Let There Be Music:  Music Therapy Tools to Alleviate Anxiety

Facilitated by:

Barbara Dunn, PhD, LICSW, MT-BC

Dates: Saturday, March 27, 2021Barbara Dunn headshot
Hours: 9:00 am- 12:00 pm Pacific Time
CEs: 3 CEs available
Location: Online via Zoom


Anxiety can be considered a natural response to some of the current events in the U.S. and world. For many, anxiety already had an overriding presence in their lives. When we do not address our anxiety, it has the potential to create problems for our mental and physical well-being. Music is an accessible and adaptive tool that can be effectively used to address anxiety, it can be expressive, soothing, energizing – depending on what is needed.

This workshop will begin with a basic overview and understanding of anxiety. It will meld cognitive and mindfulness-based practices with music therapy in a comprehensive approach to addressing anxiety. We will look at how anxiety can impact our lives, from challenges, such as panic disorder or generalized anxiety disorder, to stress and anxiety in our daily lives. We will also explore the effects of a living in a toxic political climate and a global pandemic.

The workshop will draw on the presenter’s more than 30 years of experience working as a music therapist and social worker, from private practice to various medical settings to community-based settings. Some of the music therapy techniques will include listening to music, improvisation, singing, and instrument playing.

The format for the workshop will include didactic and experiential learning.

Learning Objectives

    • Gain greater understanding of anxiety and the various ways it permeates our lives.
    • Learn about music therapy and the various ways music can address anxiety.
    • Develop a greater understanding for the use of music in our own lives to address stress and anxiety.

About Barbara Dunn:

I am a passionate believer in the power that music has to move people and to create positive change. I am inspired by Buddhist Psychology practices that offer practical tools for dealing with life’s challenges and complexities, including mindfulness-based practices and empowering approaches to fear.

My clinical experiences encompass more than 25 years as a therapist in a wide range of settings, including private practice, hospitals, outpatient oncology, rehabilitation, home health, hospice, mental health centers, nursing homes, and group homes.

My educational path began with vocal studies and music therapy, which grounded me in music then led me to social work. It is there I learned more about therapy, social change, and advocacy. I traveled to the South Pacific to study ethnomusicology and learned about indigenous peoples and how other cultures use the arts to address societal and personal problems. With major conflicts exploding around our world, I wanted to use my knowledge of the power of music to heal and create change. This motivated me to engage in doctoral studies that explored the use of music as a tool for mediation. All along the way, I sang!  https://www.barbaradunn.com/

If you are outside of Washington State, we advise that you check with your state licensing board to confirm that they accept NBCC approved CEs.  This workshop offers 3 CEs for Mental Health Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists and Licensed Social Workers.


Northwest Creative & Expressive Arts Institute is a NBCC Approved Continuing Education Provider ™,
ACEP No. 7014.

  • Let There Be Music: Music Therapy Tools to Alleviate Anxiety
    March 27, 2021
    9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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