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The Holistic Voice: Embodying and Embracing the Instrument You’re Born With


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

The Holistic Voice: Embodying and Embracing the Instrument You’re Born With (4 CMTEs)

The voice is a complex and uniquely personal instrument that can be an important tool in music therapy. Due to the personal nature of the voice, many people carry insecurities around using their voices and may be unaware of the therapeutic potential their voices hold.

In this self-study program, containing informational videos and several forms of experiential activities, you will deepen your understanding of the voice as an instrument and as a tool that can be used for assessing both your own well being as well as that of your clients. You will learn healthy vocal technique and increase your comfort using your voice in the different ways needed for your clinical work setting(s).

Outline of recordings:

Video 1 5:40 – Introduction/overview of the course Video 2 3:38 – Discuss the importance of the voice Video 3 26:39 – Overview of the voice: physiological understanding Video 4 5:09 – The voice as an assessment tool Video 5 6:01 – Understanding one’s relationship with their voice, including a self-reflection paper Video 6 57:08 – Deepening one’s relationship with their voice with experiential activities Video 7 20:00 – Overview of ways we can work with clients through their voices Video 8 15:17 – Conditions affecting the voice and tips for maintaining vocal health Video 9 1:07 – Conclusion: Recap of covered material and assign reflection paper 71:00 of experiential activities

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will practice several vocal activities to increase their level of comfort and skill with using their voice in personal and professional settings working with diverse client populations.

  2. Participants will apply a comprehensive understanding of the voice as an instrument and therapeutic tool in their unique clinical setting(s).

  3. Participants will identify 3 domains of functioning the voice can be used to help assess and ways to apply that information in their work with clients.

  4. Participants will recognize vocal health conditions that warrant outside support for themselves in order to maintain general health and well-being.

CBMT Domain Areas:

III.A.5.f.6: Employ functional skills with voice. III.A.5: Improvise using instruments, voice, or movement. V.A.7: Expand musicianship, leadership skills, and therapeutic effectiveness. II.B.10: Develop assessment tools and procedures. II.C.3: Draw conclusions for recommendations based on analysis and interpretation of assessment findings. V.B.12: Monitor own mental and physical health, and seek support as needed to ensure professional effectiveness and competence.


The Holistic Voice: Embodying and Embracing the Instrument You’re Born With is approved by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) for 4 CMTEs-Continuing Music Therapy Education credits. The Spiegel Academy, CBMT Approved Provider #P-106, maintains responsibility for program quality and adherence to CBMT policies and criteria.

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