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D. Challenging Behaviors in Music Therapy
(Event: 2021 AMTA Conference)

Oct 14, 2021 2:00 pm - Oct 14, 2021 5:00 pm
Session Type: Additional Course
Track: .


No matter how calm and supportive the therapeutic environment, disruptive and hurtful behaviors can occur in music therapy. Look at (1) factors contributing to difficult situations, (2) effective, pro-active plans for preventing a crisis when possible, and (3) options for responding to and stabilizing difficult incidents or emergencies. Hear tips for making music therapy a pleasant, supportive space welcoming clients to interact and make music. 

Presenter(s): Cathy Knoll, MA, MT-BC

3 CMTE-credit course

This course is eligible for LCAT CE Contact Hours (the same number of CMTE credit hours specified above) for continuing education for Licensed Creative Arts Therapists (LCATs) in New York State. AMTA is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed creative arts therapists. #CAT-0055.e

Learning Objectives

Learning Objective #1: Participants will identify at least 3 music therapy experiences to address client's aggression, danger to others, and impulse control. (CBMT Domain III.A.2.h, q, z)

Learning Objective #2: Participants will identify at least 3 strategies for a music therapist to mediate problems within the session, utilize session management skills, and utilize creativity and flexibility to meet client needs. (CBMT Domain III.A.n, p, ee)


  • 15 minutes Welcome & Introduction
  • 15 minutes Overview of Session Topic
  • 20 minutes Assessment & Documentation
  • (10 minute break)
  • 50 minutes Strategies & Interventions
  • (10 minute break)
  • 50 minutes Applications in Clinical Settings



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