Academy of Neurologic Music Therapy International Symposium 2022 - ASYNCH

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Academy of Neurologic Music Therapy International Symposium 2022 - ASYNCH

Academy of Neurologic Music Therapy 1st International Clinical Consensus Symposium 2022 - Asynchronous Opportunity

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Ongoing opportunity available through January 31st, 2023

Due to the overwhelming interest in the NMT International Clinical Consensus Symposium, we have decided to create the opportunity for those who were unable to participate initially to do so asynchronously. This opportunity will be available throughout the months of December and January. Upon registering, you will receive the link to the modules from the Symposium. These will be available to you for 30 days. After 60 days and/or by February 28th, 2023, each registrant must participate live in an NMT Focused Forum, NMT Support Chapter Meeting, or an NMT Global Support Meeting. Information for finding these opportunities and logging them will be provided upon registration.

Please see below for information regarding the original Symposium:

This 10-hour (12 CMTEs) professional development Clinical Consensus Symposium was held in response to financial and other pandemic related hardships and in an effort to support the Academy mission to disseminate and advance the worldwide practice of NMT. This symposium will provide 10 hours of meaningful high quality professional enrichment at a low cost to NMT Affiliates, allowing them to achieve their continued professional development requirements. Completion of the asynchronous symposium will give you 10 Professional Development credits toward your NMT Affiliation and 12 CMTE credits that can be applied towards your Certification Board for Music Therapy (CBMT) recertification. This opportunity is open to all current Affiliates of the Academy of Neurologic Music Therapy.


(All times are American Eastern Standard Time)

Friday, November 18, 2022

17:30-18:00 Registration

18:00-18:30 Opening Session

18:30-19:30 Keynote Address - Dr. Michael Thaut, Dr. Gerard Francisco, Dr. Isabel Buard

19:30-20:30 Focused Forums

Saturday, November 19, 2022

8:15-8:45 Registration

8:45-9:45 Focused Forums

9:45-10:00 Break

10:00-11:30 Concurrent Sessions:

  • NMT in Neurorehabilitation - Caitlin Hebb and Delaney Mohesky
  • ASD and Neurodevelopmental Disorders - Suzanne Oliver and Rebecca Eager
  • Aging/Dementia/Long-term Care - Dr. Corene Thaut and Carolyn Dobson

11:30-11:45 Break

11:45-13:15 Concurrent Sessions:

  • Neurologic Music Therapy in Psychiatry - Cameron Haigh
  • Clinical Vocal Techniques - Jessica Teich
  • Interdisciplinary NMT Teams - Amy Marroquin, Maegan Morrow, and TIRR Team

13:15-14:00 Break

14:00-15:30 The Voice and Voice Therapy: ‘What Music Therapists Should Know’ - Dr. Charlene Santoni

15:30-15:45 Break

15:45-16:45 Ethics around NMT - Academy Advisory Council

16:45-17:00 Break

17:00-18:30 The Future of Telehealth: Research, Education, Business Models, Clinical Work - Nicole Richard (Research), Caitlin Hebb (Business), Dr. Corene Thaut (Education), NMTSA Team (Clinical Work)

18:30-19:00 Wrap Up

******* PRESENTATIONS *******

NMT in Neurorehabilitation: Case Examples, Considerations, and Program Development for a Successful Clinician (Caitlin Hebb and Delaney Mohesky)

This presentation will be a deep dive in the various ways to be successful in neurorehabilitation implementing neurologic music therapy from both the perspective of the individual clinician and company. Presenters will discuss steps to take in the beginning of a program, treatment of complex case studies, and further growth of a program. This will be interactive as well as presenters will have videos demonstrating various populations and treatment domains in neurorehab.

The NMT Treatment System and Autism: The Intersection of Neuroscience and Relationship (Suzanne Oliver and Rebecca Eager)

In this presentation Suzanne and Rebecca will discuss neuroscience, neurodiversity and partnering together with clients for impact and independence.

Aging, Dementia, and Long-term Care (Carolyn Dobson & Dr. Corene Thaut)

Aging tends to be associated with decline or disease. How can neurologic music therapy interventions encourage healthy aging, slow decline, and challenge disease progression? Does cognitive impairment prevent physical activity or can NMT techniques improve mobility in persons with dementia? This session will discuss interventions with the healthy aging, long term care, and dementia population in community living.

