Continuing Education for Board Certified Music Therapists

2020 NJAMT Workshop


All sessions will take place on Zoom.  Registrants will receive the links via email before the event. 

Session 1: Dr. John Mondanaro

Tuesday, October 27, 7:00pm-9:00pm (EST)

John Mondanaro PhD, MT-BC, LCAT, CCLS is the Clinical Director of the Louis Armstrong Department of Music Therapy, where he oversees inpatient services and all clinical training programs. Earning his Ph.D. and M.A. in Music Therapy at New York University, John has written and presented extensively on the arts in healthcare, and is a co-editor of the book, Music and Medicine: Integrative Models in the Treatment of Pain. As a music psychotherapist specializing in palliative care through the lifespan, John’s training and experience across the expressive arts has culminated in a unique clinical approach that is humanistic to the core in its valuing of body, mind, and spirit integration. 

Session 2: Dr. Sue Hadley

Saturday, November 7, 11:00am-1:00pm (EST)

Susan Hadley, Ph.D., MT-BC, is the Director of Music Therapy at Slippery Rock University where she teaches the graduate coursework, all of which infuses issues of diversity and centers the work in a commitment to social change. Her books include Sociocultural Identities in Music Therapy: Examples and Implications; Experiencing Race as a Music Therapist: Personal Narratives; Therapeutic Uses of Rap and Hip Hop; Feminist Perspectives in Music Therapy; Narrative Identities: Psychologist Engaged in Self Construction; and Psychodynamic Music Therapy: Case Studies. She has published numerous articles, chapters, and reviews; serves on the editorial boards of several journals; and is co-editor-in-chief of the open access journal Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy.

Session 3: Dr. Debbie Bates

Saturday, November 14, 11:00am-1:00pm (EST)

Dr. Debbie Bates, PhD, MT-BC is the Music Therapy Manager for Arts and  Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic and provides music therapy services to patients and  families in the Taussig Cancer Institute. With over 20 years of clinical experience, she  received her Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy from the University of Dayton and her  Masters and PhD in Music Therapy from Temple University. Debbie frequently presents  about music therapy ethics at regional, national, and international music therapy  conferences and has authored publications on this topic. She is an adjunct professor for the  Masters of Music Therapy programs at Augsburg University (MN), Loyola University  (LA), and St. Mary-of -the-Woods College (IN).

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify two ways in which the pandemic and related current stressors may impact relationship with and/or ability to serve clients (BCD III.A.1f)
  2. Identify one new use of technology that assists music therapy clinicians during/since the pandemic that may enhance their music therapy work (BCD III.A.5x)
  3. Assess personal biases, including cultural competency and cultural humility, and recognize one way in which the application of awareness to music therapy work will improve therapeutic relationships. (BCD II.C.4; IV.A.3; V.B.2,11)

Prerequisites:  MT-BC, MT students & interns, members of NJAMT 

Qualifications & Credentials:  MT-BC, MT students & interns, members of NJAMT 

Number of CMTE's Offered: 6

Course Cost:

Free for NJAMT members who joined before March 15, 2020  

$5.00 for students, includes membership through end of year  

$50.00 for professional members who joined NJAMT after March 15, includes membership  through end of year  

$80.00 for MT-BC non-members, includes membership through end of year  

NOTE: Participants must attend all three sessions to earn attendance certificate. MT-BCs  may claim segments of the course on their own, but acceptance by CBMT is not guaranteed.  LCATs must attend all sessions to receive credit--partial credit cannot be conveyed. 

Cancellation/refund policy:

A refund will be given for cancellations requested 7 days prior to the event. No refund will  be given after this date or for no-shows. If the workshop is cancelled by the presenter or by  NJAMT, a full refund will be given to all prepaid registrants. 

Statement of Relationship:

Embracing Change: Music Therapists Processing, Adapting, and Innovating” is  approved by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) for 6 Continuing  Music Therapy Education credits. The MAR-AMTA P#065 maintains responsibility for  program quality and adherence to CBMT policies and criteria. MAR-AMTA, 

#CAT-0021, is approved by the New York State Education Department’s State Board  for Mental Health Practitioners as an acceptable provider of continuing professional  education (CPE) for licensed creative arts therapists. Embracing Change: Music  Therapists Processing, Adapting, and Innovating” provides [6] contact hours for  LCATs.


    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


    • Beyond Lyric Analyses and Song Listening: Using Songs Within a Trauma-Informed Framework
             Maya Benattar MA, MT-BC, LCAT
    • 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.