Relaxation and Creative Arts Experiences


Relaxation and Creative Arts Experiences discusses the prescribed clinical use of music in order to stimulate positive changes through informational approaches of intentional listening, relaxation, creative arts and much more. These materials have been field tested in a variety of settings, including substance abuse and eating disorders. This course is all about creativity and includes lists of necessary supplies and resources in order to provide a template for therapists to adapt for use in their respective settings.

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SKU CMTE-009 Category

What’s Inside This Toolbox

  • 126 single-sided pages
  • 13 detailed relaxation session plans
  • 11 detailed creative arts session plans
  • more than 40 handout examples
  • session props suggestions
  • 2 songs and lyrics from Chelsea Davis on CD
  • lists of articles and at-home exercises
  • digital form download (included with CMTEs)

Strategies and Techniques for Relaxation

  • Session 1: The Sound of Healing
  • Session 2: Relaxation, Guided Imagery, and Conscious Listening
  • Session 3: Using Your Voice for Relaxation: Breathing, Humming, Toning
  • Session 4: Hope and Managing Anxiety
  • Session 5: Body Awareness and Imagery
  • Session 6: Music and Legends of Native American Culture
  • Session 7: Deep Breathing and Imagery
  • Session 8: Expression Through Chant and Chimes
  • Session 9: Self-Massage to Music
  • Session 10: Chanting and Positive Affirmations
  • Session 11: Music and Sand Zen Gardens
  • Session 12: Intentional Listening
  • Session 13: Progressive Muscle Relaxation and Music

Strategies and Techniques for Creative Arts Experiences

  • Session 1: Free Writing
  • Session 2: Mandala: Sacred Wheel
  • Session 3: Musical Timeline
  • Session 4: Dream Catcher
  • Session 5: Making Rain Sticks
  • Session 6: Art and Music
  • Session 7: Poetry and Music
  • Session 8: Album Cover Art
  • Session 9: A-Maze-ing Grace
  • Session 10: Origami
  • Session 11: Go Light your World

Learning Objectives

References to items on the Board Certification Domains are based on the Practice Analysis Study of 2019. Those registered for the MusicWorx Toolbox: Relaxation and Creative Arts Experiences will develop or improve their abilities to use music therapeutically in a variety of medical settings, including inpatient facilities, outpatient facilities, and at the bedside.

Relaxation and Creative Arts Experiences addresses these specific competencies in the current Board Certification Domains:

Learning Objective 1
2020 Domains:
III. A. 2. (b, p, ss, tt, vv, ggg)

Select five musical pieces appropriate for an individual's active / intentional relaxation at home.
III. Treatment Implementation and Documentation

Learning Objective 2
2020 Domains:
III. A. 2 (ggg) | III. A. 5 (s, t, gg)

Describe three benefits that creative arts and music can provide a patient with relaxation goals.
II. Referral, Assessment, Interpretation of Assessment and Treatment Planning
III. Treatment Implementation and Documentation

Learning Objective 3
2020 Domains:
III. A. 2 (ggg) | III. A. 5 (s, t, ee, gg)

Explain what a mandala is and the purpose for incorporating creative arts into music therapy.
III. Treatment Implementation and Documentation

Learning Objective 4
2020 Domains:
III. A. 2 (b, p, ss) | III. A. 5 (s, t, gg) | IV. B. 5

Describe four different methods of relaxation techniques clients can use at home individually.
III. Treatment Implementation and Documentation
IV. Evaluation and Termination of Treatment

Barbara Reuer, Phd, LPMT, MT-BC

Career Highlights
  • Music Therapist–Board Certified
  • Neurologic Music Therapist
  • Founder and CEO of MusicWorx Inc., San Diego, CA
  • Founder and CEO of Resounding Joy Inc., San Diego, CA
  • 2008 Recipient of AMTA Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Pain Management Award
  • 2008 Recipient of The Southern California Cancer Pain Initiative Pain Management Award


Music Interventions Proven by 40 Years’ Clinical Practice

Dr. Reuer is the founder and CEO of MusicWorx Inc., an international clinical training program for music therapy interns as well as provider of workshops and seminars covering wellness, community-building, and stress management, for healthcare professionals, educators, and corporate clients. Dr. Reuer’s vast experience includes more than 40 years of clinical practice in public schools, older-adult facilities, hospices, medical and psychiatric hospitals, corrections facilities, substance abuse and eating disorders programs, and health spas and course instruction at the community college and university level.

