Embracing the Musical-Clinical Pivot

Embracing the Musical-Clinical Pivot
 (2 CMTEs/LCATs CE credits)

Thursday, November 18, 2021,  from 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. 
Online in real time using Zoom

Presenter : Dr. Suzanne Sorel, Associate Dean and Director of Graduate Music Therapy at Molloy College

Conference Description
Much of the work we do in music therapy requires flexibility and the ability to pivot to adapt to new, often unanticipated circumstances. This presentation will explore musical as well as clinical ways we can envision and enact pivoting. Musical pivoting such as harmonic, tempo shifting and smooth voice leading will be shared to help the participant realize dramatic and subtle shifts in musicing. Philosophical tenets of hope theory (Snyder, 1994) will be offered to inspire change and support clinical pivoting. 

Optional: You may want to be near a piano to try out some of the musical pivoting examples.  

Learning Objectives:
- Students will define pivoting and identify pivot moments in their clinical work.
- Students will distinguish between large and small clinical, musical, and professional pivots. 
- Students will identify two concepts regarding to hope theory.
- Students will identify three different ways they can incorporate musical pivoting in their clinical work. 

7:00-7:15--Introduction to topic with definitions
7:15-7:30--Clinical pivoting examples
7:30-7:50---Hope theory explored
8:00-8:30---Musical pivoting explored (breakout rooms)
8:30-8:50--What hinders effective pivoting? What supports it? 
8:50-9:00---Wrap up & questions

Dr. Suzanne Sorel is Associate Dean and Director of Graduate Music Therapy at Molloy College, Rockville Centre, NY, where she has been teaching since 1991. Dr. Sorel incepted the graduate program at Molloy with her colleague, the late Evelyn Selesky in 2008. She has received 10, 20, and 25 year service awards from Molloy as well as the Distinguished Service Award in 2009. Dr. Sorel held the position of Chair of the Music department from 2015-2018 and was Chair of Graduate Academic Policies and Planning Committee in 2018. She practiced clinically as a senior music therapist and supervisor for 13 years at the Nordoff-Robbins Center for Music Therapy at New York University achieving Level III Certification (trainer status) in the approach. Since 2003, she has worked as a music therapist, supervisor, and consultant at The Rebecca Center for Music Therapy, Molloy's on campus clinic. In 2010, she developed the Nordoff-Robbins training at Molloy and now oversees the training at The Rebecca Center. Dr. Sorel completed her undergraduate music therapy training at State University of New York at New Paltz in 1986 and received Master's and Doctoral degrees from New York University in 1993 and 2004. She has worked with a variety of populations including children and adults with autism, developmental disabilities, physical disabilities, speech and language delays, and psychiatric disorders. Dr. Sorel has been an invited lecturer at regional, national, and international conferences and workshops sharing her expertise regarding Nordoff-Robbins music therapy, clinical improvisation, and developing humanistic music-centered treatment plans that are evidence-based. She is the author of several chapters in music therapy texts and is the composer of several musical compositions used for music education and therapy (Greetings & Goodbyes, Themes for Therapy, More Themes for Therapy). Dr. Sorel has recently completed a book entitled, Becoming a Music-Centered Therapist (in press, Barcelona Publishers). 

Continuing Education Credit

Music Therapy: CMTE
This conference is approved by the Certification Board for Music Therapists, approval number: P-102, to award 2 Continuing Music Therapy Education Synchronous (in-person) Opportunities. 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 2 hours of CEU credit for Licensed Creative Arts Therapists.


Online registration is available by clicking here. If you have any problems please call the CE Office at 516-323-3550 or email: conted@molloy.edu.

Phone-in registration is available by calling 516.323.3550 with your MasterCard, Discover or Visa.

Tuition Rates:
Regular Registration through November 5: $25
Late Registration after November 5: $30
Molloy Full-Time Students, Faculty and Staff, (Please use your Molloy email address when registering): No Charge
Non-Molloy Students (provide your school email address when registering): $10
Molloy Alumni: $5

Registration is limited. Registration the day of the conference is on a space available basis and cannot be guaranteed (there are limits, even with an online program).

Refund Policy:  You may withdraw from the conference for a full refund up until the day of the conference.

Online Information
The conference will be conducted through a live, "real-time" online platform called Zoom. The conference will be held at the same date and times as indicated in the schedule. You will be able to take the program using any type of device that has internet access: PC, Mac, tablet, even a smartphone. You will receive further information on joining the conference online closer to the date.

Questions regarding registration?

Email: conted@molloy.edu
Phone: 516.323.3550

The following are some links about our Music Therapy program that you may find interesting:
Video on Molloy's Graduate Music Therapy Program https://vimeo.com/90795256
Twitter Account for Molloy's Graduate Music Therapy Program https://twitter.com/MusicMolloy
Facebook Page for Molloy's Graduate Music Therapy Program https://www.facebook.com/Graduate-Music-Therapy-at-Molloy-College-101924705247/