“When Words Fail”: Music for Neurological Disorders and End-of-Life Therapy

Facilitator: Dr Kirstin Robertson-Gillam

Course Overview:
This one day workshop provides you a theoretical and practical introduction to the use of music for people with neurological disorders such as dementia, Parkinson’s, and for those facing end of life. Communication and emotional expression can be particularly difficult for people in these situations. Music can be a diverting, positive and enjoyable means through which communication can be made possible.

Learn how clients with neurological disorders can be given a means of non-verbal expression using symbols, the musical structure of songs, musical compositions for listening, song writing, imagery, visualisations and music-assisted meditation. This workshop is aimed at enhancing your existing practices and will provide valuable creative and evidence based tools for those who work with clients managing neurological disorders and end of life issues.

You will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn how to work with client-based non-verbal cues with music
  • Practise creating musical responses to behavioural expressions
  • See music influence emotional responses and psychological states
  • Learn how to adapt and apply music material therapeutically 
  • Consider how to use music material for guided meditation
  • Experience integrating music with other creative modalities 
  • Learn how to work with clients in altered states of consciousness using music

What ideas are explored:

  • How can music help clients suffering neurological conditions like dementia?
  • What musical techniques can support clients mastering neurological disorders? 
  • How can music help a person approach death in the best possible way?
  • How can music be integrated with other forms of therapy?
  • How do I introduce music mindfulness to clients?
  • Are there clients for whom music is not suitable?

Training methods will include:

  • Interactive presentations
  • Large group discussions
  • Pair and small group discussions
  • Live demonstration of methods
  • Practise with meditation techniques, imagery and visualisation and art
  • Reflection opportunities for application of methods
  • Learn in the safety and support of a small group

Who Should Attend:
All who are interested in incorporating elements of music into therapeutic work. Psychologists, social workers, counsellors, psychotherapists, music therapists, art therapists, diversional therapists, pastoral workers, other allied health professionals and students. Provisional psychologists can attend at student rates. Musical skills are not a requirement.

Workshop Details:
Included in the workshop price:

  • 6 CPD points/hours (12 hours for AASW members)
  • Comprehensive Bound Seminar Workbook
  • Certificate of Attendance
  • Lunch, Morning & Afternoon Teas
  • GST
  • Early bird savings for bookings made two months prior to training

Workshop Cost:
Regular Price $330
Early Bird $300 (paid 2 months prior to workshop)
Student Price $270
Student Early Bird $250 (paid 2 months prior to workshop)

This event counts as 4 hours of category A & 2 hours category B CPD for PACFA’s membership renewal requirements.

For full details regarding the event please go to the website.

9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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