For this year’s #MTadvocacy project, AMTA and CBMT have asked us to envision our profession’s identity. This is a topic that we get very excited about. We believe that Music Therapists are vibrant, proactive, intelligent, and talented-filled professionals and all of those qualities make the FIELD of music therapy also vibrant, proactive, intelligent, and talent-filled.
We see the field of music therapy becoming stronger through the increased communication between music therapy authors/researchers/educators and music therapy clinicians. This is one of the primary reasons Music Therapy Book Club aims to bring authors and clinicians together through virtual meetings, book study, and audio seminars. This is what continued education is all about- connection, learning, and growth with the intention of helping us to better serve our our clients.
While it may seem that the only way to further develop yourself is to take a class that offers CMTE credits it is important to remember that continued education can happen in many different forms. You may be surprised by how easy it can be to learn something new!
Here are 7 alternative ways to invest in your continued education:
- Get free guitar lessons from James Taylor
- Learn new tricks for piano improvisation
- Participate in a group think tank. Meet up with music therapists (online or in person) and swap ideas.
- Beef up your presentation skills by joining ToastMasters or other public speaking organization.
- Take a course offered by online teaching websites like SkillShare and EdX.
- Pick up some free songwriting tips from the Berklee College of Music.
- Share YOUR ideas and thoughts… submit to Music Therapy Perspectives, Voices, or write a guest post for your favorite music therapy blog to publish.
As the profession of music therapy has been moving forward with recognition at the state level it has been identified that a document was needed to reflect a similar format to other health care professional organizations Scopes of Practice. CBMT and AMTA worked together to create a Scope of Music Therapy Practice (2015) for the profession based on published documents from both organizations. This new document entitled Scope of Music Therapy Practice (2015) is available as an educational tool and legislative support document that broadly defines the range of responsibilities of a fully qualified music therapy professional with requisite education, clinical training, and board certification. Click here to read the Scope of Music Therapy Practice (2015).