The Rebecca Center for Music Therapy at Molloy College Presents:

The Other Side of the Coin:  Artistic and Humanistic Evidence in Relationship-Based Therapy Work

 A One-day Conference for Creative Arts Therapists, Health Care Professionals, Artists, Musicians, students, and those involved in the Humanities

Friday, April 8, 2011 ● Wilbur Arts Center, Rockville Centre campus

Conference Purpose and Audience

The purpose of this conference is to educate and showcase evidence-based practice in the arts from a humanistic perspective. This conference is designed for Creative Arts Therapists, Health Care Professionals, Artists, Musicians, students, those involved in the Humanities; as well as anyone who is interested in evidence-based qualitative research in relationship-based therapy.

Conference Description

Natural science has long been the primary means by which to validate the relationship-based therapies. Positivist principles of control, predictability, reduction of people and human phenomena to standardized measures and quantitative variables have long been considered the “gold standard” for appraising the value of any given therapeutic modality. With the growing acceptance of Qualitative Research and mixed-methods studies in healthcare, along with a movement toward arts-based research in health disciplines, what counts as meaningful evidence for therapy involving human relationship has come under serious scrutiny. While certain science-based paradigms have exclusive capacity to validate these forms of therapy, this is not the only viable perspective. Just as medicine and science offer their own forms of rigor in addressing measures of evidence for health-promoting practices, the arts and humanities likewise offer various forms of rigor, expanding traditional views of medicine and science. These qualitative, arts-based approaches, represent a uniquely valuable contribution to the therapeutic community. This one-day event will address these areas from various points of view, through examples from various arts-based therapies from the music therapy perspective.

 Agenda

8:00-8:30 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30-8:45 a.m. Welcome: John A. Carpente, Ph.D., MT-BC, LCAT, NRMT – Conference Chair

8:45-9:00 a.m. Keynote Address: Kenneth Aigen, D.A., MT-BC, LCAT, NRMT

9:00-10:00 a.m. A Critique of Arguments for a Medical Model of Music Therapy: Historical Origins and Contemporary Development: Kenneth Aigen, D.A., MT-BC, LCAT, NRMT

10:10-11:10 a.m. Understanding the Value of Relationship-Based Therapies from a Health Humanities Perspective: Brian Abrams, Ph.D., MT-BC, LPC, LCAT, FAMI

 11:20 a.m.-12:20 p.m.  Qualitative Synthesis, Practice-based Evidence, and Ways of Knowing in Music Therapy Practice: Anthony Meadows Ph.D., MT-BC, FAMI, LPC

12:20-1:20 p.m. Lunch (Provided by Molloy College)

1:20-2:20 p.m. Jordan Can Sing: Exploring Musical Connections in Improvisational Music Therapy: Suzanne Sorel, D.A., MT-BC, LCAT, NRMT

2:20-2:35 p.m. Break

2:35-3:35 p.m. The Music Therapy Assessment of Automatic Thoughts: The Use of Music Improvisation to Assess Couples’ Communication: R. Keith Botello, M.M.T., MT-BC

3:35-4:00 p.m.Closing & Post-test and distribution of for CMTE Certificates: John A. Carpente, Ph.D., MT-BC

The Topics and the Presenters

Kenneth Aigen, D.A., LCAT, MT-BC, NRMT

A Critique of Arguments for a Medical Model of Music Therapy: Historical Origins and Contemporary Developments

Since the origins of the music therapy profession, a number of arguments have been put forth to support a medical model of music therapy that is investigated through quantitative research. This presentation will review and critique these arguments and present an alternative portrait of the foundation where music-centered, relationship-centered, and context-based factors predominate.

 Brian Abrams, Ph.D., MT-BC, LPC, LCAT, FAMI

Understanding the Value of Relationship-Based Therapies from a Health Humanities Perspective

The Creative Arts and other Relationship-Based Therapies have been categorized as medical and/or social sciences. However, this has been something of a paradigm mismatch, as scientific mechanisms and evaluative standards (e.g., conventional, medically-oriented “evidence-based practice”) do not tend to align well with the arts-based foundations of theses Therapies. This presentation will provide an alternative view of these mechanisms and evaluative standards, based in the Health Humanities.

