Certificate in Trauma-Informed Music Therapy (TIMT)

Expand your competence by deepening your understanding of safe and effective trauma-informed care in music therapy.

Our 50 CMTE certificate program gives you the grounding, knowledge and confidence that you need to ensure you are approaching your music therapy work in a safe, non-retraumatizing way, rooted in neurobiology, cultural humility and resilience.

Courses are offered both synchronously and asynchronously and combine zoom or video content with reflective assignments and reading.  Check our course library to see upcoming courses.


The Trauma-Informed Music Therapy Certificate requires the following CMTE courses, for a total of 50 CMTE credits:

For our students who took TIMT courses with EnlightenCE between 2020 and 2022:

Please click here to learn how our previous offerings translate to the new course sequence.


A note about the certificate and our trauma-informed music therapy offerings:

We are offering a certificate in Trauma-Informed Music Therapy because we believe that this is a necessary skill for music therapists in all clinical and educational settings.  We believe that this topic deserves some meaningful learning time which is why 50 credits are required.  We also believe that it can be really rewarding to deepen your practice by committing to something over time, and we want to honor that commitment by offering you something to show for it.

On the other hand, a certificate is simply a piece of paper (actually, it will be a PDF file).  You will not be adding additional letters behind your name (we already have enough).  You will, however, be able to show your current and future employers and clients that you are deeply committed to safety and avoiding retraumatization for your clients, so we hope that this is your biggest motivation for joining us.

We believe that learning, especially about trauma, is an ongoing journey.  Once you know about it, you can’t unknow it.  Therefore, we are also committed to offering you more continuing education opportunities beyond the certificate requirements that address trauma-informed care with specific client needs on an ongoing basis, as well as more courses which address cultural humility, systemic oppression, and clinician sustainability. Some areas we are working on include gender-affirming work, chronic illness, incarcerated people, veterans and more. We hope you will continue to learn with us!


Jen and Dena