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Guest Speaker Series: The Musical Diet - Music as an Intervention

Sunday, March 29, 2020: 4:00pm-6:00pm EST

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Live Webinar

Sunday, March 29, 2020, from 4-6pm (EST)

This presentation outlines the basic premises of music therapy, its history, training requirements, techniques, therapeutic value to be used in a general way with individuals and group settings.

Join the SWEET Institute and Shoshana Averbach, LMSW, and learn about:

  1. Participants will learn the difference between music therapy/music therapist and recreational music; the inherent therapeutic value of music and training of a music therapist, assessment, goal planning
  2. Participants will learn several music-therapy techniques such as vocal and musical improvisation, lining out songs, music and movement.
  3. Participants will learn about and experience(time permitting) music therapy in the form of dance, reminiscence, speech, improvisation.
  4. Participants will learn about music-therapy applications in a general way that they can adapt with their specific clientele and in their personal lives.

Here's what our attendees are saying about SWEET Webinars:

“I liked that he presented in understandable terms and that he was extremely knowledgeable about the topic.”

Mary Grace, LCSW-R

"The interaction is always great between the participants and integrated so well into the presentation...thank you!"

Susan, LMSW


Shoshana Averbach, LMSW


Shoshana Averbach, LMSW, MA,MT-BC, LCAT, CDP, CCM, Accredited Healer earned master’s degrees in music therapy and social work from NYU and Yeshiva University, respectively, and certifications as a Certified Dementia Practitioner, Licensed Creative Arts Therapist, Board-Certified Music Therapist, Case Manager, and accreditation as a healer through the Jewish Association of Spiritual Healers. For over 35 years, she has worked with primarily geriatrics as a social worker, music therapist, and recreation leader in nursing homes, hospice, short-term rehabilitation, dementia, senior center, home care. She has performed in over 85 geriatric facilities. She has studied numerous healing modalities and offers them to her clients for self-healing when appropriate. She produced two CDs of original, healing songs and musical compositions: The Time Is Coming (2011) and I Reclaim My Heart (2015). Shoshana currently works as a social worker in home care and performs in nursing homes in the NYC area. For more information, see her website, www.healingnotes.com.



Dr. Sidor Psychiatric Services, PLLC is recognized by the New York State Education Departments State Board for Social Work and Mental Health Counseling as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers (#SW-0471) and licensed mental health counselors (#MHC-0127)


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Your Facilitator and Co-Facilitator


Mardoche Sidor, MD & Karen Dubin, PhD, LCSW
Mardoche Sidor, MD & Karen Dubin, PhD, LCSW

Mardoche Sidor, MD is a Harvard-trained quadruple board certified psychiatrist who has worked both in the public and the private sector. He has done private work for eight years in three different states, and continues to consult with private practitioners throughout the US and abroad. He also has a background in leadership, management, public speaking, and program development. He also has experience in executive coaching, teaching, and writing. His overall goal is to help individuals, throughout the United States and globally. He is the CEO and President of the SWEET Institute, an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University, and was previously Medical Director and Chief Medical Officer for three different organizations. He speaks and writes fluently in four (4) languages—French, English, Spanish, and Creole, with intermediate proficiency in Portuguese and Italian.

Karen Dubin-McKnight, PhD, LCSW, is a Columbia-trained Social Worker with wide clinical, teaching, and supervision experience. She also has a background in management, mentorship, and leadership that spans almost 20 years. She has vast experience working in multiple systems bridging the gaps among different stakeholders including in the court, and community health, systems. Her added passion is in advocacy, coaching, public relations, and mediation. Her goal is to ensure that women feel empowered and have a voice “at the table.” Dr. Dubin-McKnight is the COO and Vice President for the SWEET Institute. As Executive, she has previously held positions of Court Operations Director, and two other directorships in different organizations. She is currently Adjunct Faculty at Columbia University School of Social Work and Adelphi University School of Social Work. She also maintains a private practice, working with individuals who have experienced loss and trauma. She additionally provides clinical and management supervision.


Frequently Asked Questions


Who is this for?
This webinar series is for health professionals and it is about a variety of topics that are not generally discussed. Topics range from financing to marketing; from basic law to neuroscience, and from specialized areas of health to advocacy, and personal development.
Will I get continuing education credits for this course?
Yes. Our empowerment series now comes with 1 CEU credit! Once the webinar is over, you will be directed to a post-test and evaluation to complete. Your Certificate will then be emailed to you.
What if I miss the live webinar?
A pre-recorded version is followed immediately after the live webinar and will be made available for you to access at any time, from anywhere, at your convenience.
Are refunds available if I'm not happy with the course?
Absolutely! We focus on adding value and we, therefore, pride ourselves on our 100% money back guarantee policy. If at the end of the webinar you feel you have not gained any tools to help you grow personally or professionally, please let us know and you will be refunded.
Who are the Guest Speakers?
Our guest speakers are chosen for their level of expertise in their respective field. They generally teach, write on, or do research in, their respective area.
What is your cancelation policy for memberships?
Monthly Memberships: We trust that you will receive as much value as possible, and we are adding more value each day. You can cancel at any time and not have to pay the recurring monthly membership, should you choose to cancel. Annual Memberships: You are getting a 2-month discount because of your Annual Membership commitment. Furthermore, we trust that you will receive as much value as possible, and we are adding more value each day. You can cancel your Annual Membership within 30 days, and receive a full refund minus one-month worth of membership. After 30 days, you will have experienced SWEET enough to determine that it is indeed the right fit for you, and any cancellation after that will ensure that your Annual Membership does not renew at the expiration date. You will be able to continue to access all SWEET services during the remainder of your membership year.

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