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SER-AMTA Continuing Music Therapy Education

Counseling Techniques for Music Therapists

Lori Gooding, PhD, MT-BC
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Schedule & Credits
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Course Abstract:
Group leadership has been recognized as one of the more difficult forms of counseling performed by therapists. The purpose of this course is to provide participants an opportunity to begin to devlop basic group leadership/counseling techniques. Skills such as active listening, questioning, reflection, etc., will be covered. Participants will also have the opportunity to explore some of the more difficult aspects of group leading such as cutting off and drawing out participants. Skills covered will be modeled, and opportunities to practice those skills will be incorporated. Participants will also be able to explore how group counseling skills can be incorporated into music therapy practice.

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Prerequisites: No prerequisites are required. Appropriate for students and professionals.

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Format: Lecture, discussion, skill practice.

Presented by:
Lori Gooding, PhD, MT-BC, is the Director of Music Therapy at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Gooding has worked with groups in child, adolescent, and adult mental health treatment. She can be contacted at

Schedule and Credits:
This course will be offered at the Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel, Chattanooga, TN,
The course schedule is as follows:
  • Thursday, March 21, 8:30-11:30 a.m.
Approval for CMTE credits:
This CMTE course, " Counseling Techniques for Music Therapists," is approved by the CBMT for 3 Continuing Music Therapy Education credits. The Southeastern Region, AMTA, Inc. maintains responsibility for program quality and adherence to CBMT policies and criteria. (Pre-approved provider # P-024. )

Course Objectives:
(Relevant 2015 CBMT Board Certification Domains listed in parentheses.)
The learner will:
  1. examine effective counseling techniques for building rapport, creating a safe environment, and establishing boundaries within the music therapy group session (II.A.c,d,e)
  2. develop active listening skills, mediation skills, group management skills, observation skills, and the ability to identify/respond to significant events within group music therapy sessions (II.A.e,l,u,aa)
  3. analyze the use of verbal guidance and flexibility/creativity within the group music therapy session. (II.A.j,g)
  4. generalize techniques discussed during the session to their own clinical settings (II.B.3)

Fees and Refunds:
The fee for this CMTE course is $ 45 for AMTA members, $ 85 for non-members registered for the conference.
The fee is $115 for persons not registering for the SER conference.

Registrants for this workshop will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until spaces are filled. Refund of CMTE fees will be made only upon written request or email received by March 18, 2018. Request for refund of fees should be directed to:
SER-AMTA Conference
c/o Rachel Coon-Arnott
2580 Glaramara Terrace
Cumming, GA 30041.
Or, Send a Request by Email to the Registration Center.


Conference management reserves the right to cancel this CMTE program due to insufficient number of registrants or instructor illness. In case of cancellation, persons registered for this CMTE program will be notified by phone or email by April 1, 2018, and will be entitled to a full refund of fees.

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Last Updated: January 5, 2013
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