Dr. Reuer has served as President of the National Association for Music Therapy (NAMT). She was the year 2000 recipient of the Professional Practice Award from the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) for significant contribution to the practice of music therapy. And in 2008, Dr. Reuer received a Lifetime Achievement Award from AMTA.

Dr. Reuer has authored and co-authored several books and articles. Print media feature articles and numerous prestigious publications frequently quote her. She has appeared in several televised interview formats at local, national, and international levels, including the Lifetime Network television series New Attitudes.

Dr. Reuer also is the CEO of Resounding Joy, Inc., a California 501(c)(3) corporation that uses therapeutic and recreational music programs to improve the social, emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being of individuals and communities.  Resounding Joy has provided music therapy and recreational music services to more than 85,000 children and adults in the greater San Diego region since 2004. Resounding Joy board-certified staff music therapists and volunteers deliver services through four major programs that target four distinct underserved populations:


  • Thank you for an amazing and energizing course, I very much enjoyed it...having so many creative music and arts interventions so well outlined so that I can use and adapt to use with my patients -- especially the mandala, dream catcher, and album art cover exercises.

    Rebecca Dadi, MT-BC - May 2023
  • Once again, all the session plans provided are immensely useful. In this toolbox, I am most excited to share about "alignment breathing" with the people I work with. It was wonderful. So much varied information.

    Elizabeth Lenz, MT-BC - January 2022
  • "Thank you for the opportunity to use your materials to expand my knowledge and my CEU base. It was a great way to make sure I went through every page, not just the first ones that interested me. I had some technical difficulties at first but luckily one of the hospitals I work at just hired a new music therapist who is young and tech savvy and she was able to help me out. I really enjoyed the entire book and have been using ideas in my groups! "

    Deborah Ploehn, MT-BC - August 2021
  • "The volume of activities was fantastic. Lots I can use immediately. Lots to chew on."

    Elizabeth Williams, MT-BC - October 2019
  • "I enjoyed it and got lots of great ideas. Thank you."

    Alexandra Petersen - February 2019
  • The use of creative arts in the session and the integrative approach [were most useful to my practice]. There were new ideas I would like to try for my clients (and myself sometime). I thought this course was excellent.

    Allison Riley - December 2018
  • Overall, the whole thing, but in particular I did find the creative arts session ideas very helpful. I have not used some of them before, and have not heard of some of them as well so it broadened my idea bank.

    Nicole Gastelum - October 2018
  • This course was very helpful in expanding my skillset. My patients all need help with learning relaxation techniques ... Thank you!

    Heather Dean, MT-BC - December 2017
  • The packet for Group Music Therapy Interventions: Strategies and Techniques for Relaxation and Creative Arts Experiences was well put together and will be a great addition of resource material in the Music Therapy Room.

    Frank Carey, MT-BC - November 2017
  • Thank you again. I really do enjoy taking your courses. Such a great wealth of information. Very quick turn around in receiving back the certificates as well. I really appreciate it!

    Richard Cross - April 2014
  • I ordered and received MusicWorx Toolbox title Group Music Therapy Interventions Strategies and Techniques for Relaxation and Creative Arts Experiences. I am finding it to be an excellent resource. Thank you for making this available for CMTE credit!

    Peg Stirn - February 2013
  • Thanks very much for getting the certificates back to me so quickly! I appreciate it. Now I'm ready to re-certify—what a relief! I'm sure you know how expensive almost all of the other courses are out there—whether home study or not. The affordability of your courses are a huge blessing to people like me! Yours are fun to take. So hopefully you will make a few more before I begin thinking about re-certification again. Thank you so much!

    Roxanne Simmons, MT–BC - June 2011
  • It was a superb course for me . . . the training, the materials, the cost, the assignments, and being able to do it in my timing at a distance is the greatest blessing. This course has broadened and deepened my knowledge of age-appropriate musical selections. It was a pleasure to complete the assignments, and I look forward to taking another course form MusicWorx. Thank you.

    Joyce - December 2009