Mission: The mission of Back Mountain Music Therapy is to provide quality clinical Music Therapy services to people with divergent needs. The purpose is to gently, yet deliberately, use music as a leading-edge treatment modality. Back Mountain Music Therapy makes every effort to raise public understanding and integrity of Music Therapy as a fundamental and exceptional treatment medium.
Individual Services: Individual Music Therapy sessions are provided to both private clients and clients in schools, agencies, and treatment centers. Sessions address the greatest therapeutic needs based off of an initial Music Therapy assessment targeting an individual’s motor, sensory, communicative, cognitive, or social/emotional development. Session duration is approximately 30 minutes.
Group Services: Group Music Therapy sessions accommodate schools and agencies that provide services to multiple clients with related needs and goals.
Assessments: Assessments are essential ingredients of the therapeutic process, used to determine the strengths and needs of the individuals. Assessments are typically the initial step in the Music Therapy session, following review of client history and current functioning through client records or family/staff interviews.
Co-Treatment: Back Mountain Music Therapy appreciates the benefits of co-treating with other therapists and treatment mediums. This involves consultation, collaboration, or support of treatment sessions with related therapies (Speech, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy or behavioral support specialists). This treats the whole child and increases the quality of the therapeutic process.
In-services/Workshops: Back Mountain Music Therapy can provide informative workshops about Music Therapy and can be customized to the benefits of specific populations.
Owner: Hello, I am Antoinette Morrison, a Board Certified Music Therapist. I have been a Board Certified Music Therapist since 1990. I received my bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy from Mansfield University. From there I trained in Nordoff-Robbins improvisational methods of Creative Music Therapy at Newark Developmental Center in Newark, New York. In this method of Music Therapy, through the use of composed and improvised music with specially adapted and designed instruments, the therapist attempts to meet each client “where he or she is.” The therapist is trained to interpret the client’s behaviors and affect musically. The therapist then proceeds to return a musical portrait back to the client, meeting his or her responses and needs. This method of Music Therapy draws on the psychological theories of Abraham Maslow. The therapist therefore is trained to attempt to communicate encouragement, acceptance, and a sense of safety, cultivating a therapeutic relationship and environment that is growth-acclimated. An effective process of intercommunication results in accenting the reciprocity between client and therapist.
Shortly after my internship, my husband and I married and moved to Allentown,Pennsylvania. I began my career working under a Partial Hospitalization setting at the Vitalistic Therapeutic Center with developmentally delayed children from substance abuse environments. Shortly after being hired, the center purchased a piano which allowed me to provide Music Therapy services both at the school and privately. A few years later my husband and I moved and started a family. I was invited to teach preschool at my children’s elementary school, Gate of Heaven, in Dallas, PA. There I worked with three, four, and five year old typically developing children. As my oldest son began high school, I decided it was time to go back to my field of training and restart my career in Music Therapy. I began working for the Wyoming Valley Children’s Association, under a grant for Music Therapy that was provided by Earthly Angels. The grant funded my work with children on the autism spectrum. I also worked under a small grant provided by the Down Syndrome Association. I am currently owner of Back Mountain Music Therapy where I provide individual Music Therapy sessions for children with a variety of special needs. I also contract work and am currently working for the Luzerne Intermediate Unit (LIU 18) with socially/emotionally disturbed youth and some youth on the higher functioning end of the spectrum. My long time “on the side” job of youth choir director/church pianist/organist remains the same at Our Lady of Mount Caramel Church in Hunlock Creek, PA.
I am currently a member of AMTA (American Music Therapy Association), BMBA (Back Mountain Business Association), and S.A.F.E. (Supporting Autism & Families Everywhere) in Luzerne County. Although I stopped working as a Music Therapist for a period of time, I continued to keep up my certification status through continuing education courses. My most recent experience and focus has been on the autistic population and other developmentally delaying conditions.
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