Beh Tlbx coverChallenging Behaviors Toolbox
© 2015
Cathy Knoll, MA, MT-BC

Self-study e-course $15.00
Optional: 10 CMTE credits $60.00

The Challenging Behaviors Toolbox gets down to the nitty-gritty with tough behavior issues. What factors can a therapist control, and which are beyond control? How do we prevent extremely disruptive or harmful behaviors? How do we reshape negative behaviors ingrained in a person’s daily life? Are we ever responsible for escalating the situation? Do we fall in the trap of “don’t-itis?” The Challenging Behaviors Toolbox not only addresses challenging behaviors, but also challenges therapists to sharpen their skills and develop effective interventions and contingency plans for dealing pro-actively with inevitable behavior issues. This popular self-study e-course provides the framework for each music therapist to develop their own approach to pro-active behavior management and to formulate strategies to implement in each unique situation they may encounter in music therapy.  The Challenging Behaviors Toolbox includes a six-part audio discussion and a workbook with these topics:

  • Chapter 1: What’s Going On? Discussion of the scope of real-life behaviors that typically arise in music therapy.
  • Chapter 2: Here’s the Deal. Discussion of factors that contribute to and cause challenging behaviors, some of which are within therapist’s control and some of which are beyond our control.
  • Chapter 3: Prevention Strategies. Discussion of therapist’s responsibility to set up the optimal situation for effective therapy and for preventing difficult behaviors when possible.
  • Chapter 4: Proactive Planning. Discussion about making proactive rather than reactive contingency plans for dealing with challenging behavior emergencies.
  • Chapter 5: When the Roof Caves In. Discussion about implementing an emergency plan if necessary and for regrouping after a major behavior incident.
  • Chapter 6: Analyzing the Situation. Discussion of a systematic method for documenting the behavior incident, analyzing the situation, revising contingency plans, and documenting progress.

This content-rich, practical self-study e-course from your professional colleagues at includes a pdf workbook and audio discussion for each chapter, allowing you to download to your own device and to study on your own schedule.

Optional CMTE credits. Music therapists  can receive ten approved CMTE credits by submitting written assignments, the CMTE Evaluation, and the CMTE fee of $60 – only $6 per CMTE credit! You can take the e-course now and apply for CMTE credit now or anytime in the future. See the CMTE Information page on this website or in your e-course workbook for complete details.

Learning Objectives  for Challenging Behaviors Toolbox:

Learning Objective 1. Learner will develop skills in assessing the underlying cause of a behavior issue and determine the catalyst for the behavior in the music therapy sessions. (2015 CBMT Board Certification Domains: I.B. Assessment 1-6.)

Learning Objective 2. Learner will enhance skills in developing a music therapy treatment plan, interventions, and session structure that optimizes effective therapy and minimizes challenging behavior. (2015 CBMT Board Certification Domains: I, D. Treatment Planning 1-17, and II. A. Implementation 2-5.)

Learning Objective 3. Learner will develop skills in implementing specific strategies for managing behavior and responding to challenging behavior in music therapy sessions.  (2015 CBMT Board Certification Domains: II. A. Implementation 3a, 4a, 5 l, m, u and B. Safety 1-3.)

Learning Objective 4. Learner will develop skills in documenting and evaluating circumstances surrounding incidents involving challenging behaviors. (2015 CBMT Board Certification Domains: I. D. Treatment Planning 7, 17, and III. A. Documentation 1-2, and B. Evaluation 4-6.)

Statement of relationship to CBMT. The Challenging Behaviors Toolbox is approved by the Certification Board of Music Therapists (CBMT) for ten Continuing Music Therapy Education credits (CMTE). – CBMT Approved Provider #S-001 – maintains responsibility for program quality and adherence to CBMT policies and criteria. See the CMTE Information page for details.

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