Approximately 1,900 music therapists are members of AMTA and there are precisely 6,882 Board Certified Music Therapists. Why are music therapists not members of their professional association? I see AMTA publish the Benefits of Membership and post videos about why music therapists should be members, but I’m not sure they match up with my reasons, and I want to explore my perspective on AMTA membership. I was asked on Facebook to say why I was a member of AMTA several months ago. I didn’t respond to the #WeAreAMTA campaign, because, to be honest, I have difficulties with the association. They seem out of touch with their membership, as indicated by the big difference in the number of AMTA members vs MT-BCs. I thought I’d explore some of my difficulties and try to reconcile them for myself. Continue reading
In my continuing quest to be a good music therapist, I am adding to my collection of music therapy document summaries with the Professional Competencies. The Preamble explains that these competencies establish standards for music therapy education and clinical training, as well as the levels of practice. These competencies outline what a music therapist at the Professional Level of Practice, with a Bachlor’s degree or its equivalent in music therapy and a current music therapy credential (MT-BC) is trained to do. There are Advanced Competencies, too, but I’ll look at those later.
Continuing my practice of reviewing the documents that govern my profession, today I’m exploring the AMTA Standards of Clinical Practice. I’ve written previously on the Music Therapy Scope of Practice and the Code of Ethics.
Every year, I like to review the documents that govern my profession, just to keep the information in my head to help me make sound clinical decisions as I work with clients and teach music therapy. I looked at the Music Therapy Scope of Practice, so now I’ll take a closer look at the Code of Ethics.
It’s been about a year that I’ve used certain songs with my kid and I wanted to give an update on how they work now that he’s almost 3. The first song I shared was the Diaper Change Distraction Song. I don’t use this one very much anymore because he’s become pretty compliant (most of the time) with diaper changes and we are about to focus on potty training. Last time I tried to use this song, he looked at me and said, “Shhhh!”
Dr. Meganne Masko and I will discuss the articles published in the Spring 2016 Journal of Music Therapy (volume 53 number 1). This edition features articles on the Music Therapy Assessment Tool for Awareness in Disorders of Consciousness (MATADOC), Parents and Young Children with Disabilities, a Meaningfulness of Songwriting Scale (MSS), and the Music Attentiveness Screening Assessment, Revised (MASA-R). We will summarize the articles and share our opinions and how we apply this research to our clinical practices.
A few weeks ago, I mentioned my Wellness Agenda on a Facebook group. People asked me about it, so I said I would write a post about it. Basically, my Wellness Agenda is a set of goals that relate to each of the wellness dimensions that make sure I’m meeting all of my needs to stay healthy.
Did you know that every 33 seconds a child under 13 is involved in a car crash in the United States? That probably isn’t the first thing you think about when you are hauling your kids to school, the grocery store, or anywhere else around town. And really, you shouldn’t have to worry about whether or not your child is safely snuggled into the right car seat every time you get in the car. Instead, make sure your child is in the right seat from the get-go.
Safety seats, if used correctly, can dramatically reduce the risk of fatality or injury. But over half of car seats are misused in a way that could reduce their effectiveness and 1 in 3 children killed in car crashes were completely unrestrained at the time of the crash. Just the thought of that is devastating. So why not select the right car seat from the start?
And just because you THINK you know you have the right car seat, think again. Wouldn’t it just be best to know, without a doubt, that your child is in the right seat?
Unfortunately, there are so many parents out there who are not educated on the ins and outs of car seat safety. It is so important that we get the word out and educate parents and caregivers about the importance of selecting the right seat for their child’s age and size, and to remind them that car seats, booster seats and seat belts offer the best protection for children in crashes and help save lives.
Don’t wait until it is too late. Check out http://www.safercar.gov/parents/CarSeats/Car-Seat-Safety.htm to make sure you have the right seat buckled in the right way.