"Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with deeper meaning."

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About Biodynamic Manual Voice Therapy Workshops

workshopsBiodynamic Manual Voice Therapy (BMVT) is a gentle hands-on, integrated approach used to address the structural components related to vocal function, speech and swallowing.  The word “bio” means life and “dynamic” refers to motion, change and progress.  In BMVT, the therapist works in tandem with the patient to improve mobility, symmetry, coordination and strength in the structures necessary for respiration, phonation, articulation, resonance and swallowing.  Function is restored through seamless integration of a variety of manual therapy techniques, including Myofascial Release (MFR), Strain-Counterstrain (SCS), Muscle Energy (ME), Visceral Manipulation (VM) and Craniosacral Therapy (CST).

Students will be taught palpation skills, as there is a great deal of emphasis on developing sensitivity as a means for specific evaluation and treatment.

BMVT is a holistic therapy. Students will also learn to facilitate healing and growth by supporting the mind, emotions and spiritual health of their patients.

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Bidoynamic Manual Voice Therapy Level 1 (BMVT1)

Workshop Dates: May 1-3, 2020
Regular Registration Fee: $635 (after March 1,2020)
Early-Bird Registration Fee: $550 (before March 1, 2020 )

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This three-day course is designed to introduce the speech therapist to manual therapy evaluation and treatment principles and techniques. The fascial system and myofascial release techniques are the primary emphasis, though all types of manual therapy will be discussed. The course will concentrate on general palpation skills as well as a 6-step protocol for voice and swallowing patients.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify different types and purposes of Biodynamic Manual Therapy
  • Describe the basic anatomy and physiology of the respiratory, phonatory, resonatoy/articulatory and nervous system
  • Describe the implications for Biodynamic Manual Therapy as related to specific voice and swallowing disorders
  • Apply Biodynamic Manual Therapy Evaluation and Treatment techniques for each sub-system as demonstrated
  • Complete a 6-step protocol appropriate for your voice/speech/swallow patients
  • Click here for Time-Ordered Agenda
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MEEI CEU brand block

This course is offered for up to 1.95 ASHA CEU’s; Intermediate Level; Professional Area.

Disclosure:
Michele Fava has no non-financial disclosures to make. She has the following financial disclosures to make. She takes a salary from Clear Voice Therapy, LLC and collects consulting fees in association with this. She owns intellectual property rights in association with Biodynamic Manual Voice Therapy.

Cancellation Policy:

If we need to cancel a BMVT course for any reason, a full tuition reimbursement will be issued for each participant. However please be aware that we are not liable for any costs other than for the tuition already paid including any travel expenses or lost fees.

If a registered participant wishes to cancel prior to a course, submission must be in writing. If cancellation occurs 60 days before the workshop, a full refund of the tuition less $100 administrative fee will be provided. Cancellations made 35-60 days before a workshop will be refunded 50% of tuition paid. Cancellations less than 35 days from the course start date are not eligible for any refund.

Bidoynamic Manual Voice Therapy Level 2 (BMVT2)

Workshop Dates: November 13-15, 2020
Regular Registration Fee: $635 (after August 13, 2020)
Early-Bird Registration Fee: $550 (before August 13, 2020)

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This 3 day workshop will be held at Guest House, a beautifully renovated country inn on private wooded land in Chester, CT. Attending the workshop in this retreat style environment will allow for more in depth learning and for you to gain new skills in order to help your patients. It is also an opportunity to Relax and nurture yourself. Conveniently located midway between New York City and Boston, Guest House is easily reachable via major highways or by train. Meals are healthy and delicious.

Room Rates:***All prices for this workshop include: Tuition for 3 day workshop, accommodations for 2 nights (except commuter fee), and 3 wonderfully prepared meals per day (total of 6 meals altogether).

  • Single rooms: $203 per person (per night)
  • Doubles room: $157 per person (per night)
  • Triple Rooms: $139 per person (per night) (three bedrooms with three beds, or roll-away cots may be added)
  • Commuter Rate: $71 per person (per day, 3 meals)

*Course Tuition may be paid by credit card. Payment for accommodations is by check only made out to Clear Voice Therapy, LLC and needs to be received by April 1 2019.

