Songwriting in addictions treatment

The integration of CBT, Change Theory and the 12-Steps

Wondering which songwriting methods work best for clients with addictions?

If you're working with people with alcohol or substance addictions then keeping up-to-date with evidence-based methods is vital!

Songwriting is an incredibly valuable and effective method when working with young people and adults with addiction, offering opportunities to identify, explore and express thoughts and feelings and develop inner resources to support them as they work towards recovery.

In this engaging tutorial Dr Murphy takes you through a comprehensive discussion of useful songwriting approaches and the theoretical frameworks of addiction recovery. She explores outcome-oriented models of songwriting including psychoeducational, cognitive restructuring, restorative songwriting and the therapeutic process.

Looking at how best to match clients' goals as they emerge, Dr Murphy also covers experience-oriented models of songwriting and discusses how you can implement these methods, with workbook examples for you to try.

The tutorial also includes extra resources to provide you with further reading and three bonus content options to deepen your understanding of music therapy in addiction treatment and to help you earn extra CMTE/CPD credits.

With many years experience as a music therapist researching and working with clients in addiction recovery, Dr Murphy has created a fabulous resource for you to update your songwriting knowledge and apply these new methods in your clinical work.

Your Instructor

Dr Kathleen M. Murphy
Dr Kathleen M. Murphy

Dr. Kathleen M. Murphy is the Program Director of Music Therapy Graduate Studies at the State University of New York at New Paltz. She is an active clinician, supervisor, and researcher with over 35 years of clinical experience. Dr. Murphy has authored book chapters, journal articles and has presented nationally and internationally on a variety of topics related to music therapy clinical practice and issues related to education and professional well-being. Dr. Murphy’s research interests are focused on music therapy in substance dependence across the lifespan, trauma, and community music therapy. Dr. Murphy is a member of the American Music Therapy Association where she has served in leadership positions at the state, regional and national levels.

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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.
Do I receive a certificate when I complete the course?
Yes, indeed! Once you have watched all the video's a certificate of completion will be emailed to you. Please allow 24 hours to receive your certificate.

CBMT Domains

For MT-BC’s in the US and Canada you can submit your certificate in the workshops/independent learning category as an ‘other continuing education opportunity’. This tutorial covers the following CBMT Board Certified Domains:


B Assessment - 3 a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h. 4 a, b, c, g, h, j, k, l, m.

D Treatment planning - 2 a, b, c. 9. 10. 11. 12.


A Implementation - 1 b, d, e. 2 a, b, e, f, g, h, k, l, v, z, ff, kk, ll, rr, ss, uu. 5 d, i, k, l, m, r, s, t, u, v, w, y, bb.


A Professional Development - 2. 3.

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