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What’s the brain research on empathy vs. compassion?

"When we operate with clients on this empathetic level, oftentimes we're connecting with people's suffering... being there with their suffering... sometimes we can't help but take it on." Learn what the brain research says about empathy and how to stay healthy as a...

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How to avoid the clinification of music –

"Lots of us became music therapists because we LOVE MUSIC. This can sometimes change when music becomes your job... Like any love relationship, it takes effort to maintain." Learn 4 easy strategies to avoid the clinification of music, in order to stay refreshed and...

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Introducing Beth Hardy, SCMT, MT-BC

Check out Heart Tones Doula and meet Beth Hardy, SCMT, MT-BC! She is an expert at using music therapy interventions at the bookends of life: childbirth and end-of-life. In this Mindstorm Monthly, Beth shares specific techniques that she uses to assist her clients as...

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Improve Your Guitar-Playing with Matt Logan, Guitar Coach!

Check out Music Therapy Source and meet Matt Logan, MA, MT-BC! He is an expert in helping future music therapists discover their path and in teaching brain-based guitar lessons to students and professionals. In this Mindstorm Monthly, Matt breaks down barre chords and...

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What’s “normal” ?

As therapists, we rarely use the word "normal" to describe others. However, "normativity" is framing a conversation so that a specific status is considered "the norm." Hetero-normativity occurs when it's "normal" to be heterosexual. Similarly, hetero-normativity...

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How to stay up-to-date on autism research

Scroll down to learn more about our Mindstorm Monthly on school settings! Also, be sure to check out our Zero To Full-Time: School Settings CMTE course. In the meantime, watch Casey DePriest, MT-BC of Integrative Music Therapy "school" us on how to follow the latest,...

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Don’t ignore these 2 sensory domains

As a leader in healthcare, you know how important integration is for kids. Ideally, consistency exists at home, in sessions, and... at school. If you work with kids or in schools, then this video is for you! Don't ignore these 2 sensory domains. Click play:

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What is Sensory Processing?

Today's video to celebrate Autism Acceptance pertains to sensory processing. We feature Angela Guirrero, PhD (ABD), MT-BC, explains it all in 60 seconds. Angela is director of Tempo! Music Therapy in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Learn about the sensory system by...

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Tips and Strategies for Presuming Competence

Hello leader in healthcare! We've got another Autism Acceptance celebration video for you. This time we feature the brilliant Casey DePriest, MT-BC, of Integrative Music Therapy. Learn these very simple tips to start presuming competence with your clients TODAY! Hit...

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What does it mean to presume competence?

Hello leader in healthcare! To celebrate and promote Autism Acceptance, we're so excited to feature segments from several music therapy & autism experts. Today's video answers the question "What does it mean to presume competence?" Casey DePriest, MT-BC, of...

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What If Individual Needs Don’t Work For the Classroom?

It's the end of March, and Autism Acceptance Month is right around the corner. In order to rev up our engines, we wanted to give you a head start with this video! Briana Priester, MT-BC is founder of The Music Therapy Marketplace and Studio B Music For Living in the...

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Are They Still Equating Music Therapy With Pet Therapy?

Here are a few words taken verbatim from the video below: >> NIH recognizes music therapy. >> US Department of Education recognizes music therapy. >> Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recognizes music therapy. >> Music therapy is listed on the General...

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How To Get Free CMTEs… one clever trick!

Is it time for you to rejuvenate the relationship with your employer? Here's a free PDF you can use to get your employer on board with paying for continuing education (specifically our VIP Subscription). As leaders in healthcare, it's vital that we stay renewed and...

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Psycho-Educational Tips For Your Sessions

Hello leader in healthcare! If you are facilitating any kind of relaxation session, a little psycho-education goes a long way. Watch the video below to learn how to weave psycho-education into your sessions! Ellen Whealton, MA, MT-BC says: Always weave in a...

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Work With Victims of Child Sex Abuse? This is for you.

We are honored to feature Tania Cordobes, MMT, MT-BC as February's Mindstorm Monthly guest. Tania has spent the past 14 years working at the Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County where she provides services for children and their non-offending parents who have...

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9 Ways to Get a Job

Hello there Leader in Healthcare! One question we get constantly from high school students and college kids considering their degree program is... Are there any jobs in music therapy? Look no further, because I'm offering 9 different places to look for a job!...

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New music therapy book on the market!

Hello there to the leaders in healthcare! I hope you took a glance at our Top 5 for Music Therapy in 2015 post for #MTAdvocacy month. It is such an exciting time to be a music therapist with so many wonderful things happening in our field! Speaking of wonderful things...

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Top FIVE for 2015!

Each January is social media advocacy month for music therapy (#mtadvocacy), and our company serves as a CONNECTOR! We love to connect you with experts on specific topics in the realm of music & healthcare. We love to connect you with the media. We love to connect...

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Build your Repertoire with Catherine Hershey

In this Mindstorm Monday, founder and co-author of the The Music Therapy Repertoire Challenge, Catherine Hershey, MT-BC wants to inspire YOU to build your repertoire and dig deep into the music. Catherine shares her vision for the future of the blog, how to conquer...

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Learn to Speak Effectively About Your Work

Every music therapist on the planet will benefit from the wisdom of Jennifer Buchanan. Jennifer is a business owner in Canada. 2016 is her award-winning company's 25th anniversary. With 15 accredited music therapists on the team and years of experience, you can...

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Best Practices: LGBTQ Community

This Mindstorm Monday is all about best practices for working with the LGBTQ Community. Music therapists Beth Robinson, Amy Donnenwerth, and Spencer Hardy discuss the current climate of LGBTQ issues, and what you can do to best support your clients from the LGBTQ...

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Gratitude for our amazing community

With Thanksgiving this week, we wanted to express our gratitude for all that you do to change the world with MUSIC! In order to make continuing education affordable and accessible to YOU, we are also offering 50% off courses on Friday, November 27 ONLY. Click here to...

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Kids & Drumming: How to create an even playing field

One of the big challenges that we can overcome in group work is creating equal opportunities for ALL participants. How can we build a community with this in mind? Sometimes with kids it’s a bit more challenging, especially if you have two kids who get a *special*...

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What if my clients can’t pick up the rhythm?

We've all had sessions when a client cannot "pick up the rhythm." We asked expert Christine Stevens what she does in that situation. Click play to hear her very surprising answer! Christine also shared this: It is sometimes hard for us as musicians to get past the...

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