Self-study. Learn effective music therapy interventions for the management of chronic pain and how they can be applied by individuals, therapists and health practitioners. 6 credits

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 with Joel KroekerMA, MMT, RCC, MTA




Course Description:
In this online presentation Joel will introduce some of the most effective music therapy interventions for the management of chronic pain and will show how they can be applied by individuals, therapists and health practitioners.

Through the application of multiple learning styles including lecture presentation format, aural and visual case study material and discussion students will be shown effective music therapy interventions, recent research and practical application.

Topics will include:

  • working with adjustment to injury
  • resolving somatic conflict through musical improvisation
  • reducing pain through activating sensory pathways
  • musical mindfulness exercises for stress management
  • understanding how pain works neurologically
  • the relationship between musical perception and the hyper sensitization of the spinal cord
  • the role of neurotransmitters in the pain cycle
  • current and new approaches to managing pain
  • how to collaborate with other health professionals
  • translating pain management into musical processes
  • how to work with images and imagination to reduce pain
  • the relationship between pain and trauma

This workshop addresses a wide spectrum of theories and models of music therapy for this client population and offers step-by-step goals and objectives relating to various cognitive, motor, affective, developmental and social domains. Join us to learn new interventions that actually work within clinical and community health settings and learn how to build effective interventions that are tailor made for your own personal setting.


Learning Objectives:
1) Be able to create an effective intervention for pain management

2) Be able to evaluate how music therapy fits within a given pain management setting

3) Be able to identify relevant goals and objectives within a specific clinical context

4) Be able to collaborate with health professionals in an effective way.


Introduction and Overview

1 hour: Background, Theory and History of Music Therapy in Pain Management

We’ll discover where pain management is situated historically and theoretically in relation to music therapy and the therapeutic models that you are most familiar with.

1 hour: Overview of Music Therapy in Pain Management Through clinical examples and discussion we’ll explore the most essential principles and how you can immediately incorporate these into your own work.
1 hour: Pain management interventions that work!
We’ll discover step-by-step how to work with specific therapeutic goals and objectives through performing, composing, improvising and listening in relation to a wide range of situations including individuals, groupwork, non-verbal somatic communication and working with all ages across the entire life cycle.

1.5 hours Q&A and Wrap up Evaluate by feedback form

1 hr Homework Assignment Self-Study


CBMT Domain areas:
II)A: Implementation

2. Provide music therapy experiences to address client’s:

h) executive functions (e.g., decision making, problem solving).

III) B: Evaluation

4. Continually review and revise treatment plan, and modify treatment approaches accordingly. 

III) C:6 and 10  Establish Client goals and objectives and address these through music therapy interventions

 III) C 

 3. Coordinate treatment with other professionals and/or family, caregivers, and personal network when appropriate. 


cbmtlogo.pngMusic Therapy for Pain Management is  approved by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) for 6 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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