The HealthRHYTHMS Adolescent Protocol is the foundation of our HealthRHYTHMS Adolescent Drumming Program for at-risk youth, and consists of a progression of 6 or 12 weekly sessions participants are guided through to facilitate communication and personal expression. Research has shown the program can result in numerous improvements including:
Improved school/work role performance
Improved behavior toward others
Reduced total anger
Reduced instrumental anger (aka "The Columbine Effect")
Reduced interpersonal problems
(See Research for Details) We currently offer 4 training opportunities each year.
HealthRHYTHMS Adolescent Protocol Facilitation Training
This innovative approach builds on the HealthRHYTHMS Group Empowerment Drumming protocol and integrates counseling techniques for use with at-risk adolescents. Whereas the HealthRHYTHMS protocol can be used as a single session, the HealthRHYTHMS Adolescent Protocol is a 6 or 12 week series of steps.
Imagine if every support group session began with this type of joyful cooperation...Now add evidence-based counseling, music and wellness strategies that are designed to; respect the dignity of each person, reduce anger, facilitate communication and improve behavior. Welcome to the HealthRHYTHMS Adolescent Protocol.
Professional counselors, social workers, therapists, educators, and other concerned individuals who are collaborating with a licensed professional in work with at-risk adolescents. Especially helpful for professionals working with adolescents in residential treatment programs and in community centers.
HealthRHYTHMS Basic Facilitation Training is Required prior to taking the HealthRHYTHMS Adolescent Protocol Facilitation training. The Adolescent Protocol is designed for use by licensed counselors, social workers, therapists, juvenile justice professionals, or HealthRHYTHMS trained facilitators who are co-facilitating with a licensed professional to work with this population.
Who is Teaching the HealthRHYTHMS Adolescent Protocol Facilitation Training?
This innovative new training is being taught by two HealthRHYTHMS Endorsed Facilitators who were invovled in the research and development of the HealthRHYTHMS Adolescent Protocol. This protocol has the HealthRHYTHMS Group Empowerment Drumming protocol as its foundation. A review of the foundational elements of the training will be taught by Barry Bittman, MD & Christine Stevens, MSW, MA, MT-BC
Margaret Sowry is an assistant to Dr. Bittman as well as the Manager of the Community Care Network and Recreational Music-making Research Coordinator for the Mind-Body Wellness Center. Margaret is a HealthRHYTHMS Endorsed Facilitator. She has been an integral member of Dr.Bittman's research team since 2000 and was a co-developer of the Adolescent Protocol.
Margaret believes that the fundamental essence of Health Rhythms is to honor every individual, recognizing their value, their beauty and their uniqueness. Everyone has a story and all the stories are invaluable lessons; while the act of sharing them is the foundational step of healing.
Larry Dickson, MA, LPC
is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) and Director of Counseling at the Mind Body Wellness Center. He has received national certification as a counselor (NCC) and international certifications as a Co-Occurring Disorders Professional Diplomate (CCDP) and a Certified Criminal Justice Professional (CCJP). Additionally he holds certification from the American Psychotherapy Association as a Certified Relationship Specialist (CRS), Board Certified in Professional Counseling (B.C.P.C.), Diplomate American Psychotherapy Association (D.A.P.A.), and holds an elementary education teaching certificate in Pennsylvania. Larry earned a Master of Arts Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 2003 and a B.A. in elementary education, early childhood and child development from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 1980. He has been employed for the past 30 years in administrative and clinical positions in the mental health, mental retardation and education fields. Larry is a HealthRHYTHMS Endorsed Facilitator and was a member of the research team that developed the HealthRHYTHMS Adolescent Protocol.
What is included with this training:
Adolescent Protocol Training Manual (Electronic Copy Included)