History and background . . .
Bulgaria is known as the land of the musical figure of Orpheus. In our country the music therapy association (Bulgarian Association for Music Therapy/BAM) was found in 1995, when Josef Moreno from the USA made a macro-seminar in Sofia and this event united people from different professions, which have already tried to do something in the same direction in connection with their individual training and personal creativity.
BAM is concerned with organizing workshops and seminars for skills in music
therapy and popularization of this approach in our country.
From 1999 till 2004 was carried out extramurally training toward
“Art Therapy Institute of San Francisco” by the following guest lecturers:
Frances Goldberg, Virginia Clarkson, Dag Korlin and Edith Maria Geiger.
Theoretical Foundations . . .
Recognition and approval . . .
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Typical for Bulgaria is the phenomenon of people from support professions and musical teachers for example, trying to use music for therapeutic purposes, without having the required qualification and ability for doing that.
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Professional associations . . .
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Three national conferences in music therapy have ben held by BAM: in 2005, 2007 and the latest one in 2012.
Bulgarian Association for Music Therapy
52 Gurko Str.
Training programs . . .
The tuition program at BAM, giving the qualification of a Music Psychotherapist started in 2009. The board of directors of the program consists of Liliya Ahtarova, a music therapist and family therapist and Nadejda Vitanova – music therapist, psychodrama therapist and Jungian psychotherapist.
Tuition is 4-years long and encompasses: personal experience in a group and individual sessions, theoretical and practical seminars and work under supervision. It sums up to a total of 1100 training hours.
In 2013 Music Therapy Institute-Sofia (MTI) has been established. It is now the instituition resposible for the tuition programs. Two new branches have been introduced: a training for psychologists, and a training for professionals already certified in one of the main psychotherapeutic paradigms.
Since tuition is built on the basis of seminars, enrolling in the program is possible anytime during the school year, after passing the introductory interview.
Other than that BAM and MTI organize workshops, led by international tutors and Bulgarian professionals, who have graduated and have their own practices in several European countries.
Attached to the association there is a Chamber Ensemble, which performs concerts with cultural and educational goals, aimed at children, deprived from parent care and people from elderly care homes.
BAM – http://www.bulgarianmusictherapy.com
Tel: +359 9801387