** Please note that there is a Friday evening program. Arrival begins 1pm on Friday and class starts promptly at 2pm.

**Optional Program Saturday Night: Sound Retreat https://www.thesoundretreat.com

Workshop Description

This three-day course focuses on learning specific techniques to influence the vocal mechanism and mechanics of swallowing. Strain-Counterstrain will be introduced alongside new Muscle Energy, Craniosacral Therapy and Myofascial Release techniques. There will be a focus on learning to integrate these various tools. The use of Manual Therapy as evaluation to determine appropriate interventions will be emphasized. The areas of respiration and laryngeal function will be addressed as well as the jaw and palate.

We will also begin to incorporate the use of dialogue for connecting mind-body-emotions to voice and structure, which can allow for deeper healing.  This system of dialogue is informed by the work of Dr. Peter Levine (Somatic Experiencing), as well as other mindfulness practices.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe at least 3 ways to influence the respiratory system with manual therapy.
  • Explain Muscle Energy Technique and Strain Counterstrain and describe when to utilize them.
  • Describe evaluation and treatment techniques using manual therapy and explain how this can help with voice and swallowing disorders.
  • Describe which manual therapy techniques can be used to target muscles of mastication.
  • Describe different ways to influence the laryngeal muscles using manual therapy.
  • Apply Manual Therapy Evaluation and Treatment techniques as demonstrated.
  • Click here for time ordered agenda.
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MEEI CEU brand block

1.7 ASHA CEU’s Intermediate Level; Professional Area (pending)

Disclosure:
Michele Fava has no non-financial disclosures to make. She has the following financial disclosures to make. She takes a salary from Clear Voice Therapy, LLC and collects consulting fees in association with this. She owns intellectual property rights in association with Biodynamic Manual Voice Therapy.

Cancellation Policy:

If we need to cancel a BMVT course for any reason, a full tuition reimbursement will be issued for each participant. However please be aware that we are not liable for any costs other than for the tuition already paid including any travel expenses or lost fees.

If a registered participant wishes to cancel prior to a course, submission must be in writing. If cancellation occurs 60 days before the workshop, a full refund of the tuition less $100 administrative fee will be provided. Cancellations made 35-60 days before a workshop will be refunded 50% of tuition paid. Cancellations less than 35 days from the course start date are not eligible for any refund.

Workshop Testimonials

“I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your workshop. I have attended several hands-on training with SLP’s and yours was the best organized and monitored … The fact that there were two of you closely monitoring the room so any uncertainty, question or level of contact was monitored was exceptional. Thank you. I hope to be able to attend round 2.”

— Marina Gilman, MM, MA, CCC-SLP —

“As a singing voice teacher, I work alongside laryngologists and voice therapists helping injured singers regain their voice, as well as work with high-level Broadway performers. The hands-on work I learned with BMVT Level I has absolutely changed my practice. The work is extraordinary for injured singers who almost always come with excessive, compensatory tension. They are shocked at how good they feel once they get off the table and start singing again. They can feel, sometimes for the first time in a long time, how it feels to sing without the excess tensions they used for so long. I’ve also been looking for ways to help my Broadway performers navigate the fatigue and residual tension that comes from performing 8 shows a week (plus press events, rehearsals, etc.) and BMVT is the solution. One of my clients called me a “witch doctor” after his first session because his big number in the show felt easier than it ever had after we did some BMVT work on my table. I also use the work with my other clients and students who have standard excess tongue, jaw, or other tensions, and the results are the same–they love it. I cannot recommend this course enough. I am a different practitioner because of my work with Michele, and I can’t wait for Level II.”

— Amanda Flynn, Voice teacher, Vocologist —

“This is a great course, I highly recommend it. The small group set up allows ample of hands on and individual attention and feedback. Michele is very knowledgeable and has developed a simple effective protocol to follow in addition to many more manual techniques.”

— Hadas Golan, MS CCC-SLP —

“I highly recommend this course! Very important tools to have!!!! After I took Michele’s course I began using these techniques on almost ALL my voice patients!!!!! And Michele is an amazing teacher!”

— Barbara F. Worth MS CCC-SLP —