Dr. John M. Ortiz has been conducting professional keynotes, workshops, lectures and seminars for over 15 years in the areas of Sound Psychologyâ„¢, cross-cultural issues, hypnosis, stress management and other clinical concerns through The Institute of Applied Psychomusicology (SM). Anyone interested in learning practical, creative techniques to improve his or her life, or in using these tools to assist others in their professional practice or business, will benefit from his keynotes, graduate courses, workshops and seminars.
Instructional programs and consultation services are personally and individually designed and presented through instructional, experiential or informal formats. I.A.P. services range from hourly personal consultations, to weeklong seminars at academic, business, clinical, medical and other professional settings. We offer a range of three-hour introductory workshops to weeklong courses for company retreats, businesses, mental health settings, schools, and continuing education or graduate / undergraduate credits at college and university settings. In addition, Dr. Ortiz is available for book signings as well as radio, television and internet interviews. Services are available in both English and Spanish. Please contact us for outlines or full program descriptions on any desired programs.
Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Related Conditions
Assessment and Intervention Strategies for Older Adults
Tao of Leadership: A Sound Approach to Being the Leader You're Trying
A Day of Mind, Body, and Spirit Healing and Restoration
Feng-Shui: Integral Sound Ecology
MTV and MP3: Understanding and Reaching Pre-teens and Adolescents through
their Musical Preferences
Management: An Integral Approach
and Trance States
and Teaching Adolescents
MENTAL HEALTH CENTERS
The enhancement of therapist-client relations. Integrating music and sound as an adjunct to traditional psychotherapy techniques to address a number of clinical areas. These include reducing stress and anxiety, enhancing self-esteem, managing procrastination, time appropriation, lifting depression, anger management, dealing with chronic pain and insomnia, improving communication among couples, designing family activities, addressing control issues and road rage, and developing motivation and creativity.
COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES
The courses; Sound Psychology,â„¢ Cross-Cultural Rhythms, and Reaching and Teaching Adolescents are offered for both undergraduate and graduate level for students of psychology, counseling and education. Graduate level, three-credit courses are offered during week long Summer and Spring/Fall weekend formats through the National Institute of Teaching Excellence (please contact us for information). Workshops on selecting and using music to enhance dorm rooms and exercise facilities, increasing reading and learning skills, promoting relaxation and stimulation, stress reduction, time management, improving communication, memorization and listening skills, anger management, and other areas are offered by individual arrangement with the I.A.P.
Designing positive, comforting, lively sound environments for restaurants, malls, department stores, office buildings, banks, hotels and company gyms. Using music and sound to maximize time management, reduce stress and anxiety, increase worker self-esteem, provide sound isolation and screen out unwanted noises.
Sound Psychologyâ„¢ programs designed for enlivening playrooms, creating comfortable ambiences for â€œnap time," animating playground activities, enhancing learning and reading areas, and encouraging â€œquiet time" and relaxation.
PROFESSIONAL WORKSHOP ENDORSEMENTS
"A sweet, thoughtful, engaging man whose personality alone is therapeutic! Coupled with his expertise, knowledge, and sense of humor it all adds up to an informational, splendid time that's guaranteed for all!" Sound Psychology: An Introduction to Psychomusicology Concepts and Techniques for the Classroom International.
- Alliance for Learning, Orlando, Florida
"Dr. Ortiz is a skillful, entertaining, nonjudgmental presenter. He encourages his audience to think and feel individually. A wonderful way to spend an afternoon!" Nurturing Your Child with Music: An Introduction to Sound Psychology for Health Professionals.
- KidsPeace Hospital, Orefield, PA.
"Dr. Ortiz is a true pioneer. Finally, a formally trained, Ph.D. level, licensed psychologist who shows an awareness of, and respect for, the professional field of music therapy! After years as a music therapist attending both psychology and music therapy conferences it is a pleasure and delight to hear someone who has so successfully and skillfully combined the richness of these two disciplines." Nurturing Your Child with Music: An Overview for Professional Therapists.
- American Music Therapy Association, 3rd Annual Conference, Rochester, N.Y.
"A stimulating and unique program presented by a charming, animated and learned professional with a personal manner of interacting." Sound Psychology: Using Music and Sound for Wellness and Prevention.
- York Health Center for Mind/Body Health, York, PA.
"A brand new way of looking at music and listening to myself (and others!). Thank you for a great program, your humor, and sincere, warm approach. Enjoyable? You bet!!" Nurturing Your Child with Music: An Overview for Caregivers.
- York Health Center for Mind/Body Center, York, PA.
"Thirty years in the mental health and social work fields and I thought I had nothing new to learn. Today, I was â€” happily â€” proven wrong! A wealth of fresh, innovative, 'cutting edge' material presented in a relaxed way by someone who genuinely loves his field." Nurturing Your Child with Music: How Sound Awareness Creates Happy, Smart and Confident Children.
