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The Voice of Trauma: The Use of Vocal Psychotherapy in Healing Adults Traumatized as Children

This presentation focuses on adult-children working through the wounds experienced in early childhood and gradually healing and becoming more whole. Through the use of audio-visual examples and live demonstrations, methods used in Vocal Psychotherapy, including Vocal Holding Techniques and Free Associative Singing will be discussed and their value in working with trauma will be illuminated.


  • Define and describe three different kinds of trauma
  • Discuss Dissociation and the role it plays in traumatized individuals
  • Name three examples of the way singing facilitates the healing of trauma
  • Describe “Vocal Psychotherapy ”and the two primary techniques used in working with adults traumatized as children

Diane Austin, ACMT, LCAT

Diane Austin DA, LCAT is the Director of the Music Psychotherapy Center in New York City where she offers a two-year post-graduate certificate program in Vocal Psychotherapy. Dr. Austin has maintained a private practice in music, expressive psychotherapy and supervision for over 25 years, and teaches in the graduate music therapy department at New York University. She has lectured and taught Vocal Psychotherapy trainings internationally and her work has been published in numerous journals and books and translated into several languages. Diane created the first distance training program in Vocal Psychotherapy in Vancouver, B.C. and had a distance training program in Seoul, Korea for ten years. Her first international/multicultural training program in Vocal Psychotherapy began in 2018 at Mayfield Farm in England (about an hour from London). Her book, “ The Theory and Practice of Vocal Psychotherapy: Songs of the Self” was published by Jessica Kingsley in 2010 and codified the first voice-based model of music psychotherapy.

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Who this course is for

Counselors, Social Workers, Psychotherapists, Marriage & Family Therapists, Nurses, Psychologists, Addictions Counselors, Occupational Therapists, Case Managers, other Mental Health Professionals, Educators, Anyone with an interest in the subject

This course is offered at the introductory level.

The Voice of Trauma: The Use of Vocal Psychotherapy in Healing Adults Traumatized as Children

$35.00 USD

Program Only

Included features:

  • 40 Minute Lecture


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