Detailed descriptions of the workshops

MTABC offers workshops that will build your professional resources, musically and academically. Attending these workshops will enable you to refresh, expand and explore your professional skills as well as make connections with other music therapists. We are continuously looking for ideas and suggestions for future professional development workshops and potential presenters.

These workshops are a complimentary member service available to all MTABC members. Non-MTABC members are welcome to attend at a cost of $35/workshop. CE certificates will be given upon completion of the workshop. Where possible, these workshops will be recorded and uploaded to the “Recorded workshop” area within a month.

MTABC introduced several different professionals from various backgrounds who offered us invaluable resources this past year. All of our workshops were well attended by our members and often we were at full capacity.

Our CE workshops in the Lower Mainland will help develop skills to support the growth of music therapy in BC.

Please check our website for upcoming CE workshops or if you have ideas for a workshop topic or presenters, please contact the CE workshop chair, Camilla Schroeder at:

If you are looking for past CE workshops and recorded workshops, please click here (membership required).

Thanks for your continued support and we look forward to seeing you at an MTABC workshop!

Camilla Schroeder, MTA
CE Chairperson
For further details of these events, please check the Events calendar

AGM Workshop

Presenter: Alper Caglayan, M.Ed Counselling Psychology
Sunday, April 2, 2017
3:15 – 4:45 pm
Vancouver Maritime Museum, T.K. Gallery, 1905 Ogden Avenue in Vanier Park, Vancouver, BC

Workshop description:

Compassionate Communication (also known as Nonviolent Communication, NVC) is a communication skills training developed by Dr. Marshall Rosenberg. The model is taught and practiced in 65 countries around the world. This is a deeply effective and transformative model of communication that is being applied to many areas of life such as work place, conflict resolution and mediation, relationships, community building, therapy and counselling, education, social change and peace efforts in the world. NVC looks at how certain habitual forms of language we all use can lead to both hurt and violence, even when it is unintended. Rosenberg uses the term nonviolence as Ghandi used it – to refer to our natural state of compassion. The model provides practical tools and skills to enhance both compassion and a quality of connection in our relationships. It both focuses on a way of expressing oneself honestly and fully without any blame and criticism, and also how to hear the other person with empathy and compassion even under extremely difficult situations. Rosenberg has successfully applied this model in some of the most conflict and war ridden parts around the globe.

This workshop will be a hands on introduction to the model and it will cover all the basics of these communication skills.

For more information on the model:

Presenter’s Bio

Alper Caglayan M.Ed Counselling Psychology, has been studying and teaching Nonviolent Communication for the last 12 years. He has received over 110 hours of official training, and as well attended a 9-day International Intensive training in Switzerland on scholarship from the Centre for Nonviolent Communication in 2006. He has given a number of workshops on the model and has facilitated a weekly practice group in Vancouver. Alper is currently working as a counsellor at Vancouver Community College and gives on-going trainings here based on the Nonviolent Communication model. He was a member of the Board of Directors for the BC Network of Compassionate Communication.