Verbal and Songwriting Skills

For Music Therapists
with Tracy Richardson, Ph.D., MT-BC

Tracy Richardson

$95 /month

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Essentially, this is a self-worth & empathy building course.

Most of us want to improve our verbal skills when working with clients. This course is a good fit for you if you’ve ever wondered the following:

  • How can we use words or verbal skills to better support our clients without moving outside our boundaries of practice?
  • What are effective responses when our client discloses sensitive information?
  • What if I’m at a loss for words, and uncertain how to use words to facilitate a therapeutic environment when tensions arise?
  • How can I effectively use prompts to express that our sessions are a safe place for my clients?
  • What kind of verbal responses can I use to demonstrate my true feelings of unconditional positive regard and nonjudgment towards my clients?
When we are able to weave all the above into a supportive songwriting process, and get out of the way as our clients move forward, deep support in the truest sense can take place.
We are all eager to develop better verbal & songwriting skills as a ways to engage clients. This workshop will address both skill sets.The instructor will also invite participants to review our code of ethics and to consider how the AMTA values and principles relate to the development of these skills. She will also ask participants to adopt a perspective of humility and be open to learning about cultural responsiveness and ethical behavior. The instructor will ask students to gently point out any potential dilemmas in the above areas that may arise during the workshop.

This course is approved by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) for 8 CMTEs.

Do you have questions? Special requests? Group access? Student discount? We will work with you!

Send an email to Paige at Info@MusicTherapyEd.com with your specific request, and we will respond with a custom solution just for you. (Paige is a music therapist too! She can help.)

Live Session Schedule
Pre-recorded 25 minutes of content-rich lecture/workshop by Tracy Richardson Let’s take stock of our own natural reactions in verbal responses to clients. How to use verbal skills & songwriting to be fully present, authentic, and respectful with our clients.
Wednesday, November 3
7PM Eastern / 4PM Pacific (75 minutes) with Tracy Richardson
Content-rich lecture/workshop with story-telling, supportive evidence, demonstration: What types of verbal & songwriting skills are necessary to feel confident building trust & rapport with our clients.
Monday, November 8
7PM Eastern / 4PM Pacific (50 minutes)
Peer sharing, verbal & songwriting skills practice, moderated by MTE staff
Wednesday, November 10
7PM Eastern / 4PM Pacific (75 minutes) with Tracy Richardson
Content-rich lecture/workshop with story-telling, supportive evidence, demonstration: How to establish roles, boundaries, and expectations while setting up a safe container for expression for our clients.
Monday, November 15
7PM Eastern / 4PM Pacific (50 minutes)
Peer sharing, verbal & songwriting skills practice, moderated by MTE staff.
Wednesday, November 17
7PM Eastern / 4PM Pacific (75 minutes) with Tracy Richardson
Content-rich lecture/workshop with story-telling, supportive evidence, demonstration: How to best employe verbal & songwriting skills to provide ongoing acknowledgement of progress and reflection with our clients in a culturally responsiveness way.
Monday, November 22
7PM Eastern / 4PM Pacific (50 minutes)
Peer sharing, verbal & songwriting skills practice, moderated by MTE staff.
Tuesday, November 23 Final evaluation available to obtain CMTE certificate.

Recordings will be available.

This course comes with a VIP Membership!

  • Access to 100+ CMTEs at your fingertips
  • Monthly Jam Alongs to improve your repertoire (with lead sheets & tutorials!)
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I can’t even describe how rewarding of an experience leading this [songwriting experience taught by Tracy] was for me. The participants used such unique and specific description words, which… made it all the more deep and meaningful for them to listen to. Thank you Dr. Richardson for sharing this wonderful [session idea]!

Nicole Birmaher, MT-BC

Tracy Richardson was amazing! It was so hands on, interactive, and was a tangible activity that I can mold to serve the needs of my patients. I would LOVE a whole day of interactive sessions like that. I would happily enroll in an all-day event participating in activities and intervention-sharing sessions.

Bobbi Jo Vandal, MT-BC

About the Instructor

Summer Leall

Tracy Richardson, PhD, MT-BC, serves as Professor of Music Therapy and the Dean of Graduate Therapy and Counseling Programs at St. Mary of the Woods College. She is a trail-blazer and multi-passionate creative colleague who has accomplished the following:

  • Published a dissertation focused on the impact of a training for music therapists to become better at clinical songwriting.
  • Worked with a team of professionals to create the M.A. in Music Therapy in a hybrid distance learning format in 1998 – the first of its kind in our field. The design enabled Music Therapists to seek graduate education without changing jobs or relocating.
  • Developed the unique Music Therapy Equivalency Distance (MTED) program in 2011, for those with music degrees who want to pursue music therapy education and clinical training. This program is also in the hybrid distance learning format and allows students from across the nation to work toward the goal of becoming a music therapist.
  • Provides Creative Team Building experiences to companies desiring to improve employee engagement, collaboration, and creative thinking. This includes giving presentations and workshops on Expressive Songwriting and topics related to music, music therapy, wellness, and women’s issues.
  • Performed in arenas that hold 10,000 and in coffee houses that hold 50.
  • Authored a book for aspiring Superwomen entitled “Who Moved My Cape?! Letting Go of Your Superwoman Expectations.”

We are thrilled to have a colleague of such high caliber join our team of instructors at Music Therapy Ed.

CBMT Relationship: Verbal and Songwriting Skills with Tracy Richardson, Ph.D., MT-BC is approved by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) for 8 Continuing Music Therapy Education credits. MusicTherapyEd.Com, Approved Provider #P-110, maintains responsibility for program quality and adherence to CBMT policies and criteria.

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