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H. Introduction to Vocal Psychotherapy
(Event: 2018 AMTA Conference, "Music Therapy for a Growing World")

Nov 14, 2018 1:30 pm - Nov 14, 2018 6:30 pm
Session Type: Additional Course
Track: .


This workshop draws on the methods and techniques of Vocal Psychotherapy, an in-depth model of music psychotherapy developed by Dr. Diane Austin, which incorporates breath work, natural sounds, vocal improvisation, songs and dialogue to facilitate change and growth. Vocal Holding and Free Associative Singing techniques will be demonstrated.


Develop knowledge and understanding of the theoretical underpinnings and foundation of the vocal psychotherapy model.
II.A. 4. i. Recognize how the following treatment approaches and models inform clinical practice: psychodynamic.

Develop mind and body awareness through sound and movement experientials
II.A.1.b Develop a therapeutic relationship by being fully present and authentic.
II.A.5.o. To achieve therapeutic goals: Improvise instrumental or vocally
II.A.5.h. To achieve therapeutic goals: Employ active listening.

Develop an understanding of the role of deep breathing to ground, relax and/or energize in the therapeutic process.
II.A.2.aj. Provide music therapy experiences to address client’s preparedness for stressful situations.
II.A.2.bd. Provide music therapy experiences to address client’s wellness.
II.A.5.J. To achieve therapeutic goals: Employ music relaxation and/or stress reduction techniques. 


15 minutes--introduction of presenters, overview of course content
20 minutes--participant introductions
15 minutes--experiential psychodrama group warm-ups
25 minutes—vocal/movement group warm-ups
**10 minute break**
15 minutes—breathing/mindfulness experiential
45 minutes—introduction of Vocal Holding and Free Associative Singing techniques
**30 minute break**
70 minutes—Exploration of vocal psychotherapy techniques. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in experientials to broaden and deepen their understanding of these techniques. Participants will process and share their reactions/feelings/thoughts with the group.
**10 minutes break**
35 minutes—Continued exploration of VP techniques, participant Q and A.
10 minutes--wrap-up and review



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