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education & training

Introduction

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Training and Education
The music therapists of the Armstrong Team provide clinical music therapy supervision. Prospective interns may apply at any time by requesting an application and sending it in with a video of themselves playing guitar, piano, a wind or string and singing. Wind and string players are welcomed and favored. The department has institutional affiliations with Drexel University, New York University, Temple University, Loyola College, Molloy College, Montclair State University, and Berklee College of Music. It has been an approved training site for the American Association for Music Therapy (AMTA) since 1981 and on the National Roster of the American Music Therapy Association since the merge in 1998. The internship fosters skills in the AMTA professional competency areas of music foundations and skills, clinical foundations of therapy, ethics, research and foundations and principles of music therapy assessment, treatment planning, implementation, evaluation and documentation (for more on the professional competencies go to http://www.musictherapy.org/competencies.html ). Read more about internship opportunities here.
International clinical training has included university programs in Germany, Korea, Japan, Europe and Scandinavia. John Mondanaro is the Clinical Director of the internship program. Dr. Loewy is affiliated with Hahnemann Creative Arts in Therapy Program at Drexel University and with New York University Masters in Music Therapy.

Training for Non-Interns
The Louis Armstrong Music Therapy Programs provide two-day orientation and observation for professionals, students, Doctors, RNs, Chaplains, Social workers, PTs, OTs, Music Educators and others. Who would like to observe and/or learn more about all of our music therapy programs at Beth Israel. This official training program became customized in January 2006 due to the growing interest in our program and the number of observations requested. Our team seeks to organize and consolidate the experience of the observer. In this way each visit includes overview of a broad range of populations, clinical music therapy techniques and areas of clinical interest that professionals and students desire to learn about. This best seems to meet the needs of our visitors as well, and most accurately reflects the full range of practice and techniques that we provide in medical music therapy.

The first day of the visit is an orientation, complete with video and a folder of medical music psychotherapy articles and readings as it pertains to our program. The orientation includes a tour and some experiential work as well. Day two is an observation day. We try to cater this to the population of the observer's choice, and provide processing time for the observation. The fee for the two days is $225.

Interested trainees may call John Mondanaro at (212) 420-2722 to schedule a time or email info@musicandmedicine.org .

Child Life Certification
Child Life internships are now available to Board-Certified Music Therapists seeking dual certification to expand career opportunities. This 480 hour internship within a medical music psychotherapy program focuses on music therapy as a crucial component of the psychosocial care of hospitalized children. Interns will master the medical application of music therapy in terms of procedural support, pain management, and respiratory care, and will be eligible to sit for the child life certification examination. For information on Child Life Services, please go to www.childlife.org. Please contact John Mondanaro, MA, MT-BC, LCAT, CCLS at 212-420-2722 or jmondana@chpnet.org for program fees, full-time and part-time scheduling options, and further information.

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