The Neurologic Music Therapy Training focuses on the use of music therapy for clients with neurologic disorders.
The training will be held by Prof. Dr. Michael Thaut and Dr. Corene Hurt-Thaut.
Neurologic music therapy (NMT) is an evidence-based treatment, which can be deployed in cases of traumatic brain damage, strokes, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease, Alzheimer’s, dementia, autism and other neurological disorders. It turns out, however, that the applicability of the neurological music therapy proceeds. Meanwhile, the first scientific results are scored with people with Down, autism spectrum disorders and psychiatric problems.
The NMT-programme comprises an interesting training for music therapists but also other disciplines working with these client populations, such as speech therapists, physical therapist. This training is open to allied professionals who are interested in gaining a deeper understanding of neurologic music therapy (NMT) and music therapists interested in utilizing NMT methodology and techniques.
Neurologic Music Therapy is defined as the therapeutic application of music to cognitive, sensory, and motor function due to neurologic disease of the human nervous system. Neurologic Music Therapy is research-based. Its treatment techniques are based on the scientific knowledge in music perception and production and the effects thereof on nonmusical brain and behavior functions. Populations served by Neurologic Music Therapists include, but are not limited to: stroke, traumatic brain injury, Parkinson's and Huntington's disease, cerebral palsy, developmental disorders, Alzheimer's disease, autism, and other neurological diseases affecting cognition, movement, and communication (e.g., MS, Muscular Dystrophy, etc). The 4-day, 30-hour training will provide therapists with advanced clinical training and scientific knowledge in the field of NMT. Upon completion of this course, participants will:
The most important principles and 20 specific technics of NMT concerning motor, speech-language and cognitive issues will be covered during this course.
- Scientific Foundations of NMT
- Neuropathology/ Disease Review
- Sensorimotor Techniques:
- Speech Techniques:
- Cognitive Techniques:
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A certificate for this programme in neurological music therapy is issued by the Robert Unkefer Academy of Neurologic Music Therapy, endorsed by the World Federation of Neurorehabilitation, and recognized as advanced continuing education training by CBMT. For Dutch music therapists the SRVB registration is expected to accredit the training. Completion of the NMT training allows the board-certified music therapist to practice and use the credential of NMT for three years. This training is open to other students and professionals outside of the field of music therapy, however, completion of the NMT training does NOT allow one to practice outside their professional licensure-training-certification. There are no required prerequisites to take this training.