Every 5 years, a Board Certified Music Therapist must submit 100 Continuing Music Therapy Education (CMTE) credits to the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) in order to maintain certification. Conference attendance can earn you up to XXX credits, if you take advantage of every opportunity available.
The easiest way to obtain credits is through Approved Educational Courses. At #AMTA15, these are the Institutes and CMTE courses available before and during conference. Let’s pretend you want to get the most credits and spend the least amount of money. Here’s how you can do that at #AMTA15:
First, pay your membership dues to AMTA. For 2015, Professional Membership is $250. Then register for conference before the Early-bird Deadline for $360. That already seems like a lot of money, but you get a lot of benefits for AMTA membership and conference attendance, besides continuing education credits.
Now you can register for Institutes and CMTE courses. This year, the Documentation in Music therapy: How to be Effective, Consistent, and Thoughtful institute is FREE to 2015 AMTA members registered for conference. 3 Credits-Wednesday, Nov. 11, 8:30-11:30 am.
The First-Ever Extraordinary Education Event: AMTA Leadership Academy institute is only $80 for AMTA members. 3 Credits-Wednesday, Nov. 11, 12:30-6:30 pm.
Thursday, November 12, you can get 10 more credits by taking a 5 hour course from 7:30-12:30 and another one from 1:30-6:30. If you chose any of the morning courses, and CMTE N. Supervising the National Roster Music Therapy Intern in the afternoon, then you have 10 credits for $100.
Friday, the main conference begins. Here is where you can pick up some credits under the Umbrella Grouping category. An umbrella grouping is a group of domain-related events (presentations, seminars, workshops, in-services, etc.) each fewer than 3 contact hours. These must be incorporated under a theme or unifying topic that relates to the CBMT Board Certification Domains and results in a total of at least 3 contact hours. Page 16 of the conference program has a really handy grid for keeping track of your umbrella groupings, although you probably can’t fit a 250 word summary into that box provided, so be sure to follow the documentation guidelines in the Recertification Manual.
Let’s say you’re interested in Music Therapy Business Development. Here’s the sessions you could attend that may fit in that Umbrella Grouping (Placing events in an umbrella grouping and relating them to the CBMT Board Certification Domains is the sole responsibility of the certificant–not me or this blog post.):
Friday, November 13
- 7:30 – 8:45 am – How to Create and Deliver a Powerful Presentation
- 9:00 – 10:15 am – Present the Best Version of You: A Mission-Based Writing Workshop
- 2:00 – 3:15 pm – Set Your Sights For Growth! Effective Goal Setting Techniques for Business Owners
- 3:30 – 4:45 pm – Building a Pediatric Hospital-Based Music Therapy Program through Philanthropy
- 5:00 – 6:15 pm – Building Bridges: Jumpstarting a Music Therapy Program at a Homeless Shelter
Saturday, November 14
- 9:30 – 10:45 am – The Elephant in the Profession: Balancing Career, Family and Professional Retention
- 11:00 am – 12:15 pm – Professional Writing Skills – Convey Your Thoughts Correctly, Clearly, Concisely, and Effectively
- 1:30 – 2:45 pm – Trending Topics #4: Professional
- 3:00 – 4:15 pm – Integrative Perspectives in Music Therapy: Meeting Client Needs for Diversified Approaches
- 4:30 – 5:45 pm – LIVESTRONG and Music Therapy: Partners in Improving the Cancer Experience
Sunday, November 15
- 7:30 – 8:45 am – A Session Planning Sheet Made Simple: Version 2.0
- 9:00 – 10:15 am – Ethical Issues in Private Practice Music Therapy Employment and Contracting
- 10:30 – 11:45 am – How to Take Data When Your Hands are Full of Instruments!
All the session times for conference this year are 75 minutes, which is convenient. It also means that you only have to group TWO sessions together to form an Umbrella Group, so you don’t even have to work so hard to find a group for all of your sessions. You just have to pair TWO sessions. If you grouped ALL of these in to one group, then you would have 19 credits, just for attending sessions.
AND you get 5 credits just for attending conference (see the details in the Recertification Manual).
That’s 40 credits total, if you take advantage of all of the opportunities available at conference, and you’ve only spent $180 in addition to the membership and conference registration. Membership should be a given expense, so that you can get the journals (more CMTE credits available for reading those!) and support the work of the Government Relations team, in addition to all the other benefits of membership.
Conference Registration is $360 + $180 for additional CMTE courses = $540. That’s $13.50 per credit. If you add AMTA membership, that comes out to $19.75 per credit. Where can you get credits that inexpensively, plus see all your MT friends?!