Thursday 7 June

09:00 am - 03:00 pm
VIBRAC Satellite Symposium

Speaker: Amy Clements-Cortes, Esa Ala-Ruona, Marko Punkanen & Elsa Campbell, with Joanne Loewy

    VIBRAC Satellite Symposium to IAMM2018 Barcelona, Spain

    The VIBRAC Skille-Lehikoinen Centre for Vibroacoustic Therapy and Research serves as a focal point for researchers and practitioners of vibroacoustic therapy around the world. It provides theoretical and practical training on the use of vibroacoustic therapy (VAT) i.e. low frequency sound vibration between 20-130 Hz applied for therapeutic goals. This therapy is the tactile application of sounds and music with therapeutic interaction between client and practitioner/therapist. Participants of the training courses have had varied backgrounds including music therapy, physiotherapy, psychiatry and psychology, and medicine and (sports-) rehabilitation to name just a few. This VIBRAC satellite symposium provides a forum for current or future VAT practitioners, medical professionals, therapists, those working with children/adults with special needs and others to further understand how this versatile treatment can be used to activate or relax, for both psychological and physiological symptoms, in healthcare centers, hospitals, or private practice. This symposium follows the successful 1st International VIBRAC Conference that took place in Lahti, Finland, in 2016 and the publication of a special issue in the journal Music and Medicine entitled “Multidisciplinary Applications of Vibroacoustics: From Clinical Practice and Research to Future Directions”. Co-editor of the journal Music and Medicine Joanne Loewy, Assoc. prof., MT-BC, will open the symposium, followed by three topic areas in current vibroacoustic research – (1) the use of vibroacoustics in pain and rehabilitation settings (Elsa Campbell), (2) vibroacoustics in Alzheimer’s Disease (Amy Clements-Cortes) and (3) psychotherapeutically-oriented vibroacoustics (Esa Ala-Ruona & Marko Punkanen) – with a closing panel discussion on the future directions of research and practice of VAT in the field of music and medicine.

8:30 am
Workshop 2 - Soundpainting for Musictherapy

Speaker: Isabel Muniente & Jordi Ruiz

    Soundpainting, the art of live composition
    It is a universal sign language created by the American composer Walter Thompson for multidisciplinary live composition. Through gestures and signs the director indicates the type of improvisation (answer) want from the performers; musicians, actors, poets, dancers making expression and thus be setting up a structure or organization directly. The advantages for individual and group expression in this context are used by teachers Jordi Ruíz and Isabel Muniente to apply them in music therapy. Isabel and Jordi have working during four years this approach in groups such as former drug addictions, seniors (Parkinson, Alzheimer) and children newly arrived from conflict zones, always with very good results. This has meant an adaptation of some guidelines both in terms of gestures and the syntax of the system: adapting the Soundpainting all you can promote freedom, fluidity, considering the problems or pathologies... The interest for music therapy is fundamental both at the level of creation of space for improvisation, feeling of belonging to the group, the consequent pleasure of identity, the comfort of making music where the error is not recognized and yes the humor, the game, the dissonance, the noise, the silence. In this workshop we will experience this novel approach and, through role-playing, we will see examples of how to use soundpainting with different populations.


11:30 am
Workshop 3 - Music Technology as a Tool for Music Therapy

Speaker: Rafael Ramírez

    Music Technology as a Tool for Music Therapy
      This hands-on workshop will explore the huge potential role that technology can play in music therapy. It will explore the use of circuits and conductivity to allow you to design and invent your own interactive and collaborative music instruments. Participants in the workshop will learn how to construct music interfaces with real music therapy applications. This is a hands-on practical workshop with plenty of time for experimenting with the endless possibilities technology offers for music creation and interaction (see for a sample of these possibilities). No prior knowledge in the area is required.


1:30 pm
Workshop 4 - Music Psychotherapy Approaches in Treating Pain - Assessment and Treatment

Speakers: Andrew Rossetti & Joanne Loewy

    Music and its elements of rhythm, tonality, timbre and form have been used as a means to express, communicate, and release tension. As a gateway toward achieving altered states, numerous cultures historically have used music as ritual, in mourning, celebration, and in healing. Most often the activating, or alternately, soothing induced effects of music encapsulate specific properties that have been central to neurologic function, perception and as such, have the capacity to organize the human experience-from dis-ease to wellness. This workshop will address specific ways to tender painful states-from inward attention where music guides the mind to focus on ideas that can potentiate therapeutic change, to vibration, gong and toning where focus is drawn to meditative or altered states. Attendees will experience the music and its power to generate comfort. Music therapy interventions will be demonstrated as effective clinical tools in the practice of medical music psychotherapy to specifically address pain perception and management.


