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Music Therapy Association of Minnesota Online Conference

Music Therapy Association of Minnesota presents…You Can’t Pour From an Empty Cup: Sustainable Self-Care Strategies for the Real World
Presented by: Jennifer Hicks, MT-BC, E-RYT
Distance Learning via Zoom3-50 minute online workshops
May 16, 2020 9:00 am – 9:50 amJune 13, 2020 9:00 am – 9:50 amJuly 18, 2020 9:00 am – 9:50 amThese sessions will be recorded and available for further access until August 15.Number of CMTE Credits: 3

Description:  While researchers and clinicians alike agree that self-care is vital for music therapy professionals and students, making it a priority in our daily personal and professional lives is most certainly easier said than done, particularly during this challenging and uncertain time. This workshop will provide opportunities for participants to explore and integrate a variety of self-care strategies identified in the research, built around the following three areas:

  1. Physiological Self-Care Practices
  2. Music/Music Therapy Practices
  3. Personal and Professional Sources of Support

Finally, participants will be encouraged to be proactive about their self-care and will be invited to identify at least one self-care SMART goal in each area that they will incorporate into their daily lives, using the knowledge gained throughout this time together. Follow-up on this goal will be offered.


MedRhythms, Spaulding Hospital Cambridge, & Berklee College of Musicare collaborating to bring Wendy Magee and The XXth International MATADOC Training to Boston in September. Get your tickets today!

When: Sep 26 at 8 AM – Sep 28 at 5 PM

Where: Spaulding Hospital Cambridge

1575 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138

What is the MATADOC?

The MATADOC is a standardized assessment and evaluation system for music therapists working with minimally responsive populations, or populations whose awareness is unknown due to profound brain damage. This includes people born with brain damage, who have had a stroke, or who might have sustained brain injury through accidents such as road traffic accidents, gunshot wounds, drowning or falls. It can be used for: diagnosis of awareness in adults with disorders of consciousness; treatment planning and goal setting; evaluation of long-term treatment with patients in chronic care settings.

With which populations can it be used? People with complex needs resulting in ‘minimal’ responsiveness e.g. adults and children in vegetative or minimally conscious states; late/end-stage dementia; advanced neurological illness such as Multiple Sclerosis and Huntington’s Disease; profound and multiple developmental disabilities; people with end stage terminal illnesses.

MATADOC has been standardized and validated for use with adults with disorders of consciousness. It is an assessment, diagnostic and treatment evaluation tool.

Which clinical settings?

• Rehabilitation settings

• Nursing home settings (and other continuing care) for diagnosis, treatment planning and evaluation of ongoing treatment.

• Intensive care

What does the first level training involve?

• Classroom lectures

• Experiential sessions

• Video observations

Participants will learn to understand the clinical presentation of people with DOC; how to run a MATADOC session; how to complete the documentation; how to formulate a diagnosis; and how to communicate the assessment findings to interdisciplinary teams and families. Training tools include handouts and training videos that are accessible post-training to assist professionals in applying classroom learning to clinical session.

See more information and get tickets online below:

GIM training

Have you thought of adding GIM to your practice? Do you have colleagues who have always wanted to learn more about GIM? We are serving as the CBMT Approved Provider for a Level One GIM Training in Connecticut with Madelaine Ventre, who studied with Helen Bonny. Early bird pricing ends on May 30th. Get your applications in soon!


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Guided Imagery in Music Training August 24-28, 2019 in Litchfield, Connecticut

Deepen your practice, expand your skills, and earn 46 CMTE credits, including 3 ethics credits! You do not want to miss this training opportunity for a Level One Bonny Method GIM Training. Spend 5 days with Madelaine Ventre, MS, LCAT, MT-BC, and learn about the major components of the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music (BMGIM) process. The topics covered include the history, definitions and session format of GIM and music and imagery; imagery; non-ordinary states of consciousness (NOSC); processing techniques; guiding techniques; music in non-ordinary states of consciousness; contra-indications and ethics. This course will include an experiential component in addition to the didactic work.


Early bird registration ends on May 30, 2019. Take advantage of the early bird to save on your registration and get the training with all of your food and lodging included for only $1500!  For 46 credits, you can’t beat this!!  Send your applications in as spaces are limited!


Traditional Chinese Medicine, Arts and Culture

Registration is now open for Endicott College Expressive Therapies Symposium: Traditional Chinese Medicine, Arts, and Culture; October 25, 2019, 9:00am – 3:30pm, in the Walter J. Manninen Center for the Arts, School of Visual and Performing Arts. This one day event will feature a gallery talk, keynote, and hands workshops by experts in the fields of Creative Arts Therapies and Traditional Chinese Medicine. For questions, please contact Expressive Therapies Professor Krystal Demaine, symposium coordinator,  Follow the link to register: 

Private Guitar Lessons for Music Therapy Students

Beginning August 2019, I am offering private guitar lessons for Music Therapy students, focusing on your specific guitar needs.  Lessons are $45 per half hour or $90 per hour if you come to my studio in Roslindale, $10 more if I come to you.  I have been a professional performer and taught guitar students of all ages for 40 years.  I have been on the faculties of New England Conservatory, Curry College and The Park School.  Contact info: Scott Sandvik  (; Cell: 617-947-8186)

Music and Imagery for Wellness

Berklee Spring Symposium

Substance Abuse Recovery Symposium



Music Therapy within

Substance Abuse Recovery

Jim Borling, MM, MT-BC Fellow, Association for Music & Imagery

October 12, 2018 David Friend Recital Hall 7 CMTEs – Free Admission Pre-requisites: None


