CMT Workshop: The Therapeutic Function of Music (TFM) Plan for Professionals

Two-Day Professional Workshop for Music Therapists

When: Aug 13, 2021 through August 14, 8:30am - 3:30pm

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The Therapeutic Function of Music (TFM) Plan for Professionals
Music is a complex intervention strategy. Music therapists recognize the importance of the characteristics of music elements for effective therapeutic outcomes, however, greater clarity for the role of those music elements in therapeutic outcomes is needed. Currently, few strategies exist to support the description of the musical elements in the development of treatment interventions.

This workshop will clarify the use of the Therapeutic Function of Music (TFM) Plan to support intentional application of the music elements for therapeutic outcomes and participants will practice applying the TFM Plan to their clinical situations, as well as identify a treatment goal.

Participants will also recognize how the TFM Plan can support treatment fidelity and communication with clients, families, and interdisciplinary colleagues. An opportunity to analyze and discuss the TFM Plan in music therapy practice will conclude the workshop. Participants should read the supporting article (Hanson-Abromeit, 2015) and identify a focused outcome/goal central to their music therapy practice.

Deanna Hanson-Abromeit, PhD, MT-BC
Deborah Layman, PhD, MT-BC

August 13, 2021 – August 14, 2021 (8:30 a.m. - 3:30 a.m.)
BOP STOP (2920 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, OH 44113)
Professionals Cost: $200 Student Cost: $50 (In-Person or Remote)
For those participating remotely, Zoom information will be emailed to you at a later date.

*Refunds provided as follows: 100% if cancelled by July 16, 2021; 50% if cancelled between July 17-30, 2021; no refunds if cancelled after July 30, 2021.

The Therapeutic Function of Music Plan for Professionals and Students workshop is approved by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) for 10 Continuing Education Credits (CMTE's). The Music Settlement, 33211 maintains responsibility for program quality and adherence to CBMT policies and criteria.

Day 1 Workshop Outline: August 13, 2021
8:30 – 9:00 Registration
9:00 – 9:10 Introductions & Course Objectives Overview
9:10 – 10:00 What is the TFM Plan?
10:00 – 10:10 Break
10:10 – 11:00 TFM Plan Continued and Q&A
11:00 – 11:10 Break
11:10 – 12:00 Applying Clinical Wisdom & Sketching a TFM Plan (Breakout Groups or Individual)
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch
1:00 – 1:50 Identifying Focused Treatment Goal/Outcome; Writing Rationale; Operational Definition of Music Elements
1:50 – 2:40 Applying Research and Assessment
2:40 – 3:30 Building the Theoretical Rationale for Music Elements

Day 2 Workshop Outline: August 14, 2021
8:30 – 9:00 Check-In
9:00 – 9:20 Completing the Theoretical Rationale
9:20 – 10:20 Interpreting the Theoretical rationale to Define the Purpose of Each Music Element & Identifying the Essential Music Elements
10:20 – 10:30 Break
10:30 – 11:30 Interpreting the Theoretical Rationale & Purpose to Describe the Music Elements & Construct the Synthesis
11:30 – 12:30 Lunch
12:30 – 12:50 Check-In
12:50 – 1:50 Music Selection that Adheres to the TFM Plan (Composing, Modifying, and Selecting)
1:50 – 2:40 Presentation of TFM Plan & Composition with Peer Evaluation
2:40 – 3:30 Reflection & Discussion

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