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The use of music therapy in mental health, trauma and addictions populations with experienced music therapists Tim Ringgold and Natalie Jack

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PLEASE NOTE - this event begins on Sunday May 12 at 5pm American Pacific Daylight Time and 8pm American Eastern Daylight Time & on Monday May 13 at 10am Australian Eastern Standard Time. Please go to to find the starting time in your time zone.

A discussion of why all music therapists should have a basic understanding of mental health/illness will open the workshop, and the concept of ‘everyone has mental health’ will be introduced. The main functions of music therapy in the mental health space will then be provided, along with discussion around how high prevalence mental health disorders present, and what precautions music therapists need to consider when planning treatment for clients with these mental illnesses. To close the first half of the workshop, information around how mental health disorders can present in common non-mental health settings will be provided, along with discussion around how music therapists can support their clients’ mental health in these settings.

The second half of the workshop begins with information on how the human brain processes music, and how this is relevant to us as music therapists working in mental health, trauma and addictions. The effects on people of music through the bio-psycho-social-spiritual prism will then be discussed. Finally, the ‘big 5’ goals of music therapy treatment in the area of mental health, trauma and addictions will be provided, along with five examples of music therapy interventions that may be used to facilitate client recovery in this population will be presented and discussed.

Throughout the presentation, questions from and interaction with participants will be facilitated as much as possible via the online platform. Practical examples and professional and personal stories from the presenters will be used to illustrate and supplement the information given.

This workshop is suited to both early career and more experienced credentialed music therapists from both the mental health and other fields, and will provide information of interest to a wide range of music therapists.


1. Introductions of speakers, general welcome - Nat & Tim & OCMT - 10 minutes

2. Why all music therapists need basic mental health knowledge aka ‘everyone has mental health’ - Nat - 15 minutes

3. The functions of music therapy in mental health care - Nat - 15 minutes

4. Presentations of the most common mental health conditions and precautions in music therapy - Nat - 20 minutes

a. Depression

b. Anxiety

c. Psychosis

d. Bipolar Disorder

5. How mental health issues present themselves in other populations and how music therapists can respond - Nat - 20 minutes

a. Aged Care

b. Special Education

c. Medical Settings

6. Break - 15 minutes

7. Music cognition and its relevance to trauma and addictions treatment - Tim - 15 minutes

8. The effects of music through a bio-psycho-social-spiritual prism - Tim - 20 minutes

9. The Big 5 goals of music therapy for trauma and addictions in music therapy - Tim - 20 minutes

10. The Big 5 interventions of music therapy for trauma and addictions in music therapy - Tim - 20 minutes

11. Questions and Closing - Nat & Tim & OCMT - 10 minutes

Tim Ringgold MT-BC is a US board certified music therapist, and the director of Sonic Divinity Music Therapy Services. Tim also holds a certificate in NICU music therapy, and is a certified Remo HealthRHYTHMS facilitator. Tim graduated from Chapman University as President of the Music Therapy Student Association, and recipient of the Music Therapy Award and Guitar Award.

Since then, Tim has been awarded the New Professional Grant from the Western Region Chapter of the American Music Therapy Association and currently serves as the President of the Chapter. He presents at regional and national conferences on using music for pain and stress management, best business practices for music therapists, and overcoming adversity.

Natalie Jack RMT MTA is an Australian Registered Music Therapist, and Canadian Accredited Music Therapist. She is Masters qualified in the area of mental health science, and has additional training in clinical supervision, business management, neurologic music therapy and counselling.

Natalie’s clinical area of interest is in generalist mental health and mental health and offenders. She has experience in policy development/technical health writing, social media management and non-profit organisation management. Natalie currently runs a business providing clinical professional supervision to music therapists and other health and helping professions, along with contracting to the Australian Music Therapy Association in policy development and social media areas.

Continuing Education Credits: 3

Approvals: This course has been approved for 3 CMTEs.

Continuing Education credits in other countries will be determined and issued on a case by case basis.

Please contact us directly for more info.

Learning Objectives:

List two impacts of mental illness, and two ways music therapy can function to reduce these impacts I.C.2; I.D.4; II.A.1; II.A.2

List three high prevalence mental health disorders and what precautions music therapists need to take in treatment planning for these clients II.A.3; II.B.1; II.B.2; II.B.3; II.B.5

Discuss how mental health disorders may present in two non-mental health specific settings, and how music therapy may be used to support these clients I.B.1; I.B.4

Explain why rhythm is important for human beings, and how it connects us II.A.5

List the ‘big 5’ goals of music therapy in the mental health/trauma/addictions settings I.D.6

List the 5 main music therapy interventions discussed as related to the ‘big 5 goals’ I.B.3

Prerequisites: Participants must register and submit payment 48 hours prior to the short event.

Number of CMTEs Offered: 3

Course Cost: $10.00 USD for live presentation; $15.00 USD for access to recording (this charge is in addition to the cost for attending the live presentation. Participants may choose to access the live presentation, or the recorded presentation, or both for a fee of $25.00 USD).

Group Rates are available upon request. Group rates allow for one computer IP access with multiple viewers. Conact us at for more information.

Scholarships are also available with demonstration of need. Contact the OCMT Board of Directors at for information on scholarships.

Cancellation and Refund Policy: Participants may cancel at any time prior to one week before the short event and receive a full refund. Refunds will only be offered until one week prior to the short event as participants will receive information on how to access the online platform at that time. No refunds will be offered after May 5, 2019.

Statement of Relationship: Music Therapy, Mental Health, Trauma, and Addictions is approved by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) for 3 Continuing Music Therapy Education Credits. The Online Conference for Music Therapy, Inc. (#P-146) maintains responsibility for program quality and adherence to CBMT policies and criteria.

Continuing Music Therapy Education Information: The Online Conference for Music Therapy (OCMT) is a virtual meeting platform through which music therapists from around the world can learn and interact. A course evaluation will be made available via a dedicated electronic platform, and time will be allotted at the end of the short event for participants to complete the evaluation.

This short event will be recorded for access in the future. Participants will still complete the course evaluation if they desire CMTEs.

Certificates of completion will be delivered electronically once the required course evaluation has been collected. Attendance and completion of presentation viewing may be subject to verification through the OCMT user platform. The conference software generates a list of users who have accessed recorded information and who attended the synchronous presentation. The completion of the course evaluation will offer additional proof of attendance as information on how to access the evaluation will be made available during each presentation.

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