Pat Moffitt Cook Pat Moffitt Cook

PhD; Founder, Open Ear Institute

Pat Moffitt Cook, PhD, FAMI, CCMHP, is the founder and director of the Open Ear Center in Santa Fe. She is a pioneer in the use of cross-cultural sound and music in health care. Her doctoral work in music paralleled extensive practical training and certification in methods of Auditory Stimulation and Sensory Integration (TomatisMethod) and in Guided Imagery and Music (GIM). Pat is the author and producer of the book and CDMusic Healers of Indigenous Cultures: Shaman, Jhankri and Nele and the CD Brainwave Symphony.


This workshop offers an immersion into the use of sound and music as diagnostic tools, healing agents and connectors to spiritual domains in indigenous and cross-cultural traditions. Since the 1940s, auditory stimulation has been used for the reeducation of the ear. This field has grown to include a number of methods that address children and adults with specific listening and learning disabilities, including dyslexia, attention deficit disorders, speech problems, and poor reading comprehension, and communication skills. This workshop explores the comparative research on and clinical applications of the Tomatis Method and a number of Tomatis-based related auditory stimulation technologies used nationwide in learning centers, schools, clinics, and homes. 

The workshop encompasses includes lecture, audiovisual presentations, and demonstrations; individual, dyad, and group exercises; and discussions. Participants will learn about both indigenous and traditional cross-cultural therapeutic techniques and sound/music repertoires used in Western health care settings today. Emphasis will be placed on transcultural themes and the needs of a multiethnic client/patient population. Students will investigate how sound and music are used as diagnostic tools, healing agents, and connectors to spiritual domains, and how each of these elements creates and constructs a dynamic healing session.

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