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Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Music Therapy Training
(Event: 2017 AMTA Conference - A Mindful Approach to Music Therapy)

Nov 15, 2017 09:00 am - Nov 15, 2017 06:00 pm
Session Type: Special Training
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The National Institute for Infant and Child Medical Music Therapy is a pre-approved CMTE provider and offers specialized training for providing music therapy clinical services in Level III-IV Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU). It allows persons completing the requirements to receive a certificate stating same and to use the initials NICU-MT as a designation of specialized training. This institute comprises one of the 3 requirements for this specialized training and will consist of 8 CMTE hours of intensive classroom training.

Qualifications: This institute is available to music therapy interns and Board Certified Music Therapists.  The entire specialized training course may not be completed until Board Certification is documented.

Florida State University (#P-068) maintains responsibility for program quality and adherence to CBMT policies and criteria.

Institute Objectives:

1. To understand neurologic development in the 3rd trimester including gender differences (I A, B, C and D.)

2. To understand current knowledge about the development of hearing in the premature infant and implications for presentation of auditory stimuli (I C and D)

3. To understand the developmental timetable by gestational age and the assessment of same (I. C and D)

4. To understand the differentiation of medical vs. developmental treatment and compliance with NICU phases of developmental intervention (I D, II A).

5. To identify and understand the clinical application of research-based music therapy interventions with developmental benefit (1 D).

6. To understand the long-term consequences of premature birth and the clinical application of music therapy developmental activities for the first year of life. (1.D)

7. To be proficient in the provision of evidence-based NICU MT services. (II.A BC &  III A & B)

8. To be proficient in the provision of evidence-based MT services to premature infants re-admitted to the hospital as pediatric patients. (II. A, B, & C, III A & B).

9. To understand the ethics of interacting with extremely fragile patients. (IV. B.)

Institute Schedule:

  • 9:00-9:50        Fetal Development in the Third Trimester
  • 10:00-10:50    Medical and Developmental Problems of Prematurity        
  • 11:00-11:50    Assessment/Interdisciplinary Treatment, Referrals, Reimbursement
  • 12:00-1:00      Lunch
  • 1:00-1:50        Research in Music and Prematurity
  • 2:00-2:50        Music therapy methods in the NICU I: Music Listening and Multimodal Stimulation
  • 3:00-3:50        Music therapy Methods in the NICU II: Use of Music Reinforcement for Developmental Milestones and for Stress Reduction
  • 4:00-4:50        Music therapy and Parent Interactions
  • 5:00-5:30        MT After Discharge for the Premature Infant
  • 5:30-5:50         Questions and Final Evaluation of Course



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