Sunday 10 June

8:30 am
Workshop 5 -  Music Therapy for Neurorehabilitation in Patients with Parkinson's Disease.

Speaker: Tereza Raquel Alcántara-Silva

    The Parkinson´s disease is neurodegenerative,progressing to disability in the course of the disease. The motor Symptoms are mainly bradykinesia (slowness or movement), tremor, rigidity, postural instability and gait change. The non-motor symptoms are mainly depression, cognitive alterations, and fatigue among others. The music therapy showed effective complementary treatment to the patients with Parkinson´s disease. This workshop is based on a strategy shared in two times: 1) Theory: introduce the PD, update review of music therapy and neurorehabilitation, directing to appropriete techniques, suport by therapeutic plain, clinical cases and videos; 2) Practice: which goal is activities music therapeutics in motor rehabilitation, language rehabilitation, with emphasis on cognitive rehabilitation, using specific music therapy techniques, assessment with scale of cognitive screening. We will also use apps to rehabilitation of the patients of Parksinon´s disease. I am shure that workshop will contribute to clinical music therapeutic practice. So, I am waiting for you on IAMM 2018!

8:30 am
Workshop 6 - Community Music Therapy

Speaker: Pau Gimeno

    This workshop explores the relation of Music with health as a communal value. Community Music Therapy is, by now a stablished concept used by musictherapists all over the world to define and describe their work and approach. Using music to build communities of practice is a contribution of musictherapy, a profession that gives an invitation to participate as social activists to work for the healing of structures that impact in wellbeing. These concepts will be defined and discussed in a practical way presenting different experiences that show how music is used to take care people in their everyday life. The need and conditions to create healing communal spaces and opportunities will be considered and the procedures of stablishing programs will be presented. Concepts and techinques will be shortly discussed and mainly practical in a proposal that will lay hands on music.

11:00 am -12:30 am
Workshop 7 - The Ronnie Gardiner Method

Speaker: Ronnie Gardiner & Oscar Estíbalez

    The Ronnie Gardiner Method (RGM) is a multisensory exercise method designed and structured to help people with diseases or injuries of the brain and the central nervous system, altough can be used in some other fields like healthy active aging, children, education,etc. Using music, rhythm and movement, the method optimises the condition of the brain in general, stimulates neuro-plasticity and promotes the harmony of the natural patterns of the human body and senses. RGM is in keeping with the scientific insights/concepts concerning neuroplasticity. By activating the visual, auditory, kinetic and tactile senses simulltaneously, many parts of the brain and body are activated. This stimulates cooperation between the two cerebral hemispheres and among many different area of the brain, creating new neural networks, thus improving the condition of the brain and both motor and cognitive skills. For more than 20 years the Ronnie Gardiner Method has been used in Swedish hospitals, rehabilitation centers and practices as part of healthcare programs for patients with brain damage and conditions of the central nervous system such as stroke, MS, dementia or Parkinson disease. The positive effects of the method have been studied in several clinical trials with stroke and PD patients in Sweden on the last years. RGM has also proven to be effective for children and adults with learning and concentration issues (dyslexia, dyscalculia and ADHD) and for burn-out and/or depression. In the workshop we will show an introduction to the fundamentals of the method and perform practical exercises in relation to motor skills, coordination, balance, concentration, speech, reading and memory. RGM is a fun complementary tool for rehabilitation processes and health care. Life is rhythm and rhythm is life !!!

11:00 am
Workshop 8 - Inner Travel Through Imagination and Musical Hearing: Experiential Workshop of the GIM MT Method

Speaker: Àlex March & Amelia Gil

    Inner travel through imagination and musical hearing: experiential workshop of the GIM musicotherapy method

    Description of the workshop:
    It is an experiential workshop on the method of Music Therapy GIM (or BMGIM). From an induced state of relaxation, followed by the selected musical hearing, it will allow participants to come into contact with images and / or sensations, thus contacting their inner emotional world, accessing revealing personal information. BMGIM is one of the five official methods in Music Therapy recognized since 1999 at the IX World Congress of Music Therapy by the WFMT, a method of Receptive Music Therapy. Is based on Humanist-Transpersonal psychology, and uses the music edited to favour entry into NOSC (Non-Ordinary States of Consciousness), allowing with these experiences the contact with creative possibilities of self-knowledge, personal growth and restoration. Participants: Mainly oriented to people who have had NO experience with the BMGIM method.

