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Session Details

J. Motivational Interviewing in Music-Centered Music Therapy
(Event: 2020 AMTA Conference)

Nov 20, 2020 12:00 pm - Nov 20, 2020 5:00 pm
Session Type: Additional Course
Track: .


Verbal processing is an essential skill for music therapists in many treatment settings, yet it can be difficult to determine the role of verbal skills in music-centered therapeutic processes where therapeutic transformation is explicitly located in the music encounter. Learn about motivational interviewing, an evidence-based verbal process that aligns with music-centered practices by eliciting change talk that, in turn, promotes patient-directed music engagement.

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will identify and define stages of a motivational interviewing process. (CBMT Domain II.B.4.b; II.B.4.j; III.A.3.e; V.A.6)
  2. Participants will identify and define aspects and characteristics of music-centered music therapy (CBMT Domain II.B.4.h; III.A.3.e.; III.4.f)
  3. Participants will describe how motivational interviewing techniques and interventions can promote music-centered music therapy processes. (CBMT Domain II.B.7; III.A.5.l; III.A.5.r)


  • 15 minutes: Provide overview of training; participants will introduce themselves and identify what they wish to receive from the training
  • 45 minutes: Explore motivational interviewing processes, including specific techniques, interventions, and guiding philosophy
  • 15 minutes: Break
  • 45 minutes: Introduce and explore theoretical foundations and practical applications of music-centered music therapy
  • 60 minutes: Discuss how motivational interviewing aligns with music-centered music therapy
  • 15 minutes: Break
  • 45 minutes: Experiential learning using role plays
  • 30 minutes: Debrief as a group about takeaways from the experientials
  • 30 minutes: Complete training with a summative overview



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