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Certification  Program

Build Confidence and Essential Skills Needed for Working in an Addiction Setting

As a music therapist, you're passionate about using music as a healing modality for others. And the training in credentialed music therapy programs does a great job preparing you to work with clients in almost every population - except addiction.

Because most music therapists are only trained to work with lower functioning clients, working within an addiction treatment setting can be overwhelming. 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.

As a result, music therapists often struggle with presenting sessions that are not effective or are outside of their scope. They can also be confronted with discipline concerns and even safety concerns and issues of potential self harm.


In addition, those not trained as a music therapist working specifically in addiction 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.

This is why I created the Get In Tune 12-Step Specialization Certification program. As someone who has worked successfully for nearly a decade in addiction treatment facilities, I have seen first hand the challenges music therapists face in working with this population. While the work is immensely rewarding, a lack of training often leave music therapists unable to bring effective work into this setting.

I have gathered all of my knowledge in this field into a program so that you can excel in an addiction setting. In this certification program, you will:

  • Learn how to apply music properly in an addiction setting

  • Learn how the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous can be used to create effective sessions and support existing work

  • Learn exactly what your role is and isn't as a music therapist in an addition setting

  • Create sessions specifically intended for this population

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

  • Learn simple solutions for common issues that arise in addiction settings

  • Learn effective charting for addiction sites

  • Learn how to communicate with facilities and staff in a way that positions you as a valuable member of the team

  • Learn the potential personal pitfalls to be aware of when working in an addiction setting

  • Learn how to promote your certification within your own private practice

  • Participate in live mock sessions to receive feedback and gain confidence 

Certification Program Includes:

  • 6 week program with a live, interactive virtual
    session each week

  • A beautiful, in-depth 40-page e-workbook

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

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

  • 12 done-for-you music therapy sessions you
    can use in addiction settings

  • No more than 6 participants at a time to ensure a high
    level of individual attention and training

  • 16 CMTE credits available


SATURDAYS from 9 - 11am PT (PDT UTC -7 until Nov 1)

Investment: $997 (includes all materials)

Payment plan available

To join us, use the contact form below and indicate your interest in the 12 Step Specialization Certification. We will contact you will further details on how to register!


To partner with Get In Tune or to learn more about our programs and services, please contact us by phone, email or via the contact form here. We would love the opportunity to serve you and your community!

Marlys Woods, MS, AMFT, MT-BC


info (at) getintunemusictherapy.com

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