    - Presentation and brief theoretical introduction to the BMGIM method (15 min).
    - Receptive experience to become aware of the perception of music and ability to enter non-ordinary states of consciousness (ENOC) (25 min).
    - GIM experience adapted to group, with creative integration of the experience through a mandala (40 min).
    - Time to share the experience, succinctly, and farewell (10 min).
    Requirements for the workshop attendees: It is necessary that each participant comes with comfortable clothes and provided with:
    - Something to cover up oneselves, as a sheet.
    - A padded mat, as a yoga mat.
    - Pillow/s for the head and / or legs (for people with back problems),
    - Colored pencils or crayons for painting.
    - Sleep mask to avoid the light (optional, only for people who need no light to concentrate in the activity, just in case we cannot have dark in the room).

13:00 am
Workshop 9 - Music Therapy and Applied Neuroscience

Speaker: Rafael Ramírez

    Music Therapy and Applied Neuroscience

    With the advent of new sophisticated neuroimaging technology, human responses to music and music therapy are being viewed through a new lens. As a consequence of this, new knowledge is being obtained about how music therapy produces significant improvements in social, overt and agitated behaviors, as well as cognitive problems. This workshop provides an overview of this fascinating research area focusing on significant areas such as stroke, affective disorders, autism, cancer and palliative care. The workshop will provide the opportunity to experiment first-hand with low-cost neuroimaging devices and applications. No prior knowledge in the area is required.

13:00 am
Workshop 10 -MED-GIM, Adaptations of the Bonny Method and its Applications in Medical Settings

Speaker: Montserrat Gimeno

    MED-GIM, Adaptations of the Bonny Method and its Applications in Medical Settings

    This workshop will introduce the technique MIR (Music Imagery Relaxation), and MI (Music and Imagery). Both techniques are based on the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music. The technique MIR addresses the needs of bedridden patients while MI focuses more on use individually and in-group settings. Participants will learn how to create scripts for relaxation based on the patient’s self-report of wellbeing, and how to choose appropriate music. This workshop will include a didactic as well as experiential component.
    The fundaments of this workshop are based on research done in adaptations of the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music (BMGIM). The use of supportive inductions in the medical setting has been reported in a recent research study at the Health Alliance of the Hudson Valley in Kingston, NY. Gimeno (2015a) uses short inductions based on patient’s self-report to bring about relaxation and emphasizes the use of helping the patient to find an inner positive resource to cope with the stressors of the ailment. Summer (2002) refers in her study to the importance of giving supportive therapy when clients need to be held in order to reinforce any positive feeling that might emerge during the session. In the same study, she encourages the use of task-oriented inductions, as opposed to an induction that encourages exploration. Summer states that in supportive therapy, an induction should clearly present a self- affirmation rather than a conflict. Music’s effect on imagery has been a therapeutic modality where individuals become involved in imagery experiences while listening to music. Music provides structure and can become a “projective screen” that encourages involvement (Short, 1991; Goldberg, 1998). Research is needed to explore the effects of self-report relaxation experiences to induce a quiet state of mind for patients in hospital setting.

    · To learn the principles of the techniques Music and Imagery (MI) and Music Imagery Relaxation (MIR).
    · To receive information about the applications of MI and MIR with bedridden patients and in group settings.
    · To understand the type of music to use in particular situations.
    · To learn how to elaborate scripts to use for inductions.
    · To learn dynamics of group processing.

    Learning objectives:
    · To describe the basic theory of Music and Imagery (MI).
    · To describe the basic theory of Music Imagery Relaxation (MIR) technique.
    · To identify the four fundamentals stages of a session based on The Bonny Method of GIM.
    · To demonstrate the ability to develop and write Music and Imagery scripts for bedridden patients.
    · To describe the elements of music to use for the purpose of Imagery Induced Relaxation.
    · To identify specific strategies to evaluate client's responses to group or individual imagery sessions.