Analytical Music Therapy Conference

Analytical Music Therapy - Past, Present, and Future -  
Understanding the Model as Music-Centered
(8 CMTEs/LCATs/LMHCs/Nursing CE credits)

Friday, June 16, 8:00 AM-4:30 PM
Larini Room, Public Square Molloy College, NY 

Conference Description
This conference will provide an overview of Analytical Music Therapy (AMT), a music psychotherapy model. Mary Priestley developed a complete model of music therapy--involving treatment, training, and theory--that was a balanced integration of psychoanalysis and music. Her methods and interventions were developed pragmatically in practice, making it a truly indigenous model of music therapy. This talk will cover the historic development of AMT and include audio and video examples of Priestley's clinical work. Priestley's framework was sufficiently broad and open enough to accommodate the different ways of balancing its two sources. Consequently, this talk will also highlight the work of contemporary AMT practitioners who have fostered the development and differentiation of the model into different treatment contexts, including a diverse emphasis on its musical and psychoanalytic origins. This talk will conclude with an examination into the research of the neurological correlates of AMT phenomena. The presentation format will combine lectures, musicing, and an experiential AMT group.

A One-Day Conference for Music Therapists. LCATS,  Teachers, and Health Care Professionals, including Psychologists, Psychotherapists,  Mental Health Counselors, and Nurses.

Conference Organizer: Dr. Seung-A Kim (

**8 CMTEs/LCATs/LMHCs/Nursing CE credits**

Keynote Address 
"Mary Priestley: A Visionary Analytical Music Therapist"
Keynote Speaker:
Benedikte B. Scheiby, MA, MMEd, DPMT, CMT, LCAT, AMT, MBSR, is a Licensed Creative Arts Music Psychotherapist, Bio-Energetic Body Psychotherapist, and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Trainer in New York City. She is also an Adjunct Professor in the New York University Music Therapy Graduate Program and a Director of the Postgraduate Training Institute in Analytical Music Therapy. She is trained by the music therapist pioneer, Mary Priestley (London) in Analytical Music Therapy (AMT), and has been practicing AMT for 36 years with a broad range of populations in a psychiatric and medical context. She holds a Master of Arts degree in music therapy from Herdecke University, Germany, and received her music education from Copenhagen University. She has taught several colleges, including Aalborg University, Molloy College, and State University of New York at New Paltz, has received research grants, and has published several peer reviewed articles, book chapters, and research studies. Additionally, she has given workshops, lectures, and trainings nationally and internationally in USA, Hong Kong, Korea, Japan, Brazil, Argentina, Estonia, Israel, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Great Britain, Canada, and France.

Speakers and Topics:

A Humanistic Perspective on Analytical Music Therapy
Presenter: Brian Abrams, PhD, MT-BC, LPC, LCAT, Associate Professor, Coordinator of Music Therapy at Montclair State University, NJ
Analytical Music Therapy is typically considered a psychodynamic approach. Yet, both its origins and core principles are, in many ways, compatible with those of humanistic psychology. This session will explore the theoretical and applied dimensions of a humanistic perspective on Analytical Music Therapy.

Listening to the Unconscious: Rhythm, Trauma, and the Interpersonal Field
Presenter: Tanja Auf der Heyde, PhD, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Clinical Psychologist at the World Trade Center (WTC) Mental Health Program
This presentation will explore how attention to rhythmic shifts and ruptures can potentially provide information about the unconscious realm of experience, and how we might begin to use this information in furthering our understanding of trauma.

Trauma-Informed Care:  How an Analytical Music Therapy Approach Supports the Psychiatric Milieu
Presenter: Maria Gonsalves Schimpf, MA, LCAT, MT-BC, Music Psychotherapist at Denver Health hospital in Denver, Colorado, Birth Doula
Denver Health, a county hospital for the uninsured and underinsured, is designated as a trauma-informed care facility.  This session presents the use of Analytical Music Therapy within adult and adolescent psychiatry and explores the ways in which AMT can inform the implementation of the model within this milieu, enhancing acute inpatient care and benefitting patients and staff.

Essence to Well-Being: Revisiting Unpleasant Emotions through Improvisation in Analytical Music Therapy
Presenter: Seung-A Kim, PhD, LCAT, MT-BC, LCAT, Associate Professor, Director, Undergraduate Music Therapy Program, Molloy College, NY
This presentation emphasizes the role of improvisation in Analytical Music Therapy (AMT). The presenter will discuss and demonstrate how the use of improvisation in AMT offers unique opportunities for music therapists/students to explore their unpleasant thoughts and feelings in AMT and supervision.