- Thirteenth Annual Keystone Health Promotion Conference. Messiah College, Grantham, PA.
"Dr. Ortiz, your course, Sound Psychology, was the final one I needed to earn my Masters degree. I cannot think of a better way to end my graduate career. You have a gift, no, make that many gifts! Thank you for sharing them with us." Sound Psychology: Musical Alternatives for Learning, Teaching and Counseling.
- National Institute for Teaching Excellence, Cambridge College, MA.
"A perfect integration of Eastern and Western musical styles incorporated into techniques that encourage self-motivation, making choices, and taking responsibility for one's own progress and wellbeing" Educational and Training techniques on Sound Psychology for Health Care Professionals.
- Private lecture, Dublin, Ireland.
"Dr. Ortiz's knowledge, awareness of, and love for world music is remarkable. His knowledge of popular music is fascinating. A breath of fresh air as a presenter. During the lecture one is entertained, it's only afterward that you realize how much you've learned." Educational and Training techniques on Sound Psychology for Health Care Professionals.
- Private lecture, London, England.
â€œIn this world of endless choices I'm glad I chose to attend this wonderfully entertaining, scholarly and uplifting lecture. I certainly consider myself more personally and professionally â€˜sound!â€™ " An Introduction to Sound Psychology for Mental Health Professionals.
- Institute for Psychotherapy at Kreiderheim, Lebanon Valley College, Lebanon, PA.
â€œSixteen years of school and I finally learn something new and tangible that may actually work with adolescents!" Nurturing Your Child With Music: How Sound Awareness Creates Happy, Smart and Confident Children.
- Whole Health Expo, â€œHolistic Health & Living." Royal Plaza Trade Center, Marlborough, MA.
â€œDr. Ortiz, thank you for reminding us to listen to ourselves, and for making it so much easier to understand, respect and appreciate others." Sound Psychology: Musical Alternatives for Learning, Teaching and Counseling.
- Cambridge College's National Institute for Teaching Excellence, Mt. Ida College, Newton, Mass.
â€œYou have inspired me to switch my major to psychology and resume my music lessons." Sound Psychology: Enhancing Health and Wellbeing Through Music.
- Keystone Health Promotion Conference, Messiah College, PA.
â€œAs a mother, wife and educator with limited time for personal or professional growth opportunities this workshop was just what the doctor ordered!" Sound Psychology: Using Music for Healing and Transformation.
- WomanCare, Harrisburg, PA.
â€œNo â€˜New-Agey,â€™ miracle-type shortcuts, no pseudo-spiritual mumbo-jumbo, just old fashioned common sense, backed with hard science and polished to a 21st century gloss. I could sit through this workshop 10 times and still want more!" Sound Psychology: Using Music for Healing and Transformation. Kindred Spirits on the Edge.
- 29th Midwest Association for Humanistic Psychology Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana.
â€œDr. Ortiz, the breadth of your understanding of musical styles and genres is remarkable. Your ideas for applying the music of our choice to help us deal with everyday situations are both sensible and pragmatic. P.S. You're a great drummer!" Sound Psychology: The Preventive, Healing and Transformative Power of Music and Sound.
- Hospice, Honolulu, Hawaii.
â€œI always knew that music was important but now I know why!" Sound Psychology: Using Music for Healing & Transformation. Body Wisdom
- International Somatics Congress, San Bernardino, California.
â€˜Pulse Entrainmentâ€™ relaxation technique is one of the most effective
I have come across in over 20 years of working with chronic pain and chronically
- Divine Providence Hospital, Williamsport, PA.
all classes were like this I would stay in school forever. Dr. Ortiz you
are a true inspiration. Your work and your person are a testament to what
people can achieve in spite of lifeâ€™s hardships. May God bless you sir.
Thank you for one of the most productive and entertaining weeks of my
- National Institute for Teaching Excellence, Mt. Ida College, Newton, Mass.
â€œYou addressed universal issues with personal metaphors and personal issues with universal implications. â€˜Music is magic but we must never forget that we are the magicians.â€˜ Thank you for the impact you've just made in my life!" Sound Psychology: Using Music for Learning and Wellness.
- Keystone Health Promotion Conference. Messiah College, Grantham, PA.
â€œMusic, sound, humor, magicâ€¦ so simple, so practical, it all just makes so much sense!" Sound Psychology for Counselors and Educators.
- Children's Mental Health Center. Sunbury, PA.
â€œThis manâ€™s voice and his presence are both energizing and relaxing. If thereâ€™s such a thing as a â€˜natural born counselorâ€™ he's it." Sound Psychology: Music for the Workplace.
- PA. Blue Shield, Camp Hill, PA.
