newton St., Weston, MA 02493.
Moderator: Erin Murphy, MT-BC

2nd Mini-Conference with Kevin Krivanec, MT-BC
February 10, 2018 @ 9:30am – 12:30pm
Congregational Church of Weston, 130 Newton St., Weston, MA 02493.
Lindsey Horbert, MT-BC

Kevin is a music therapist who will discuss his work with Dual Recovery through Music: Music Centered Group Music Therapy in Inpatient Mental Health. The “Recovery Movement” is the new paradigm in Mental Health/Addiction Medicine. Music Centered Group Music Therapy follows the client’s process through selected song experiences. Our time together will focus on the music centered process and songs related to the recovery experience.

This presentation will focus on the “recovery movement” in mental health/addiction medicine and its components: hope, self direction, person-centered, empowerment, holistic, non-linear, strength based, peer support, respect, and responsibility. We will share songs that related to each of these components. We will participate in a group music centered process: Through engagement participants will be moved into their experience of the music.  The expression of this experience will enable the Music Therapist to move the session forward through the “person centered” and spontaneous selection of music to meet the client’s needs.  We will discuss techniques for integration: Reflecting on the music therapy experience and making it relevant to each person’s individual recovery goals and story.

Participants will be able to identify the components of the recovery process
Participants will be able to identify songs that relate to recovery themes
Participants will engage in a music centered process.

3rd Mini-Conference with Andrew Rohwer, MT-BC, LMHC
When: March 24, 2018 @ 9:30am – 12:30pm
Where: Congregational Church of Weston, 130 Newton St., Weston, MA 02493.
Moderator: Joe Spilsbury, MT-BC

Andrew Rohwer will share his work at Lighthouse School and present the school’s APEX treatment model. This model was developed by the Schools CEO and stands for Assimilated Personal Enrichment eXperiences. The presentation will involve didactic discussion and experiential learning on how music therapy works within this model and how the treatment model has helped develop new music therapy activities. This treatment model is a trademarked entity, so opportunities to learn first-hand how this model blends with music therapy are rare.

– Participants can expect to learn how the APEX treatment model encourages staff and students to learn more about themselves, others, conflicts, and core needs to become more successful and happier in life.

Cancellation and Refund Policy: If cancelled, meeting will be rescheduled for an alternative date. 

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