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SER-AMTA Continuing Music Therapy Education

Eurhythmics For Autism: A Sensorimotor Music-Based Treatment Approach

Dorita S. Berger, PhD, LCAT, MT-BC
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Schedule & Credits
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Course Abstract:
Workshop discusses the brain, sensory systems, physiologic information processing, HPA Axis, and mind/body concepts adapted from Emile Jaques-Dalcroze (1865-1950), as applied in treatment interventions guiding assessment, goal-development and approaches for deriving a level of functional coping with the environment. Attendees sample sensory issues experienced by the Autism system, and Eurhythmics interventions. Cases are discussed. Recorders and kazoos are required per attendee.

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Prerequisites: No prerequisites. For students, MT professionals, music educators, other health professionals.

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Format: Lecture, Discussion, Activity Based, Experiential Learning

Presented by:
Dr. Dorita Berger, PhD, renowned in the field of Sensorimotor (Physiology-based) Music Therapy and her work with Autism, received her BFA and Dalcroze training at Carnegie Mellon University, an MA in Music Therapy from NYU, and PhD in Physiologic Music Therapy from Roehampton University, London, UK. A former Juilliard-trained concert pianist, Dr.Berger has five published books, several journal articles and has lectured nationally and internationally on sensorimotor music treatment. In addition to serving on faculties of several Universities, Dr. Berger held a Fulbright Visiting Lecturership in the Ukraine, a Montclair State University Global Education Grant to lecture, supervise clinicians, and present at the 12th World Congress for Music Therapy in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Besides private clinical services Dr. Berger is faculty of the UNC Community Music School in Chapel Hill, NC. and Adjunct Affiliate at Virginia Tech Center for Autism Research, Blacksburg, VA. Dr. Berger's 5th book, for parents and caregivers, "Kids, Music 'n' Autism: Bringing Out The Music In Your Child"(2017) was just released. Her 4th book, "EURHYTHMICS FOR AUTISM AND OTHER NEUROPHYSIOLOGIC DIAGNOSES: A Sensorimotor Music-based Treatment Approach" was released in 2016. Her , "MUSIC THERAPY, SENSORY INTEGRATION AND THE AUTISTIC CHILD" is also translated and published in the Korean language, and was designated one of the best science/academic books of 2013 by the National Science Academy of South Korea. Dr. Berger is currently developing the Academy for Sensorimotor Music Therapy, in Durham, NC, and involved in rhythm and brain research..

Schedule and Credits:
This course will be offered at the Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel, Chattanooga, TN,
The course schedule is as follows:
    Thursday, March 30, 7:00-9:30 pm; Friday, March 31, 7:00-9:30 pm
Approval for CMTE credits:
This CMTE course, " Eurhythmics For Autism: A Sensorimotor Music-Based Treatment Approach," is approved by the CBMT for 5 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. Understand sensory integration and physiologic functional adaptation and Autism characteristics in relation to goal development; in order to better assess needs and intervention strategies (I.B.3, I.B.4, I.B.7)
  2. Develop treatment strategies addressing sensorimotor interventions. (I.D.10, i.D.11)
  3. Develop treatment goals and objectives for physiological and sensory deficits possibly causing certain behaviors (I.D.6)
  4. Use own "clinical eye" to develop structured treatments using specific music elements (e.g., rhythm/movement) that will serve specific physiological and sensory Autism characteristics (l.D.10, l.D.11, I.D.13)
  5. Develop evidence- based evaluation of progress for goals, objectives and strategy effectiveness pertinent to treatment of physiological and sensory autism characteristics ( III.A.7, III.B.7)

Fees and Refunds:
The fee for this CMTE course is $ 75 for AMTA members, $ 115 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 March 25, 2018, and will be entitled to a full refund of fees.

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