Use of Analytical Music Therapy with Children with Anxiety and Depression
Presenter: Juliane Kowski, MA, LCAT, MT-BC, Analytical Music Therapist & Owner of Music Connects in Berkeley, CA, Clinical Supervisor for the Albany School District, Director of Child Care Solutions (ECMHP in Richmond) a mental health consulting program, Jazz singer
The presentation will discuss the use and adaptation of analytical music therapy techniques in the work with children suffering from anxiety and depression. Four case examples of children with an age range of 5 to 10 and audio examples from the session work will be shared to show in detail how AMT techniques are used to address symptoms of anxiety and depression. The children showed different forms of anxiety but all benefitted from AMT in a variety of ways:

a). 6- year- old girl with social anxiety - selective mutism, b). 13- year- old boy with anxiety based in high functioning autism also suffering from an epilepsy disorder, c). 5- year- old girl with anxiety resulting from traumatic family circumstances, d). 10- year- old girl with anxiety resulting from academic stress and family pressure

Symbolic Music in Action: How AMT Supervision Informed Treatment of a Psychiatric Patient
Presenter: Audrey Morse, MA, MT-BC, LCAT, Creative Arts Therapist at Mount Sinai West Hospital's inpatient psychiatric unit, Academic Supervisor at NYU, Classical Violinist, Co-Concertmaster of the Greenwich Village Orchestra
The presenter will discuss a case she has had from the inpatient psychiatry unit at a Hospital and in particular, how the Analytical Music Therapy supervision has helped inform her in the course of treatment.


8:00am-8:30am         Registration & Complimentary Breakfast
8:30am-8:45am         Welcoming Remarks
8:45am-9:00am         Waking up to AMT!: Connecting to Yourself in Music: Seung-A Kim
9:00am-10:30am       Keynote Address: Benedikte Scheiby   
10:30am-11:15am     Presentation I:  Brian Abrams
11:15am-11:30am     Break
11:30am-12:15pm     Presentation II: Tanja Auf der Heyde
12:15pm-1:00pm       Presentation III: Juliane Kowski
1:00pm-1:40pm         Lunch
1:40pm-2:40pm         Experiential AMT Group    
2:40pm-2:50pm         Break
2:50pm-3:35pm         Presentation IV: Maria Gonsalves Schimpf  
3:35pm-4:20pm         Presentation V: Audrey Morse 
4:20pm-4:30pm         Course Evaluation

Continuing Education Credit
Music Therapy: CMTE
This conference is approved by the Certification Board for Music Therapists to award 8 Continuing Music Therapy Education Credits. The Provider maintains responsibility for program quality and adherence to CBMT Policies and Criteria for Continuing Music Therapy Education.

NYS Licensed Creative Arts Therapists: LCAT
Molloy College is an approved provider for CE credit from NY State for Licensed Creative Arts Therapists: approval number CAT-0015. This program is offered for 8 hours of CEU credit for Licensed Creative Arts Therapists.

Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHCs)
As of January 1, 2017 a new law will take effect in NY State that will require that each mental health counselor licensed under the Education Law, must complete 36 hours of continuing education (CE) from a Department approved provider during each three-year registration period. Molloy College, Division of Continuing Education & Professional Development is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0052. This conference is offered for eight (8) CE contact hours for Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHCs). Further information on the new requirements can be found on the following NY State webpage:

Nursing Continuing Education Credit
Molloy College, Continuing Education Department, is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the New Jersey State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses' Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. 8 contact hours for the conference will be applied for.


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Tuition Rates:
Late Registration, through June 15: $80
At the Door: $90
Molloy Full-Time Students, (Please use your Molloy email address when registering): $15
Non-Molloy Students (provide copy of student ID): $25
Molloy Faculty and Staff (Please use your Molloy email address when registering): No Charge
Molloy Alumni: 25% discount

Registration is limited. In-person registration the day of the conference is on a space available basis and cannot be guaranteed.

Online registration is available by clicking here. Phone-in registration is available by calling 516.323.3550 with your MasterCard, Discover or Visa. To register in person, by fax or mail, please click here.

Refund Policy:
A full refund will be granted as long as you contact us by May 19. Refunds will not be granted after February 24: however, substitutions can be made up until the day of the conference at no charge.

The conference will be given in the Larini Room (Room 290A) on the second floor of the Public Square Building on Molloy's Rockville Centre campus located at 1000 Hempstead Ave, Rockville Centre, NY, 11571. Travel directions will be sent with your confirmation, but can also be downloaded by clicking here.

If you should need hotel arrangements, please click here for a list of area hotels or call 516.323.3554.

Questions regarding registration?
Contact Cindy Thomas, Assistant to the Director, Summer Sessions and Conference Services
Phone: 516.323.3554

The following are some links about our Music Therapy program that you may find interesting:
Video on Molloy's Graduate Music Therapy Program
Twitter Account for Molloy's Graduate Music Therapy Program
Facebook Page for Molloy's Graduate Music Therapy Program