Continuing Education for Board Certified Music Therapists

2019 NJAMT Workshops

Beyond Lyric Analyses and Song Listening: Using Songs Within a Trauma-Informed Framework

Presenter: Maya Benattar MA, MT-BC, LCAT

Sunday, October 6, 2019  9am – 3pm

Montclair State University

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Annual NJAMT Workshop will be announced later.  Join NJAMT by March 15,2019 to attend for free!

Creative Arts Therapy Mini Conference

Collaboration of The New Jersey Chapter of the American Dance Therapy Association (NJADTA) and the New Jersey Association for Music Therapy (NJAMT)
Saturday, March 30th, 2019 from 9 AM to 4 PM
Rider University in Lawrenceville, New Jersey
Full time students $10/$15 (after 3/23); Professionals $50/$60 (after 3/23)
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What’s happening? We have invited a variety of creative arts therapists to help us spend the day together exploring the theme of Rhythm in Connection. We expect the workshops to be largely experiential as we discover how each of our modalities encourages building connection and community.

How do I register? Start by sending an email to, telling us your name, your credentials (or your full-time student status) and your preferred email address. We’ll send you a note back letting you know where to send payment.

Can I register on the day of the conference? Yes! But it will be cheaper if you send an email and register before 3/23/19.

Will I be able to get CMTE credits? Yes, but you will have to claim them as part of the Umbrella Groupings option (see pp. 17 and 18 of the CBMT Recertification Manual, which you can find here). We will provide you with a Certificate of Attendance only, as we are not pre-approved for CMTE credits.

What information do I need to get CMTE credit using the Umbrella Groupings route? Here are the elements you’ll need (as copied from the CBMT Recertification Manual, pp. 17-18):
Required Documentation for Umbrella Groupings
1) The activity title
2) The name of the activity sponsor
3) The name of the instructor
4) A written summary of the learning experience and its application to music therapy practice and the CBMT Board Certification Domains (approximately 250 words)
5) A copy of the brochure or syllabus for the activity
6) A copy of the certificate or proof of attendance (signature of presenter/presider)
7) The number of contact hours in the activity or program
8) Umbrella groupings must list the unifying topic, session titles, date(s), and instructor(s) for each session and include items 1 – 7
NOTE: Only one summary is required for umbrella grouping. The summary should tie together all of the sessions listed under an umbrella grouping. The information gained in the sessions should be adequately expressed and the learning occurred should be apparent.

Professional Clinical Supervision for NJAMT Members

January – March 2019 7 CMTEs Ongoing – Registration Closed

Presenters: Amy Clarkson, MMT, MT-BC, CP, PAT Northern, NJ
Amanda MacRae, MMT, MT-BC Southern, NJ

Board certified music therapists (MT-BC) are required to demonstrate continued competence to practice by regularly engaging in professional development (Qualifications to Practice). To learn more about the recertification process click here for the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT).

As part of its mission, New Jersey Association for Music Therapy (NJAMT) provides continuing education workshops that are:

  • CBMT approved typically for 3-6 continuing music therapy credits (CMTEs)
  • Free to NJAMT members who join by March 15 (non-members participate for a fee)
  • Opportunities to network and share concerns/ideas with other music therapists

Secondary benefits for participants are:

  • Opportunities to visit facilities in New Jersey that offer music therapy services or to host a workshop showcasing a facility
  • Opportunities to meet NJAMT officers and participate in the annual membership meeting held in conjunction with workshops

Past NJAMT Workshops and Presenters

  • Ethics for the 21st Century Music Therapist
            Cheryl Dileo, PhD, MT-BC
  • Ethical Considerations in Self-Care for Music Therapists: From Principles to Practice
            Angela Guerriero, M.Ed., MA, MM, MT-BC and Gregory Perkins, MT-BC
  • The Healing Power of Vocal Psychotherapy
            Diane Austin, DA, ACMT, LCAT
  • Conscious Drumming: Drumming from the Heart
            Jim Borling, MM, MT-BC, FAMI
  • New Jersey Music Therapy Legislative Hill Day
            Melissa Santiago, MS, MT-BC, CCLS
  • Advocacy Skills for Today's Music Therapist [Minimal Fee]
            Melissa Santiago, MS, MT-BC, CCLS and Paula Unsal, MM, MA, MT-BC
            Second Location: Beth Walls, MT-BC
  • Implications and Applications of Hip Hop Culture in Music Therapy
            Michael Viega, PhD, MT-BC, FAMI
  • Strategies for Coping with Secondary Stress in Creative Arts Therapies
            Kelly Meashey, MMT, MT-BC, FAMI, LCAT
  • Using the Creative Arts Therapies in Wellness and Recovery
            Bill Burns-Lynch, MA, CPRP
  • Supervision for Survival
            Janice Dvorkin, PsyD, MT-BC
  • It's Complicated: Exploring the Many Aspects of Countertransference
            Roia Rafieyan, MA, MT-BC and Mark Bottos, MCAT, DMT
  • Clinical Improvisation
            Alan Turry, DA, MT-BC, LCAT
  • Orchestrating a Sound Music Therapy Practice
            Kathy Murphy, PhD, MT-BC and Michael Mulligan, Esq.