Anthony Meadows Ph.D., MT-BC, FAMI, LPC

Qualitative Synthesis, Practice-based Evidence, and Ways of Knowing in Music Therapy Practice

Qualitative Syntheses seek to combine the findings from individual qualitative studies into a collective understanding of a topic under investigation. What kinds of knowledge are revealed when doing so, and what impact might this have on music therapy research and clinical practice? This presentation provides an overview of qualitative synthesis, relates it to practice-based evidence, and further interprets this through Wilber’s Four-Quadrant Model (Wilber, 1995; 2000).

 Suzanne Sorel, D.A., MT-BC, LCAT, NRMT

Jordan Can Sing: Exploring Musical Connections in Improvisational Music Therapy

This presentation will highlight the non-linear progress of Jordan, a six-year old boy diagnosed with pervasive developmental disorder, in individual music therapy. Video excerpts will show moments of connection in the therapy process. Clinical, psychological, and personal dynamics will be explored that relate to humanistic and transpersonal philosophies.

R. Keith Botello, M.M.T., MT-BC

The Music Therapy Assessment of Automatic Thoughts: The Use of Music Improvisation to Assess Couples’ Communication.

This presentation is involves the development of an action-oriented approach to assist couples in the marriage counseling process.  The researcher will provide theoretical information when discussing the development of the Music Therapy Assessment of Automatic Thoughts (MTAAT) and it method in obtaining data for the purposes of enhanced treatment and research.

Continuing Education Credit (CMTE)

Molloy College is approved by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) for 7 Continuing Music Therapy Education (CMTE) credits. Credits awarded by CBMT are accepted by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC). Molloy College maintains responsibility for program quality and adherence to CBMT policies and criteria.

 Registration

Phone-in registration is available by calling 516-678-5000 ext. 6206 with your MasterCard or Visa. To register in person, by fax or mail, please follow the directions on the Registration Form located on the inside back cover of this brochure. Online registration is available on our website at: www.molloy.edu/ce.

Course Number: MTC 1000 Section A

Friday, April 8, 2011; 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Tuition Rates:

Early Registration by February 4: $35

Regular Registration, February 5 – April 1: $45

Late registration, after April 1 or at the door: $55

Students (provide copy of student ID): No Charge

 Registration is limited. In-person registration the day of the conference is on a space available basis and cannot be guaranteed.

Refund Policy: A full refund will be granted as long as you contact us by April 1st. Refunds will not be granted after April 1st: however, substitutions can be made until the day of the conference at no charge.

Location

The conference will be given at Molloy’s Rockville Centre campus located at 1000 Hempstead Avenue, Rockville Centre, NY, 11571. The campus is located about 40 minutes east of New York City. Travel directions will be sent with your confirmation, but can also be found on our website at: www.molloy.edu/ce/directions.asp.

If you should need hotel arrangements, please call 516-678-5000 ext. 6483 or visit us on the web at www.molloy.edu/ce/t3/hotels.asp for a list of area hotels.

Questions regarding conference content or speakers?

Contact John A. Carpente, Ph.D., MT-BC, LCAT, NRMT – Conference Chair

Email: jcarpente@molloy.edu;

Phone: 516.678.5000 ex. 6757

 Questions regarding registration?

Contact Helena Barani, Assistant to the Director, Summer Sessions and

Conference Services

Email: hbarani@molloy.edu

Phone: 516.678.5000 ex. 6483

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION VISIT: WWW.THEREBECCACENTER.ORG

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About drjohnmtbc

John A. Carpente, PhD, MT-BC, LCAT, NRMT, Assistant Professor in Music and Music Therapy at Molloy College, is the Founder and Executive Dir

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