Neurologic Music Therapy in Psychiatry: 'People need stuff like this in their lives' (Cameron Haigh)

This presentation will examine the role of neurologic music therapy in mental health settings, particularly the presenter's research on Musical Attention Control Training for Schizophrenia. Integration of the Transformational Design Model within Recovery-Oriented Practice will be considered and clinical examples of NMT techniques applied in mental health care will be presented.

Clinical Vocal Techniques (Jessi Teich)

Practicing neurologic music therapists have varied pedagogical backgrounds, some that may not include singing. Furthermore, vocalists who pursue careers in neurologic music therapy must change their approach regarding the use of voice as a treatment tool. Learn how to distinguish between performative and clinical singing and improve confidence in your clinical voice.

Interdisciplinary NMT Teams (Amy Marroquin and Maegan Morrow)

This presentation consists of a brief overview of 2 hospital systems and how their core values have created a culture of collaboration. Amy will speak on TIRR Memorial Hermann and Maegan will discuss Houston Methodist. There will also be discussion about the importance of NMT within an interdisciplinary team focusing on collaboration with other therapies. Guest speakers: Ileana Herrin, OTR, CBIS-T and Dr. Elizabeth "Liz" Larkin, PT, DPT, PhD(c), CBIS.

The Voice and Voice Therapy: ‘What Music Therapists Should Know’ (Dr. Charlene Santoni)

Voice production depends on an intact neurological system to maintain optimal tension in the vocal folds, and to produce the proper airflow and air pressures needed for voicing. This presentation explores normal voice production and the effects of neurogenic disease on the voice. Basic voice evaluation techniques that support clinical decision-making will be considered, and clinical exercises that target specific voice impairments will be described.

Ethics in Neurologic Music Therapy (The NMT Academy Advisory Council)

NMT Academy Advisory Council members will discuss ethical responsibilities and considerations as an affiliate of the Academy, and provide affiliates with an opportunity to ask questions related to the Mission of the Academy.

The Future of Telehealth: Research, Education, Business Models, Clinical Work - (Nicole Richard (Research), Caitlin Hebb (Business), Dr. Corene Thaut (Education), NMTSA Team (Clinical Work))

This presentation will inform attendees about aspects of telehealth implementation of Neurologic Music Therapy. You will learn about recent research findings on the benefits and challenges of telehealth, how telehealth is incorporated into clinical education, practical tips for how telehealth can improve accessibility, and how to optimize telehealth in the music therapy business.

******* PRESENTERS*******

Carolyn A Dobson, AAP-BC, MT-BC, Neurologic Music Therapist Fellow

​​Carolyn Dobson has been a Board Certified Music Therapist for over 20 years. Her clinical experience spans from childbirth to palliative care. Her clinical work for the last 17 years as a Neurologic Music Therapist focuses on older adults in the rehab setting, successful aging in long term care, and those with neurodegenerative diseases. Carolyn’s clinical practice serves the Dallas, TX (USA) metroplex, senior living communities, and respite day-programs. She serves as a member of the Academy of Neurologic Music Therapy Advisory Council and locally, facilitates the North Texas Support Chapter for NMT affiliates.

Rebecca Eager, RMT, Neurologic Music Therapist Fellow

Rebecca Eager completed her initial NMT training in 2010 and subsequent fellowships in 2012, 2016 and 2021. She runs a private practice in Brisbane, Australia called NMTSB (Neurologic Music Therapy Services Brisbane) specialising in working with autistic and neurodiverse children and adults. Rebecca has an interest in supporting individuals in the areas of motor planning and sensory integration. In 2012-2015 she was employed with University of Queensland as an academic lecturer and clinical placement coordinator for the Masters of Music Therapy course and enjoys teaching and supporting others. Aside from NMTSB, Rebecca is currently engaged in a research team contracted through Queensland University of Technology investigating the impact of a program (RAMSR – Rhythm and Movement for Self Regulation) informed by NMT underlying principles and research and developed to improve self regulation skills in children.

Cameron Haigh, RMT, Neurologic Music Therapist Fellow

Cameron Haigh works in Queensland Health (Australia) where his roles include music therapy clinical work in adolescent and adult mental health, acquired brain injury, and music therapy clinical education. Cameron became a Registered Music Therapist after graduating from the University of Queensland in 1999, is a Fellow of the Academy of Neurologic Music Therapy, and is completing a research masters with the University of Melbourne investigating the topic of Musical Attention Control Training for Schizophrenia.