â€œIn about 90 minutes I just learned about 100 new ways in which I can use music and sound to complement my old counseling techniques!" Music as a Complimentary tool for Counseling and Psychotherapy.
- Keystone Residence. Sunbury, PA.
â€œFor a psychologist in particular, Dr. Ortizâ€™s understanding of medical issues, and his application of music and sound to alleviate pain and suffering, are remarkable." Oncology & Leukemia Society,
- Wildwood Center, PA.
â€œIn years as a professional counselor, educator and consultant I had never realized how an broader understanding of cultural rhythms can contribute to our awareness of acculturation issues. Dr. Ortiz, I sincerely applaud your impressionable contribution for broadening our awareness of the simple complexities that underlie ethnic diversity" Using Music to Bridge Social, Cultural and Economic Diversity.
- ACA World Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana.
â€œAll along I'm thinking, â€˜I'm really having a great time!â€™ then suddenly I realize that I just learned more about music and sound in the past two hours than I had in my entire life! Iâ€™d love to have this man as my therapist!" Psychomusicology: Using Music, Sound and Psychology to Improve your Life.
- AHP Midwest Conference, Kindred Spirits on the Edge. Indianapolis, Indiana.
â€œAs a nurse who deals with chronic pain management on a daily basis I found Dr. Ortizâ€™s suggestions for pain and stress management to be among the most creative of any workshop that I've attended over the past few years." Introduction to Sound Psychology.
for the Healing Arts, Imperial Point Med.Center,
"As a music therapist I must admit that I walked into this workshop with more than my share of skepticism. Dr. Ortiz has blown me away. His knowledge of music in general is phenomenal, and his way of incorporating useful techniques from different modalities with charm and enthusiasm is unique and invigorating." Sound Psychology: A Practical Introduction. Music Therapy: Sound Health for the New Millenium.
- Music Therapy Association, Rochester, N.Y.
"Dr. Ortiz, I just heard your live radio interview on WCHT's Newstalk 600 Power Talk Radio show this morning and wanted to let you know that you helped to turn my day around. Your humor, warmth and empowering ideas are what "sound health" is all about. I have been whistling, humming and otherwise enjoying life all day long!"
- Jackie Pinefeld, Michigan (via E-mail).
this world of endless choices Iâ€™m glad I chose to attend this wonderfully
entertaining, scholarly and uplifting lecture. I certainly consider myself
more personally and professionally â€˜sound!â€™" An
Introduction to Sound Psychology for Mental Health Professionals.
- Lebanon Valley College, Lebanon, PA.
years of school and I finally learn something new and tangible that may
actually work with adolescents!" Nurturing
Your Child With Music: How Sound Awareness Creates Happy, Smart and Confident
- Royal Plaza Trade Center, Marlborough, MA.
Ortiz, thank you for reminding us to listen to ourselves, and for making
it so much easier to understand, respect and appreciate others."
Sound Psychology: Musical Alternatives for Learning, Teaching and Counseling.
- Mt. Ida College, Newton, Mass.
"You have inspired me to switch my major to psychology and resume my music lessons." Sound Psychology: Enhancing Health and Wellbeing Through Music.
- Keystone Health Promotion Conference, Messiah College, PA.
"As a mother, wife and educator with limited time for personal or professional growth opportunities this workshop was just what the doctor ordered!" Sound Psychology: Using Music for Healing and Transformation.
- WomanCare, Harrisburg, PA.
â€œI would give just about anything to have Dr. Ortiz as my very own â€˜uncle Johnâ€™." The Tao of Music: Using Music to Meet Life's Demands.
- The Learning Connection. Boston, MA.
doubt, this fun, creative workshop ranks as the most practical I have
attended over the course of my 18-year career as a counselor and family
therapist." Service of York & York County.
- York, PA.
â€œIn three short hours, this young, sensitive doctor has given me more insight into my potential than I have realized over the past 62 years of my life." Introduction to Sound Psychology.
- Senior Citizen's Group. Camp Hill, PA.
â€œFor the first time since high school I feel that I again understand modern music and remember the impact it has in our children. These workshops have made me feel young again!" Sound Psychology: Using Music to Meet Life's Demands.
- Series of (4) workshops at West Shore YMCA, Camp Hill, PA.
understanding of cross-cultural bridging approaches and ideas is to be
commended. His six-hour, English/Spanish presentation was a spellbinding
tour-de-force!" The 4th International Congress on Integrative and
Eclectic Psychotherapy and 3rd World Congress of Eclectic Hypnotherapy
in Psychology, Psychiatry and Medicine
â€œDr. Ortizâ€™s mastery of relationship building techniques with children and adolescents is outstanding. His contribution to my therapeutic armamentarium has been significant." Psychological Association Annual Convention.
- Harrisburg, PA.