Certificate in Song Therapy
This is a flexible e-learning
course, delivered online over ten to twelve months but you can take up to
three years to complete the course if required. You can start the course in
January, May or September and study at your own pace to fit in with other
commitments in your life.
Our training celebrates
a truth perhaps, that the positive impact of any therapeutic intervention
is ultimately linked to the way we perceive and consider the needs of others
and indeed the needs of ourselves. It is the quality of these relationships,
with ourselves and with others, that lies at the very heart of our exploration.
singing and music groups offer very specific therapeutic benefits to their
participants by; encouraging positive mood, social inclusion, acceptance and
self worth; bringing people together in inclusive singing and music making
groups; using music as medicine to aid verbal and physical rehabilitation
(stroke and brain injury) or to relieve and delay some symptoms of life limiting
neurological challenges such as dementia, parkinsons disease or multiple
sclerosis; using music as a language, helping communication for those unable
to indicate preference and encouraging self expression through song writing
and music improvisation; promoting physical exercise through movement and
dance; coordination and motor skills; stimulating cognition; reminiscence;
concentration and learning; music as a diversion to rest the mind of dark
thoughts or physical pain; music as recreation to fill leisure time with enjoyable,
fulfilling and creative activity encouraging relaxation, social interaction
Very importantly our course looks at self awareness in depth, a subject that is at the heart of leadership training in all walks of life including the arts. How we think about ourselves and the world around us profoundly affects the quality of our relationships with others, including those with whom we share our music.
On the same theme we introduce
developmental psychology; theories of childhood development and the influence
of survival theory; shining a light upon the effect that the experience of
lifes journey has on the way we think and react to others; group dynamics
too and why we might act differently when working in groups.
We promote the importance
of self care and the responsibility we have to look after ourselves properly
if we are ever to maximize the potential impact of our music on others.
We look at the physics
of sound, harmonics and resonance and use this as a key to understanding why
certain types of music are so suited to sharing with others depending on the
health challenges they might be facing.
We drift into the world
of neuroscience and the chemistry of the brain and how some of our behaviours,
feelings, and thoughts are rooted in the mystery of our minds and the tapestry
of our lifes journey. We take a brief look at emotion theory and consider
the importance of emotions as a factor in the way we think and behave and
as a possible measure of our well being.
We enjoy regular gentle diversions into modern philosophy and suggest that there are some philosophical traditions that some of us might consider adopting as an ethical foundation to our work, providing us with principles that we can depend on when times get hard.
We explore person centred
thinking through the prism of rogerian theory and the person centred counselling
tradition and suggest that we can learn from their values of empathy, positive
regard, authenticity and honesty, rooted in the philosophical traditions of
humanism and the tao.
Finally, given that
music is such a powerful force in peoples lives we flag some of
the potential dangers too. We establish clear distinctions between song
therapy, a recreational physiological music intervention and the
established healthcare profession of music therapy a clinical psychological
music intervention. This has important implications for the therapeutic
goals that can be responsibly pursued by trained song therapists in community
and social care settings. These are important lines that we draw at the
very beginning of our study.
Indeed the whole area
of professional practice and the responsibilities we have to those with whom
we share our music is one of the corner stones of our study programme.
Please note that for those who wish to register as certified song therapists, we offer an enhanced certificate option that requires the submission of video evidence of your practical work in the community. Further information on this is provided in the introduction to the first module.
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