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SER-AMTA Continuing Music Therapy Education

The Application of Mediating Conditions for Persons with Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders

Michael Rohrbacher, Ph.D., MT-BC; Suzanne Rohrbacher, MM, MT-BC
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Schedule & Credits
Course Objectives
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Course Abstract:
Sensory engagement, positioning, periodicity, and psycho-social interaction are presented as mediating conditions intended to optimize therapeutic outcomes for elderly persons with dementia. Protocol is described in which mediating conditions are purposefully selected and combined for each of the functions of music therapy, including restoration, improvement, maintenance, redirection, prevention, and wellness.

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Prerequisites: No preprequisites. Intermediate level, for clinicians familiar with this area.

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Format: Lecture, Activity Based, Experiential Learning

Presented by:
Michael Rohrbacher, Ph.D., MT-BC serves as Head of Music Therapy, Florida Gulf Coast University; and as Visiting Professor, Tokushima Bunri University. He holds a PhD from the University of Maryland (Ethnomusicology); a MS from Johns Hopkins ( Communicative Disorders); and a BM from East Carolina University (music therapy). Formerly music therapist with Baltimore City Public Schools. Suzanne Rohrbacher, M.M., MT-BC serves as Adjunct Faculty, Florida Gulf Coast University. She is Owner/Direct Service Provider at Music Therapy Community Services, LLC (Fort Myers, FL). She was formerly a full-time faculty in Music Therapy, Shenandoah University (1995-2012).

Schedule and Credits:
This course will be offered at the Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel, Chattanooga, TN,
The course schedule is as follows:
    Friday, March 31, 7:00-10:00 pm
Approval for CMTE credits:
This CMTE course, " The Application of Mediating Conditions for Persons with Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders," 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. Articulate music therapy goals for persons with early to late-stage dementia according to the functions of music therapy. (I.D.6.)
  2. Engage in treatment planning that takes into account the four mediating conditions, whether solely or in combination. (I.D.8.-15.)
  3. Utilize spontaneously techniques, strategies and materials in response to client behavior in which the four mediating conditions are represented, whether solely or in combination. (II.A.5.)
  4. Evaluate objectively the effectiveness of utilizing particular mediating conditions for any one session, whether planned or spontaneous, in view of progress toward the desired therapeutic goals. (III.B.2.,5.,7.,8.,9., 11.)
  5. Identify related literature from which the four mediating conditions are derived from, including other-disciplinary examples of 'best practice' for use in music therapy sessions and in consideration of disciplinary boundaries. (IV.A.2., 5., & IV. B.14.)

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 March 25, 2018, and will be entitled to a full refund of fees.

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