Creating Music Therapy Goals and Objectives (4 credits)

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Presented by Jeffrey Friedberg MT-BC, LCAT 


Why Goals and Objectives?

Goals and objectives provide 3 essential functions in music therapy:
They provide the foundation for treatment.
They direct treatment.
They justify the treatment.

Knowing how to conceive and write appropriate and effective music therapy goals and objectives are necessary skills for all music therapists.


In this workshop, you will learn:

  • How to effectively conceive of and write music therapy goals that are achievable, measurable, realistic, specific and time bound.
  • How to write goals and objectives that are helpful to the clinician as well as the client, their families, their agencies and insurance companies and granting organizations.
  • Develop knowledge, skills and appreciation in the area of writing music therapy goals and objectives.

Learning Objectives:

Be able to apply principles of SMART goals to establish music therapy goals and objectives that are achievable, measurable, realistic, specific and time bound.

Be able to articulate information gathered in assessment and translate into goals and objectives that can be easily understood by clients, their families and other professionals.

Be able to collect and organize data gathered in music therapy sessions to evaluate and adapt goals and objectives for therapy as needed.


CBMT Domain areas:

(II.D.6.a-e) Establish client goals and objectives that are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-limited.
(II.C.5) Communicate assessment findings and recommendations in an understandable and useful manner in various formats (e.g., oral, written, audio, video, electronic record-keeping systems).
(III.B.7) Provide written documentation that demonstrates evidence-based outcomes related to addressed goals/ interventions.



This is a self-study course.  You can take it in your own time frame and have unlimited access to it in your class portal.

30 minutes Introductions and orientation

60 minutes Why, Who and How? • Why do we need to know how to write goals and objectives? • Who are we writing for? • How do we write goals and objectives?

 60 minutes The Process of writing goals and objectives – from assessment to treatment plan to therapy and back! • Assessment • Treatment planning • SMART goals • Action words • Format

30 minutes Case examples and questions

You will have a short half hour assignment to submit.


Writing Music Therapy Goals and Objectives 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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