Caitlin Hebb, MT-BC, Neurologic Music Therapist Fellow

Caitlin Hebb is the Clinical Operations Manager for MedRhythms Therapy. She graduated from Berklee College of Music with a degree in Music Therapy, and received her Fellowship from The Academy for Neurologic Music Therapy. Caitlin supervises a team of clinicians and is responsible for implementing and maintaining MedRhythms NMT programs at all of their partnering facilities. Her clinical work is primarily at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital where she treats patients experiencing traumatic brain injury, stroke, spinal cord injury, and more. She is passionate about education and advocacy, and has spoken at several regional and national conferences. In addition, Caitlin is the internship and practicum coordinator providing clinical placements for various levels of students interested in NMT.

Corene P. Hurt-Thaut, MT-BC, PhD, Neurologic Music Therapist Fellow

Corene Hurt-Thaut received her master’s in music therapy, and her PhD with an interdisciplinary focus of music, neuroscience and statistical design, from Colorado State University. She served as a special assistant professor of music therapy from 1997-2014, teaching classes in piano technique, music therapy methods and counseling for psychiatric populations, music therapy methods in neuro-rehabilitation, research in music therapy, advanced techniques in neurologic rehabilitation, and seminars in neurologic music therapy. She was a research associate at The Center for Biomedical Research in Music at Colorado State University from 1997-2015, and the co-founder and program director of The Unkefer Academy for Neurologic Music Therapy International Training Institutes and Fellowship Trainings for Neurologic Music Therapy since 1999. She is nationally and internationally recognized for her clinical expertise in the evidence based practice of Neurologic Music Therapy, with clinical experience including 3 ½ years as a music therapist at Wesley Woods Geriatric Hospital and the Center for Rehabilitation Medicine at Emory University Medical School in Atlanta, and 4 years as a Neurologic Music Therapist at Poudre Valley Hospital and The Center for Neurologic Rehabilitation in Fort Collins, Colorado. Her work has included a diverse range of clinical populations including: stroke, Parkinson’s disease, traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, autism, and psychiatric disorders. She served on the exam committee for the National Certification Board for Music Therapy (CBMT) as both a member and Committee Chair from 2001-2006, and as an elected member of the CBMT National Board of Directors from 2009-2013. She has also served as President and Vice President of the Midwestern Region of American Music Therapy Association. Dr. Hurt-Thaut has numerous research publications in the area of music and motor control as well as ten book chapters highlighting specific applications of neurologic music therapy to her credit.

Cheryl Jones, RP, MTA, PhD, Neurologic Music Therapist Fellow

Cheryl Jones is an accredited music therapist and a registered psychotherapist. She has been a teacher in the music therapy departments at Wilfrid Laurier University and Concordia University and is regularly an invited guest lecturer at universities and conferences. In addition to teaching, she has also provided clinical supervision for student internships. She has served on the accreditation board for the Canadian Association for Music Therapy. Cheryl maintains a private clinical practice working on rehabilitation goals with individuals who have sustained an acquired brain injury. She also has clinical experience with other populations including Alzheimer’s and dementia, autism, Huntington’s Disease, Parkinson’s, palliative care, and a range of mental health disorders. Cheryl was one of the first NMTs in Canada and was the first Canadian NMT fellow. She currently serves on the Advisory Council for the NMT Academy.

Amy Marroquin, MT-BC, Neurologic Music Therapist Fellow

Amy Marroquin, a graduate from Sam Houston State University, has had a long career as a Senior Music Therapist at TIRR Memorial Hermann hospital in Houston. She began her employment at TIRR in 2000 after working for several school systems and contracting with several nursing homes in Houston and surrounding areas. At TIRR she is part of an interdisciplinary team that treats patients who have sustained Traumatic Brain Injury, Stroke, Neurologic disorders, and Spinal Cord Injury. She is a Board Certified Music Therapist and a member of the American Music Therapy Association. She received her initial Neurologic Music Therapy training in 2000 and then received her advanced fellowship training in Neurologic Music Therapy in 2002, and she remains in good standing with the Unkefer Academy of Neurologic Music Therapy. In 2002, she also assumed the role of Internship Director for the National Roster Music Therapy Internship Program at TIRR Memorial Hermann. To date, they have guided over 25 interns into the music therapy profession.

Delaney Mohesky, MT-BC, Neurologic Music Therapist Fellow

Delaney graduated from Florida State University with a degree in music therapy and received her fellowship in NMT from the Academy for Neurologic Music Therapy. She is a clinician and internship supervisor at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital treating patients with traumatic brain injury, stroke, PD, and spinal cord injuries. Delaney is passionate about research in the field of music and neuroscience as well as educating others on the clinical implementation of NMT.

