Monday, August 14, 2017

#AMTA15 Conference Recovery – Step 3

Angie Snell, Jamie George, Olivia Swedberg-Yinger, Petra Kern

Presenters of the Documentation Institute: Angie Snell, Jamie George, Olivia Swedberg-Yinger, Petra Kern

Step 1 – Do what you gotta do to return to your normal life.

Step 2 – Review what you learned and decide how you want to incorporate it into your practice.

Step 3 – Update your CMTE credits and your resume/CV!

I’ve written about these topics before, so for more details about updating your resume, click here. And for more details about reporting CMTE credits, click here. Also, for a detailed step by step guide to conference recovery, click here.

This year, all the certificates for conference were emailed, instead of paper copies handed out. And by now, you should have received your certificate for conference attendance, along with certificates for any CMTE courses or institutes you attended. So save those in a folder on your computer labeled Continuing Education Current Cycle (or the years of your current CBMT recertification cycle). Mine is in a folder called Continuing Education and then inside there I have one labeled Continuing Education 2011-2015. Here, I’ve saved my certificates for the Documentation Institute, the Psychotherapy Institute, and the Brain-Tuning CMTE, plus my conference attendance certificate.

The irritating thing about the electronic certificate is that AMTA sent it in the body of an email, not as a PDF attachment. So I had to print the email, but I selected a PDF file as the “printer,” so it created a PDF version of the email containing the certificate, then I saved that into my continuing education file. The certificates issued by the Continuing Education Committee were PDF attachments, so they were much easier to deal with.

Next, go to and sign in to your account. If you don’t know how to do this, read this detailed post about reporting CMTE credits. Click the link that says “Enter Credits,” then click the button that says “Enter Credits”.

Select Music Therapy Conference. In the Description enter: AMTA Conference. In the Location enter: Kansas City. Enter the date: 11/15/2015. Enter 5 credits. Click the SAVE button.

Then enter your CMTE credits under Educational Courses. Here’s what I entered:

  • Educational Course, Documentation in Music Therapy: How to be Effective, Consistent and Thoughtful, P-051, 11/11/2015, 3 credits SAVE
  • Educational Course, Psychotherapy – Where Does it Fit in Your Music Therapy Practice, P-051, 11/11/15, 6 credits SAVE
  • Ethics, Psychotherapy – Where Does it Fit in Your Music Therapy Practice, P-051, 11/11/15, 3 credits SAVE (I entered this course twice, under the Educational Course and the Ethics categories, because it counted for 6 CMTEs as an educational course and included 3 CMTEs under ethics. Check your certificate to see how many ethics credits are included in your courses.)
  • Educational Course, BrainTuning: Improving Attention, Memory, and Executive Function Using Evidence-Based Music Strategies, P-051, 11/12/15, 5 credits SAVE

If you used any of the concurrent sessions as an umbrella grouping, then enter them under Educational Courses. For the Description, write your “Unifying Theme or Topic.” Enter the location as Kansas City or AMTA conference – Kansas City, whichever you prefer. For the date completed, select the date of the last course you attended for this umbrella grouping. Enter the number of credits you are claiming for this umbrella grouping. Then click the SAVE button.

For example, I attended two research-based concurrent sessions. On Friday, I attended Research Committee Presents: Improving Quality and Access: Music Therapy Research 2025 (MTR2025) and on Saturday, I attendedĀ Research Committee Presents: Cultivating an Evidence-Based Culture in Music Therapy. Since each session time was an hour and 15 minutes at this conference, I only need two sessions to equal 3 contact hours (75 minutes + 75 minutes = 150 minutes/50 minutes (a CMTE hour) = 3 CMTEs). So I would enter it this way:

  • Educational Course, Research Umbrella Grouping, AMTA – Kansas City, 11/14/2015, 3 credits SAVE

Then I would gather the required documentation (see page 17 of the CBMT Recertification Manual). Open a Word document (or whatever word processor you use). Then enter the following, using my example:

  1. Music Therapy Research (activity title)
  2. AMTA conference in Kansas City (name of the activity sponsor)
  3. Barb Else & Eric Walden (name of the instructors)
  4. I’m not going to actually write a 250 word summary because this post is long enough, but I will include how it applies to MT practice and the CBMT Board Certification Domains, specifically, IV. A. 2. Review current research and literature in music therapy and related disciplines.
  5. Then I’ll scan the front cover, page 30, and page 37 of the conference program and save that, along with my above word doc, into my Continuing Education 2011-2015 folder. I’ll probably also save a PDF of the conference program from the AMTA website, just so I have the whole thing available for the audit, if necessary. I’ll also file the hard copy of the program, just in case I need that.

Finally, clean out your conference bag and schedule time to follow up with people whose business cards you collected or presenters you liked or other people you networked with. Also schedule time to work on all the project ideas you got while you were at conference.