Introduction: Advocacy --> Recognition --> Access
Since 2005, the American Music Therapy Association and the Certification Board for Music Therapists have collaborated on a State Recognition Operational Plan. The primary purpose of this Plan is to get music therapy and our MT-BC credential recognized by individual states so that citizens can more easily access our services. The AMTA Government Relations staff and CBMT Regulatory Affairs staff provide guidance and technical support to state task forces throughout the country as they work towards state recognition. To date, their work has resulted in 35 active state task forces, 2 licensure bills passed in 2011, and an estimated 10 bills being filed in 2012 that seek to create either a music therapy registry or license for music therapy. This month, our focus is on YOU and on getting you excited about advocacy.
About the Project
Throughout the month of January, music therapy bloggers and podcasters will be sharing their tips, thoughts, and ideas on advocacy and on being an advocate. I will be adding links to their articles and podcast episodes as the month goes by. Be sure to also follow the #mtadvocacy hashtag on Twitter to stay current with what's happening.
Participating Blogs and Podcasts
THANK YOU to these fabulous music therapy bloggers and podcasters who are participating in this year's social media advocacy month: Megumi Azekawa, Meryl Brown, John Carpente, Bernice Chu, CJ Diachenko, Ginny Driscoll, Michelle Erfurt, Bonnie Hayhurst, JoAnn Jordan, Kalani, Andrew Knight, Blythe LaGasse, Kate Legge, Janice (Harris) Lindstrom, Matt Logan, Ashley Lundquist, Bill Matney, Natalie Mullis, Rachelle Norman, Judith Pinkerton, Dean Quick, Roia Rafieyan, Rachel Rambach, Megan Resig, Wade Richards, Stephanie Scheffel, Rachel See Smith, Sara Sendlbeck, Jenny Sokira, Christina Stock, Michelle Strutzel, Daniel Tague, Natasha Thomas, Kimberly Thompson, Annie Walljasper