The Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics

A new direction for trauma informed music therapy

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Are you working with children who have experienced trauma?

Are you up to date with current research and practice in this area?

Would you like to know what interventions work well to help children regulate, relate to others, and thrive in their development?

Then you're in the right place!

This online tutorial from music therapist Sarah Dunston presents Dr Bruce Perry's groundbreaking Neurosequential model of therapeutics and shows how it can be used in music therapy.

Learn how to design a music therapy program which will calm a child's nervous system, increase their relational ability, and help them overcome the dissociative response.

Ms Dunston discusses why taking a trauma informed approach is vital when working with young children who have experienced complex trauma. She presents the 5 key elements of a trauma informed music therapy protocol which uses rhythmic play, cross-lateral movement, and proprioceptive stimulation to support each child to calm their nervous system.

The tutorial covers:

1. Current research and theory on trauma and child brain development.

2. An exploration of the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics and its application in music therapy.

3. Video examples of interventions from a trauma informed music therapy protocol.

If you're working with children who have experienced trauma then this tutorial is for you!

Your Instructor

Sarah Dunston BA, Grad Dip Ed, MMus, RMT
Sarah Dunston BA, Grad Dip Ed, MMus, RMT

Sarah Dunston is a Brisbane (Australia) based Registered Music Therapist (RMT) specialising in community work. She has worked in many different contexts across the life span including residential aged care, community mental health, adult disability, schools (Flexi, special and mainstream) and early childhood (capacity building and early intervention). She developed a special interest in trauma informed practice quite early in her career and it continues to be a driving force in all her work due to its focus on making all clients feel safe, seen and valued. Sarah began an MPhil on the topic of trauma informed early childhood music therapy in 2019 and this tutorial is a result of this study and her ongoing work in this space.

Earn up to 5+ CMTE/CPD credits quickly and easily!


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.
Will I receive a certificate for the course?
Yes you will! It will be emailed to you once you watch ALL the video's.
Is this course approved by CBMT?
Not yet! But it will be soon. MTO has recently become an approved provider with CBMT (US) and is in the process of getting each of the MTO online tutorials approved too. Stay tuned! You can still claim CMTE credits for this course - just see the Tutorial information and summary doc for instructions.

For MT-BC’s in the US and Canada you can submit your certificate in the workshops/independant learning category as an ‘other continuing education opportunity’. You can use the following CBMT Domains when you submit your CMTE certificate.

CBMT Domains
I Safety – 2. 10.
II Referral, Assessment, Interpretation of Assessment and Treatment Planning – B 4a, b. D
III Treatment Implementation and Documentation – A 1e. 2c, g, h, I, k, l, p, ff, gg, kk, zz, aaa,
ddd, ggg. 3f. 4d, i. 5c, j, s, t, y, bb, ee, gg.
IV Professional Development and Responsibilities – A 1. 2. 3.

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