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Music Therapy Professor Honored with the Professional Practice Award

Dr. Mary Ellen Wylie and Prof. James Borling

Dr. Mary Ellen Wylie, President for the AMTA, presents Prof. James Borling with the Professional Practice Award at the national conference in Jacksonville, Fla.

RU Professor Jim Borling is the recent recipient of the American Music Therapy Association’s Professional Practice Award. The award recognizes members of this national organization who have made a substantial contribution to the practice of music therapy.

Nominated by the AMTA Board of Directors, Borling received this honor at its annual national conference in Jacksonville, Fla. in November.

Cited for his significant role within the field of music therapy, comments read during the award ceremony by the AMTA president Mary Ellen Wylie stated that,
“Jim is active regionally, nationally, and internationally. He regularly presents workshops on a variety of topics including drumming, music and healing, as well as work specific to the field of addictions.”

The statement also mentioned his published research concerning music therapy practice and education. These can be found in the Journal of Music Therapy, Music Therapy Perspectives, the Journal for the Association for Music and Imagery, and in several of edited texts in the field of music therapy.

The same document also reflects that Borling’s administrative leadership within the organization has supported innovation in the practice of music therapy and that he has also developed models of treatment and clinical instruction. This is found in his publication “Conscious Drumming: Drumming from the Heart” and “Music Evoked Imagery,” which is based upon the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music.

Borling describes the concept of conscious drumming, “as a healing medium for people who have experienced events like the Virginia Tech shootings, the Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami, and the Newtown CT Shootings.”

A professional member of AMTA since 1980, he has been with the association since it was known as the National Association for Music Therapy. Throughout his tenure, he has served on several of its national committees and boards. In 2008, he received the Spirit of Unification Award for serving as board chair for the Certification Board for Music Therapists during the time of professional unification talks between the National Association for Music Therapy and the American Music Therapy Association were taking place.

Despite this dedication to the association, Borling says, “It is actually rather surprising to be honored in this manner. There are so many that I look up to in my profession, so many that do so much. I am truly humbled to be acknowledged by my peers for the work that I do in a field that I love.”

Borling is the director of music therapy at RU. He is also a Board Certified Music Therapist and a Fellow of the Association for Music and Imagery.

To learn more about the AMTA, visit their website at www.musictherapy.org. For more information about RU’s music therapy program, visit http://www.radford.edu/content/cvpa/home/music/degree-programs/undergraduate-programs/bmm/music-therapy.html.



Dec 16, 2013

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