Finding Their Song: Working with Adolescents in Music Therapy Treatment

December 7, 2019 - 12pm EST

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Adolescence is a critical developmental period in the life of all human beings. Music therapists are often asked to work with humans who are going through hormonal changes, neurodevelopmental shifts, social identity exploration, and many of the other things that are just part of the transition that we label adolescence. Many times, when music therapists look for guidance in the literature, it is not present, which further complicates the treatment of these very important clients.

This continuing education course will discuss aspects of the changing adolescent body and brain while linking these changes directly to working with adolescents in a music therapy environment. Topics of discussion will include developmental versus diagnostic characteristics, the effect of trauma on the developing human, and the identification of common themes in music therapy treatment for adolescents, regardless of diagnosis status. The symposium will conclude with a group discussion on how to develop meaningful therapeutic music experiences for adolescents, taking into consideration all of the elements discussed including how to engage reluctant clients in meaningful music therapy interaction.

Practical examples and professional and personal stories from the presenters will be used to illustrate and supplement the information given. To further personalize the symposium, participants will have opportunities to ask questions and interact with presenters throughout the live presentation.

Our Presenters

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Faith Halverson-Ramos, MA, LPC, MT-BC

Faith is the owner of Soundwell Music Therapy, PLLC. With a background in transpersonal counseling psychology, she is passionate about the use of music to make personal, transpersonal and existential meaning throughout the lifespan.

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Mary Jane Landaker, MME, MT-BC

Mary Jane is the owner of and is the staff music therapist at Lakemary Center, Inc. She works with adolescents all the time and often wonders why there is not more information available about music therapy with this very important client population.

You will receive 3 credits.

This course has been approved for 3 CMTEs.
Continuing Education credits in other countries will be determined and issued on a case by case basis.
Please contact us directly for more info.

Identify what measurable outcomes participants will gain from this course.Identify the most relevant Board Certification Domains that corresponds to each course objective.
Identify neurological characteristics of the adolescent brain that affect music therapy treatment.II.B.; III.B;
Discuss the influence of trauma on the adolescent client.II.B; III.B;
Develop three (3) therapeutic music experiences for use in music therapy treatment with adolescents.II.A. 1; II.A.2; II.A.5.g;

Participants must register and submit payment 48 hours prior to the short event.

(Times may vary due to presenter availability and significant changes will be announced to all participants through the platform, email, and dedicated social media sites.)

00:00-00:10 – General Introduction and information about CBMT requirements – Mary Jane and Faith

00:10-00:30 – Overview of adolescent development and neurological considerations – Mary Jane

00:30-1:00 – Overview of trauma and its effect on adolescent humans – Faith

1:00-1:10 – Discussion Break

1:10-2:10 – Themes in treatment for adolescents – age appropriate activity and music; censoring musical identity; rebellion against authority; need for choice and empowerment; need for safety and impulse control; working with those who do not want to be in treatment

2:10-2:20 – Discussion Break

2:20-2:50 – Therapeutic Music Experience development – Brainstorming and sharing with the group – Mary Jane and Faith

2:50-3:00 – Information on completing the course evaluation and Conclusion – Mary Jane and Faith

$10.00 USD for live presentation; $15.00 USD for access to recording (this charge is in addition to the cost for attending the live presentation. Participants may choose to access the live presentation, or the recorded presentation, or both for a fee of $25.00 USD).

Register through Eventbrite: URL to be determined once symposium is approved.
Group Rates are available upon request. Group rates allow for one computer IP access with multiple viewers.

Scholarships are also available with demonstration of need. Contact the OCMT Board of Directors at for information on scholarships.

Participants may cancel at any time prior to one week before the short event and receive a full refund. Refunds will only be offered until one week prior to the short event as participants will receive information on how to access the online platform at that time. No refunds will be offered after May 5, 2019.

Finding Their Song: Working with Adolescents in Music Therapy Treatment is approved by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) for 3 Continuing Music Therapy Education Credits. The Online Conference for Music Therapy, Inc. (#P-146) maintains responsibility for program quality and adherence to CBMT policies and criteria.

The Online Conference for Music Therapy (OCMT) is a virtual meeting platform through which music therapists from around the world can learn and interact. A course evaluation will be made available via a dedicated electronic platform, and time will be allotted at the end of the short event for participants to complete the evaluation.

This short event will be recorded for access in the future. Participants will still complete the course evaluation if they desire CMTEs.

Certificates of completion will be delivered electronically once the required course evaluation has been collected. Attendance and completion of presentation viewing may be subject to verification through the OCMT user platform. The conference software generates a list of users who have accessed recorded information and who attended the synchronous presentation. The completion of the course evaluation will offer additional proof of attendance as information on how to access the evaluation will be made available during each presentation.