Continuing Music Therapy Education

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Music Therapy For veterans

What: This four-day course will train participants in recognizing the symptoms and behaviors of military trauma-related PTS and TBI and in the use of music therapy and music strategies to increase the veteran’s quality of life. Utilizing neurological correlations between effects of PTS/TBI and music on the brain, techniques will be explored to help the veteran increase coping skills and reframe thoughts and behaviors through active music making and songwriting.

Where: Our program takes place in beautiful Lake George, CO., just 45 minutes from Colorado Springs. Food and lodging are included in the program cost.

When: October 3-6, 2019


Students will learn to:

  • Identify and assess symptoms of post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury

  • Tailor music therapy experiences to client needs, with a particular focus on songwriting therapy and mindfulness techniques

  • Develop and facilitate music therapy programs for veterans

  • Evaluate client responses and advance ongoing research into music therapy for veterans


  • Open to board certified music therapists

CMTE credits: 28

Music Therapy for Veterans is approved by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) for 28 credits. Challenge America maintains responsibility for program quality and adherence to CBMT policies and criteria. 


2-day Intensive: Learning to work with the veteran population

These sessions include lectures, interactive presentations, and experiential learning. Topics include: Effects of post-traumatic stress on the brain, client-based music therapy strategies, mindfulness techniques, guitar-based treatment strategies, songwriting, evaluation techniques, program management and program evaluation. 

2-day Retreat Observation

Participants will observe a live music therapy retreat for veterans with post-traumatic stress and/or traumatic brain injury, putting into practice the techniques and principles taught during the 2-day intensive, including group music making, group facilitation, 1:1 songwriting between veterans and professional songwriters, mindfulness training, and guitar instruction for use as a coping skill. 


Registration fee: $750 (includes meals and lodging) / $675 for AMTA members

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Cancellation and refund policy: Challenge America offers full refunds (less $15/day) on any reservations if cancelled at least 14 days prior to the course start date. Reservations cancelled less than 14 days prior to the course date are not eligible for a refund. All courses proceed regardless of weather. 



about the instructors

Susan Bock, MM, MT-BC, is a Board-Certified Music Therapist with 14+ years of experience. Susan has worked with children and adults through camps, hospitals, and her Music Therapy practice. Susan holds a Master of Music, Music Therapy degree from Illinois State University and was certified through Challenge America’s Music Therapy for Veterans continuing education course. 

Dallas Blaney, PhD, is Executive Director at Challenge America and will provide instruction on program management and evaluation, as well as operational support.