The Center for Music Therapy began as a dream of a young girl in the 1970s. The dream became a life long focus and purpose for the founder and owner of The Center for Music Therapy, Inc., Hope Young, MT-BC. In 1990, Ms. Young's practice began in Austin, TX where she serviced St. David's Hospital programs while simultaneously servicing most of the area psychiatric hospitals such as CPC Capital Hospital and Charter Hospital. Ms. Young served her internship at Travis State School and furthered that experience to serve the developmentally disabled community throughout Austin to its expanding group homes and consumers. Ms. Young also had a private office where she held group and individual music therapy sessions in which she treated children, adolescents, adults and seniors. She also provided consultation, assessment, and trainings to public schools, treatment programs and corporations all around the state.
In 1995, Ms. Young hired her first full time employee, Karen Epps Miller, MT-BC. Ms. Miller now heads Sam Houston State University's Music Therapy Program. Between 1995 and 2000, the Center's staff grew to 21 music therapists that served hospitals, nursing homes, public schools, group homes and various outpatient and wellness programs throughout the state of Texas.
In 2001, the Center for Music Therapy, Inc. was officially renamed and incorporated. With the incorporation of her company, Ms. Young led a refocus of the company to bring it back in line with her original dream of a Center where people from all over the community could come and be empowered in their life through music. Ms. Young created a place where music therapists are challenged to continually stretch their clinical skills into what she termed a "full spectrum" approach to music therapy. The Center continues to work with infants, children, adolescents, adults and seniors continually striving to do so in a more creative, efficient and effective manner.
Since its beginnings in 1990, the Center has provided services, workshops and trainings for many corporations, systems and individuals. These organizations included but are not limited to Dell, SAS Institute, IBM Special Services for children, Motorola, Hermann Memorial, NARAS, Santa Rosa, St. David's, Warm Springs Rehabilitation, Brown Schools (now known as Texas Neuro Rehabilitation), Austin Groups for the Elderly, all the surrounding school systems, ATCMHMR, ARA, Living Center's of America and The Double Tree Foundation.
Today the Center is working to create sustainable options for professionals wanting to have long term clinical careers with The Center for Music Therapy, Inc. by continuing to lead the field into new ways to meet the demand for music therapy and its related services. In its 20 year history, we have led our field by making music therapy more accessible and empowering to all those who want and need it.
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