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A Clinical Approach to Music Therapy Homestudy

  • 30 Jun 2022
  • 29 Jun 2035


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A Clinical Approach to Music Therapy 

Cost: $25.00 (members) or $28.75 (non-members)

57 pages 

After reading the homestudy material, you will need to pass a brief post test. 

A Clinical Approach To Music Therapy Description:

The following is taken from the inscription, dated October 1974, by Robert K. Alsofrom, Ph.D., clinical psychologist.  This work has been updated to reflect current clinical practices in music therapy:

I consider the opportunity to inscribe this brief preface to Dr. Hoffman’s book as a distinct privilege. After observing therapeutic techniques come and go for twenty five year, I look upon works which claim to break new ground with a great deal of reservation. Most of them turn out to be rediscoveries of the wheel under a new name. In comparison, Dr. Hoffman does indeed present a new and genuinely effective therapeutic vehicle.

This work is the logical result of original investigations in the field of Music Therapy. It should be regarded as basic – the first systematic approach based on innovative but experimentally sound investigation, as well as brilliant observation.

Those of my colleagues who have struggled with varying degrees of discouragement, sometimes verging on despair, to establish some type of therapeutic communication with those who will not respond - the withdrawn, the autistic, the depressed – will share my deep appreciation for the technique delineated in this volume. I think any experienced therapist can almost literally reach back into his past and pick out a particularly recalcitrant non-responder and know that this technique would have worked with that case had it been available...

Learning Objectives:

1.     Describe the Hoffman Organicity Tests

2.    Describe the process involved in music therapy evaluation

3.    Identify knowledge domains of music therapy training

4.     Describe specific terminology associated in music therapy

5.     Identify how rhythm effects the circulatory system

6.     Describe the use of specific techniques incorporated in music therapy


Norman Hoffman, Ph.D., Ed.D., LMHC, LMFT, CFMHE, CCCE, CFBA

Dr. Norman Hoffman is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, and Founder and President of the National Board of Forensic Evaluators (NBFE). He is an experienced expert witness, forensic examiner, author, and jazz musician. Dr. Hoffman developed the Hoffman Organicity Test (HOT), which aids clinicians in differentiating between organic brain disorders, non-organic disorders, and psychotic disorders.  Dr. Hoffman began his work with the Devereux Foundation in 1963, specializing as a music therapist for children. In 1969, he then completed a one-year clinical internship at the Menninger Memorial Hospital in Kansas. That experience led to his first book, Hear the Music! A New Approach to Mental Health. His work in the field of organic brain damage led to The Hoffman Organicity Test.

Continuing Education Information 


The National Board of Forensic Evaluators (NBFE) has been approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6189.  Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.  NBFE is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. 4.5 CE hours with NBCC.

This webinar has been approved for 4.5 general CE hours with the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, & Mental Health Counselingand the Florida Board of Psychology, CE Broker Tracking #20-913034 (CE Broker Provider #50-15823

NBFE is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  NBFE maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 4.0 General CE hours with APA.

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