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Training & Certification  

Build Confidence and Essential Skills Needed for Using Music in Mental Health Settings!

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Why Is This Training So Important?

Mental health session providers, including music therapists, therapists, and treatment facility staff, are passionate about seeing their clients succeed in recovery. 

But very few are trained with the complete set of skills needed to provide music-assisted interventions to clients in addiction, eating disorder, depression, and/or anxiety. 


Music Therapists are typically not accustomed to working in a setting with clients who possess high-level emotional processing and are unaware of the vast difference between presenting music to mental health populations vs. other populations in which they have worked. They can also be confronted with discipline and safety concerns, including issues of potential self harm.

Therapists and Treatment Staff typically do not know how to manipulate the elements of music - tempo, style, rhythm - nor do they have training in music presentation and transitions, and how these can affect clients.

In short...

When not presented properly, sessions can be ineffective and have the potential to harm instead of help.

Many clients are in the midst of resisting their own recovery, and every group contains clients just coming into treatment as well as those who have been there for longer periods of time. 

Without the proper training, those using music who are working specifically in mental health can potentially trigger overwhelming emotions, desire to use, and/or flashbacks of repressed memories. While this is certainly unintentional, missing the key signs and not knowing how to adjust in the moment can lead to major setbacks for clients. 

Using Music in Mental Health Recovery

What You Will Learn:

  • Why all music applications aren't created equal - and how to choose what works

  • How to use existing concepts in mental health treatment so you can support programming - without re-inventing the wheel

  • How to stay within your scope while still being effective

  • How sessions specifically intended for this population are designed and how to make them yourself

  • Gain confidence being in the midst of scenarios commonly experienced in mental health recovery sessions

  • Logistics including charting and communication with facilities and staff in a way that positions you as a valuable member of the team

  • Potential personal pitfalls when working in mental health settings and how to avoid them

  • How to use your certification within your own private practice or at your facility

Meet Your Instructor


As someone who has worked successfully for a decade in mental health recovery facilities for both adults and adolescents, Marlys Woods has seen first-hand the challenges music therapists, therapists, and staff members face in working with this population. While the work is immensely rewarding, a lack of training on how to use music specifically with clients in mental health can yield undesirable results - for everyone.

Marlys has gathered all of her knowledge in this field into a program to help empower those who wish to provide effective, powerful, and meaningful sessions using music to help clients accelerate their healing journey.

Using Music in Mental Health Recovery

- What's Included -

  • Six live, interactive virtual sessions and integration time

  • An in-depth, 50-page 2-part digital workbook

  • Additional exercises that can be done at your convenience during the training

  • A Certificate of Completion upon successfully completing the training and displaying satisfactory competency 

  • 12 done-for-you music therapy session plans you can use in mental health settings

  • Training is limited to a very small group to ensure a high level of individual attention, interaction, and mentorship

  • 18+ CMTE credits available

  • 3 free months of membership with Get In Tune's group supervision


Register Now for Our Next Training Beginning October 1, 2023!

Training Session 1:

Sunday October 1, 2023

9:00am - 12:00pm PDT

(live attendance is mandatory)

Application to Music in Mental Health Recovery

Training Session 2:

Tuesday October 3, 2023

8:00am - 10:00am PDT

Applying 12-Step and Other Philosophies to Sessions

Your Role as a Session Provider

Training Session 3:

Thursday October 5, 2023

8:00am - 10:00am PDT

Creating Sessions for Mental Health Populations

Practical Application: Mock Sessions

- Implementation Week -

Training Session 4:

Sunday October 15, 2023

9:00am - 12:00pm PDT

Scenarios and Simple Solutions When Working in Mental Health

Training Session 5:

Tuesday October 17, 2023

8:00am - 11:00am PDT

(live attendance strongly encouraged)

Charting and Communication with Mental Health Facilities

Personal Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them

Using Your Certification

Training Session 6

Thursday October 19, 2023

8:00am - 11:00am PDT

(live attendance is mandatory)

Live Virtual Mock Sessions and Evaluation for Certification

Every Session is Interactive!

If you have to miss a session, you will be able to watch the recording.


What Our Participants Are Saying

"This course allowed me to be trained in using a format that many facilities incorporate and apply those principles to Music Therapy interventions. It also provided an opportunity for support between counselors and music therapists - we can support each others goals and incorporate what each group is doing into their various sessions. I have already been incorporating these concepts into my weekly sessions with this population.”

—  Lindy (MT-BC)

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Get In Tune's

Using Music in Mental Health Recovery

Training & Certification

Live, Virtual Training Sessions

Digital Workbooks

12 Done-for-You Session Plans

Recorded Sessions

Certificate of Completion



Payment Plan Available


Digital Workbooks

12 Done-for-You Session Plans

Recorded Sessions

Certificate of Completion

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who is this training for?


A: If you 1) work with clients recovering from addiction, eating disorder, anxiety, and/or depression; and 2) use music or would like to use music in your work with clients, this training is for YOU!


Therapists and social workers, music therapists, treatment facility staff, and musicians working in treatment facilities can all benefit from this training.


Q: I’m a “hands-on” learner - how will virtual training be effective for me?


A: Providing this training virtually allows us to cut the cost involved for everyone significantly - imagine if you had to fly to a location and stay for weeks! 


This training is anything but passive. Every session is a multi-modal experience with hands-on mock sessions or exercises. This is the best of both worlds, actually, and here’s why:


We continue to see a rise in demand for virtual sessions. Even our in-person sites ask for virtual sessions when there is a scheduling issue or an illness going around. 


Learning to listen and present this work virtually can give you better job security and make you an asset when in-person sessions are not possible. And if you can do this, you will be able to help other hands-on clients to do it as well!


Q: This training is a lot more expensive than other trainings I’ve seen. Why?


A: Most trainings are typically recorded or they are presented to large (sometimes very large) groups, so there is little or no opportunity for personal feedback, no customization, and/or no real-time implementation.


Your personality, your experiences, your tendency to react or repress, your background, and your education are all factors. When it comes to working with clients in mental health, having customized curriculum and the opportunity to experience and try things out in real time is critical to your success. 


This is one of the best ways to gain the know-how and confidence you need, and this training is unique in its ability to offer this and more. In every session you will be able to interact, ask questions, and implement what you’ve learned. You’ll have assignments to support you, including creating and presenting your own session, and you’ll get feedback in the process so you can continue to gain confidence and improve.


Not only will you get support during the training, but afterward as well. You’ll get done-for-you session plans to get you started with proven interventions right away, and I’ve even included 3 months of my group supervision to support you following the end of your training. 


More than anything, I’ve designed this training to give you something invaluable: confidence using music in mental health populations. But since there are not many people who are trained to use music effectively with this population, your certification will allow you to position yourself as a therapist or facilitator of high value. You could easily make back your investment of $997 in less than a couple of months working one session a week.


Q: I really want to take this training but I can’t afford it. Do you offer scholarships?


A: Most organizations that offer scholarships are heavily subsidized by other organizations. We are unable to offer scholarships at this time. But…


Did you know that many employers offer continuing education funding? This is an excellent way to use it! By advancing your skills and growing your confidence in mental health, your employer will be able to market your services to a wider population. If you work for a company, ask your employer if they will assist in covering the cost of this training for you.


If you self-employed, this training is an investment in your business (and may also be a write off for your taxes!) that will give you a financial return FAR past the amount of the training itself. 


We can also set you up with a payment plan if that would help make the training possible for you. Let us know if you want to learn more about this option!

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