Reflecting on our Training: A Look Back at 2022

As the year draws to a close, it's time to reflect on and celebrate the development of Chiltern’s training service in 2022. We are proud to have offered a range of high-quality training courses this year, with over 500 attendees on our training sessions for individuals or organisations. Additionally, we have delivered a number of presentations, talks and lectures to students, community groups, neurorehab units, case managers and more! 

We successfully delivered 38 training events over the year, including 18 online trainings that individuals could book onto through Eventbrite. We delivered a variety of trainings to a number of organisations this year including music schools and trusts, care homes, international Music Therapy organisations and mental health settings. Whilst we continued to provide remote options, it was also great to be able to get back to delivering some of our trainings, talks, lectures, and workshops face-to-face again. 

We have been working hard to diversify our breadth of training this year to cover a range of sectors, including education, healthcare, care and social care, as well as the other Allied Health Professions. This allows us to reach a wider audience and give practitioners working in a variety of fields a valuable insight into the benefits of using music therapeutically. For example, Using Music to Support People with Dementia’, or ‘Using Music to Support the Mental Health and Wellbeing of Children and Young People.’ 

One of the key highlights of this year, was the launch of our new development programme for newly and recently qualified Music Therapists, NEST. This innovative programme provides essential support and professional development for less experienced practitioners and includes peer group supervisions, mentoring with our most experienced staff, CPD sessions and a community of fellow Music Therapists. At Chiltern we are passionate about nurturing and developing Music Therapists throughout their career pathway. Another example of this was our new experiential "Introduction to Music Therapy" workshop. This workshop provided participants with an insight into music therapy as a career and will definitely be repeated in 2023. 

One of our autumn highlights was the introduction of two new trainings for Music Therapists that drew on lived experience of our own staff and the latest research: "Gender Awareness in Music Therapy" and "Neurodiversity Affirming Approaches in Music Therapy." Both of these trainings were very well received and provided valuable insights for even highly experienced Music Therapists.

In terms of the quality of our training, we are pleased to report that the feedback from participants has been overwhelmingly positive. Many participants praised the delivery of the content and relevance of the information provided. We also received positive feedback about our new option to book a ticket for access to the recording and slides which has proved useful when delegates aren’t able to attend a training live due to other commitments. 

Overall, we are proud of the progress we have made in our training service this year and we are looking forward to continuing to improve and evolve our training offer to help participants improve their skills and knowledge in their respective fields.

In 2023 we will be offering more of our regular trainings and more workshops for Music Therapists to develop practical skills, including therapeutic songwriting and percussion, to help them in their work. We will also be providing more training opportunities in other sectors to support practitioners to learn about the physical and mental health benefits of music. Plus, we have a few other exciting plans up our sleeves! Keep an eye on our training page to stay up to date.

Here’s what you said:

“Thank you for a wonderfully informative and connecting evening!”

Neurodiversity Affirming Approaches in Music Therapy

November 2022

“I found this training absolutely fabulously presented and delivered. Lots of useful info and activities to use in sessions. So glad I attended.”

Music and Dementia training: How Music can Support People with Dementia

October 2022

“An amazing refresher and gave me some great ideas to use within my setting. Everything was so clearly explained and activities used within would have been great to be part of had I attended live. No negatives, time flew by.“

Neurologic Music Therapy, OT & Physio: Working Together for Better Outcomes

May 2022

“The trainer did a fantastic job. My colleague and I attended the event and can't speak highly enough of the usefulness of the training.”

Music Therapy Outcome Star Training 

June 2022

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