8:30am Registration/Continental Breakfast

Jim Borling, MM, MT-BC, FAMI

9:00am Welcome

Darla Hanley, Dean Professional Education Division

Joy Allen, Chair, Music Therapy Department

9:15am Advocating for Those Affected by Substance Abuse Disorder

Maureen Cavanaugh, Founder & President, Magnolia New Beginnings

10am Music Therapy and Substance Use Disorder

(SUD): Exploring the Universal Nature of Addiction

Jim Borling, MM, MT-BC, FAMI 12pm Lunch

1:30 Research: Music Therapy and Substance Use Disorders

Brian Jantz, MA, MT-BC

2:00 Levels of Recovery: Biophysical, psycho-emotional, psycho-spiritual

Jim Borling, MM, MT-BC, FAMI 3:00 Break

3:15 Conscious Drumming: Drumming from the Heart Jim Borling, MM, MT-BC, FAMI

5:00 Wrap-up/Course Evaluations Learning Objectives:

is Professor Emeritus of

Music and Former Director of the Music Therapy Program

at Radford University in Radford, Virginia. He holds the

designation of Fellow of the Association for Music and

Imagery; he is a Board Certified Music Therapist and is a

member of the American Music Therapy Association. Over

the years Jim has held contracts with Lewis Gale Hospital

Alcohol and Drug Program, Lewis Gale Clinics-Chronic

Pain Program, Life Center of Galax Treatment Center, The

Center for Behavioral and Rehabilitative Medicine, and

Avenues to Recovery Adult and Adolescent Programs. He

has provided Music Therapy trainings throughout the

United States as well as in Korea, Germany, Canada,

Spain, Japan and Mexico. He is widely published,

contributing both to professional journals and book

chapters on a variety of topics around the clinical

applications of music therapy. His primary clinical focus

currently includes special applications in the field of

addictions and men’s work.

1. Participants will identify 2-3 key components of the addictive process (I.B. 4.11; I.C.2, 1.D.2)

2. Participants will describe the differences between physical, emotional and spiritual recovery within substance abuse disorder treatment (B.3.c, e, h;

I.B.12, C.2.)

3. Participants will describe how music therapy experiences can be integrated into levels of recovery (I.D.4.; I.D.10; IV.A.2)

4. Participants will demonstrate how drumming as a structure for intentional group work within recovery models (II.A.2.g.; o; q; u; v; ah, an, ao, aw,).

Music Therapy within Substance Abuse Recovery is approved by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) for 8 Continuing Music Therapy Education credits. Berklee College of Music #P-161 maintains responsibility for program quality and adherence to CBMT policies and criteria. Cancellation Policy: In the event of cancellation due to unforeseen circumstances, Berklee will make every attempt to reschedule, within 14 days of the original date.


Neurologic Music Therapy Training

MedRhythms, Inc. is partnering with Spaulding Rehabilitation Network to bring The Academy of Neurologic Music Therapy to Boston for the International Training Institute in Neurologic Music Therapy. This is only the second time that it has ever been offered in Boston – it will fill up quickly, so register today!

Dates: November 29th – December 2nd

Address: 1st Avenue, Charlestown, MA 02129

Drum Circle Facilitator Training

Hello Friends-
SSC Drum Circle Facilitator Training has been rescheduled because of the recent winter storms.  
Our training will take place on May 5, 2018.  
Open to all  – no experience necessary.  Music Therapists can earn 7 CMTEs for participation.

Eve D. Montague, MT-BC
Director, Creative Arts Therapies
South Shore Conservatory
781-934-2731, x20

Level 1 GIM Training Institute

Dear Colleagues,

Conference preparations are in full swing!  We are so excited to bring to you this Level I GIM training Institute.  This 25 CMTE institute, which will take place April 16-19 2018, is sure to fill up quickly, so reserve your space today!  If you are interested in registering early, please email


LGBTQAI + Identities and Music Therapy

Drum Circle Facilitator Training

South Shore Conservatory is offering a Drum Circle Facilitator Training workshop on Saturday March 3, 2018.

This link will take you directly to the info/reg form: Drum Circle Facilitator Training

No experience is necessary; open to everyone. Please share with colleagues and friends.

Music therapists can receive 7 CMTEs through CBMT.

Any questions, please contact me directly.

Thank you

Eve Montague, MSM, MT-BC

Making Music

Changing Lives

Eve D. Montague, MSM, MT-BC

Director, Creative Arts Therapies

South Shore Conservatory


(781) 934-2731, x20


64 St. George Street, Duxbury, MA 02331

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2017 Fall Symposium – Berklee College of Music

AMTA leadership academy

Update: all spots are filled!!

Thank you for your interest!

Dear NER-AMTA members,

As a gift, AMTA would like to provide five complimentary registration for five NER-AMTA members in good standing to attend the AMTA Leadership Academy at this year’s annual AMTA Conference in St. Louis, Missouri. This institute will run on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 from 12:30-5:30pm.

Now in its third year, the AMTA Leadership Academy gives everyone a chance to develop and deepen their leadership skills and capacity. Through a series of presentations by a diverse panel of leaders within our field, Leadership Academy participants will experience multiple frameworks for thinking about leadership and how to recognize and build critical skills in all areas of leadership!  Whether you have attended a previous Academy or not, this year’s Leadership Academy is sure to provide you with new information, insights, and connections to help you grow into the leader you desire to be in your work, your community, and in your life.

Please see session information for further details.

If you wish to be one of the five NER-AMTA members to attend at no charge, please contact NER President, Judy Engel, at Note that tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis; the first five NER-AMTA members to make contact will receive complimentary registration for the AMTA Leadership Academy.

Please note that NER-AMTA is unable to assist with or plan transportation, lodging, parking or meals (these would be on your own).

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