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Music and rhythm find their way into the secret places of the soul. 




Creative Music Methods for Therapy across the Lifespan

Course overview:

This one day workshop provides a practical introduction to the use of music and rhythm in therapy for clients across the life span. Music in therapy gives clients of all ages opportunities for non-verbal expression using sound and symbols in the form of songs, rhythm, music making and movement. These methods are especially useful when verbal expression is difficult or inaccessible due to developmental issues, physical or psychological trauma. 

Music evokes memory and emotion, brings meaning to everyday life, and motivates us to reach beyond perceived limits.  It awakens many senses at once and stimulates all brain structures. The use of  music methods in therapy can aid expression and resolution of difficult issues. This one-day workshop will outline the underlying theories and evidence supporting music methods for counselling and give you skills practice.

Through case study illustrations and practical exercises, this workshop will introduce you to a range of uses for music with children and adults in counselling and group work. You will have the chance to participate in a range of music-based activities. This workshop is aimed at enhancing your existing practices.

You will have the opportunity to:

  • See music influence emotional responses and psychological states
  • Learn how to adapt and apply music material therapeutically 
  • Consider how to use music material for self-development and care
  • Learn to integrate music material with other creative modalities
  • Practice with a range of musical methods
  • Reflect on the appropriateness of different methods with different ages

What ideas are explored:

  • What is the difference between music and music in therapy?
  • How can we use music in therapy across the life span? 
  • Is music in therapy suitable for individual and group work?
  • How do I introduce music for therapy to clients?
  • What do I do after clients have created their own song?
  • How can we utilise music for self development and self care?

Training methods will include:

  • Interactive presentations
  • Case presentations
  • Large group discussions
  • Pair and small group discussions
  • Live demonstration of methods
  • Practice with 3 types of music techniques including drumming
  • Creative artistic exercises.
  • Reflection opportunities for application of methods
  • Learn in the safety and support of a small group.

Who Should Attend?

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

Workshop Date

15 October 2020


Workshop Facilitator

Dr Kirstin Robertson-Gillam   Registered Music Therapist


Workshop Venue

Burwood RSL, 96 Shaftesbury Rd, Burwood, NSW

Free onsite parking and close to Burwood Train and Bus Station.

Workshop Details

Included in the workshop price:

  • 6 CPD hours 
  • Comprehensive Bound Seminar Workbook
  • Certificate of Attendance
  • Lunch, Morning & Afternoon Teas
  • GST
  • 9am - 4pm Training
  • Early bird savings for bookings made two months prior to training.

Workshop Cost

Regular Price        $330

Early Bird Price     $300 (Paid 2 months prior)

Student Price        $270

Student Early Bird $250 (Paid 2 months prior)


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What people are saying about this presenter's workshops..


..recharging and refreshing. I learned new skills which I could deliver in my therapy sessions with clients.


√..really enjoyable. Kirstin is very experienced, and very generous with her feedback and ideas. 


...was enlightening. The work Kirstin has done within the dementia groups in our community, is fascinating.


.... with a group of participants who were all lovely - we all got to know each other well and felt comfortable to talk and express freely. 


....provided the opportunity to learn a lot of things in terms of both skills and insights into my own practice.  I enjoyed the experiential element of the drum circles and creative mandalas and collages. The educator was engaging and insightful.


...I did have a bit of a tendency to dismiss the importance of music in general but I found this of use in understanding the therapeutic and expressive value to music in general, which will be useful in practice.