Challenging Behaviors Toolbox:
Proactive Music Therapy Strategies
by Cathy Knoll, MA, MT-BC
20 page workbook and detailed online audio discussion
© 2014 ISBN 978-0-9815947-3-6
Option for 10 CMTE credits
The Challenging Behaviors Toolbox: Proactive Music Therapy Strategies gets down to the nitty-gritty with tough behavior issues. What factors can a therapist control, and which are beyond control? How do we prevent extremely disruptive or harmful behaviors? How do we reshape negative behaviors ingrained in a person's daily life? Do we ever escalate the situation? Do we fall in the trap of "don't-itis?" This new music therapy toolbox not only challenges behaviors, but also challenges therapists to sharpen their skills and develop effective interventions and contingency plans for dealing pro-actively with inevitable behavior issues. This popular self-study e-course provides the framework for each music therapist to develop their own approach to pro-active behavior management and to formulate strategies to implement in each unique situation they may encounter in music therapy. This self-study course includes the option for earning 10 CMTE credits approved by CBMT for just $6.00 per credit hour.
Chapter 1: What's Going On? Discussion of the scope of real-life behaviors that typically arise in music therapy.
Chapter 2: Here's the Deal. Discussion of factors that contribute to and cause challenging behaviors, some of which are within therapist's control and some of which are beyond our control.
Chapter 3: Prevention Strategies. Discussion of therapist's responsibility to set up the optimal situation for effective therapy and for preventing difficult behaviors when possible.
Chapter 4: Proactive Planning. Discussion about making proactive rather than reactive contingency plans for dealing with challenging behavior emergencies.
Chapter 5: When the Roof Caves In. Discussion about implementing an emergency plan if necessary and for regrouping after a major behavior incident.
Chapter 6: Analyzing the Situation. Discussion of a systematic method for documenting the behavior incident, analyzing the situation, revising contingency plans, and documenting progress.
Chapter 7: Step-by-step instructions for the option of earning 10 CMTE credits approved by CBMT for just $6.00 per CMTE hour.
Learning Objectives for the Challenging Behaviors Toolbox
1. Assess the underlying cause of a behavior issue and determine the catalyst for the behavior in the music therapy sessions. (CBMT Scope of Practice 2010: I. Assessment and Treatment Planning, A. Assessment 1-4).
2. Develop music therapy treatment plan, interventions, and session structure that optimizes effective therapy and minimizes challenging behavior. (CBMT Scope of Practice 2010: I. Assessment and Treatment Planning, C. Treatment Planning 3, 6, 8, 9 and II. Treatment Implementation and Termination, A. Implementation 1, 2b, e, g, h, I, m, n, o, v. s. aa, bb, gg).
3. Implement specific strategies for managing behavior and responding to challenging behavior in music therapy sessions. (CBMT Scope of Practice 2010: II. Treatment Implementation and Termination, A. Implementation 3a, 4a, 5 l, m, u and B. Safety 1-3).
4. Document and evaluate circumstances surrounding incidents involving challenging behaviors. (CBMT Scope of Practice 2010: I. Assessment and Treatment Planning, C. Treatment Planning 7, 16 and III. Ongoing Documentation and Evaluation of Treatment, A. Documentation 1-2, and B. Evaluation 4).
Statement of relationship to CBMT
The Challenging Behaviors Toolbox is approved by the Certification Board of Music Therapists (CBMT) for 10 Continuing Music Therapy Education credits (CMTE). Credits awarded by CBMT are accepted by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC). Music Works Publications, S-001, maintains responsibility for program quality and adherence to CBMT policies and criteria. See the CMTE Information in chapter 7 of the Challenging Behaviors Toolbox workbook for details.
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