Maegan Morrow, MT-BC, Neurologic Music Therapist Fellow

Maegan Morrow graduated from Sam Houston State University and received her advanced fellowship training in Neurologic Music Therapy at the Robert F. Unkefer Academy of Neurologic Music Therapy. She is a Board Certified Music Therapist and member of the American Music Therapy Association and currently works at Houston Methodist hospital in the Woodlands, TX. For the past 17 years, Maegan had been practicing Music Therapy at TIRR Memorial Hermann is the largest medical center, the Texas medical center in Houston. Her primary area of expertise is using Neurologic Music Therapy techniques for interdisciplinary work in a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation setting.

Suzanne Oliver, MT-BC, Neurologic Music Therapist Fellow

Suzanne Oliver is the Founder and Executive Director of Neurologic Music Therapy Services of Arizona/NMTSA, a nonprofit organization that has provided clinical music therapy services to the Phoenix community for over 32 years. She also founded a school for students with autism, approved through the Arizona Department of Education, in 2007. Suzanne is a Board Certified Music Therapist received her NMT training in 1999, and additionally has completed three fellowships through the Center for Biomedical Research in Music since that time. Suzanne assisted in developing the Unkefer Academy for Neurologic Music Therapists at CSU and co-authored the Medical Coding and Records Manual: Neurologic Music Therapy. Her passion is to educate the community on current research regarding the impact of rhythm on the brain and how this knowledge can positively impact the treatment of individuals with neurologic differences and improve their everyday life.

Nicole Richard Williams, MT-BC, PhD Candidate, Neurologic Music Therapist Fellow

Nicole Richard Williams is in the final stages of completing her PhD in Music and Health Sciences at the University of Toronto with Dr. & Dr. Thaut. She also teaches music therapy at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. Nicole’s research is investigating how neurologic music therapy impacts motor skills in autistic children and adults, which includes as applications to telehealth and more basic research on the influence of sound on motor timing.

Charlene Santoni, PhD, Neurologic Music Therapy Allied Professional

Charlene Santoni received her Master’s Degree in Vocal Pedagogy and her Ph.D. in Music and Health Science with a specialization in voice from The University of Toronto. Her doctoral research explored ways of influencing oral-nasal balance in speech and singing in typical speakers and speakers with hypernasality. Her work earned publication in the Journal of Voice, Folia Phoniatrica et Logopaedica, and The International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology. She also co-authored a chapter on music-inspired speech and language rehabilitation that is featured in the Oxford Handbook for Music and the Brain. She is currently a guest lecturer at The University of Toronto and a sessional singing voice instructor at McMaster University. She also maintains a private studio where she provides advanced singing training, singing voice rehabilitation services, and vocal intonation therapy. In 2014, she was awarded The National Association of Teachers of Singing Voice Pedagogy Award. Charlene is a Neurologic Music Therapy Affiliated Professional that specializes in vocal intonation therapy. For more information about Dr. Santoni, you can visit her website:

Jessi Teich, MT-BC, PhD Candidate

Jessi Teich (pronounced teach) is an international award-winning songwriter and recording artist. Jessi studied voice with Jan Shapiro and Robin McKelle, receiving a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Berklee College of Music. After graduating, Jessi worked as a vocal coach while pursuing a music performance career during which she recorded several albums spanning multiple genres. Currently, she is a PhD candidate in Music and Health Sciences at the University of Toronto. Her research is focused on the impact of music-based intervention on motor learning and sensory processing in children with autism spectrum disorder. Jessi works as a clinician at the Neurologic Music Therapy Services of Arizona alongside Suzanne Oliver where she has gained extensive clinical experience working with various neurodivergent populations.

The Academy is approved by the U.S.Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) as an advanced provider for Continuing Music Therapy Education (CMTE) credits [The Robert F. Unkefer Academy for Neurologic Music Therapy, #P-105, maintains responsibility for program quality and adherence to CBMT policies and criteria].

This 10-hour Symposium will provide the NMT Affiliate with 10 professional development credits (60 mins=1hr) that can be applied toward their Academy Affiliation and 12 CMTE credits (50 mins=1 hr)that can be applied towards CBMT recertification. The certificate of completion received following the Symposium can be submitted as proof of your attendance and participation.

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