Introduction: Advocacy —> Recognition —> Access
Since 2005, the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) and the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) have collaborated on a State Recognition Operational Plan. The primary purpose of this plan is to get music therapy and the MT-BC credential recognized by individual states so that citizens can more easily access our services. The AMTA Government Relations staff and the 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 over 40 active state task forces, and a growing number bills filed each legislative session. In addition, state recognition efforts have led to the creation of a:
- music therapy licenses in Georgia (2012), Nevada (2011), North Dakota (2011), and Oregon (2015)
- music therapy state certification in Utah (2014)
- music therapy registry in Rhode Island (2014)
This month, our focus is on YOU and on getting you excited about advocacy.
About the Project
Each New Year brings the opportunity to reflect on all that we have accomplished and to determine what is needed in the coming year to move forward. As the Regulatory Affairs (CBMT) and Government Relations (AMTA) teams reflect on the first 10 years of the State Recognition Operational Plan, we are grateful for the number of individuals that have actively engaged in the advocacy process. We have had the incredible fortune to watch groups of diverse individuals pull together, capitalize on their strengths, and create access to services for clients and families that benefit greatly from music therapy.
One of the observations we reflect on regularly is what makes an advocacy team successful. The teams that stand out are those that have 3 different kinds of participants:
CONNECTORS - Building Bridges
REFLECTORS - Holding Up the Mirror
DIRECTORS - Consulting the Compass
While this is certainly not an exhaustive list, this seems to be a “triple threat” of action-oriented personalities that are able to work in tandem and move a group forward.
Throughout the month of January, music therapy bloggers and podcasters will be sharing their stories as a Connector, Reflector, or Director, as well as their thoughts on other characteristics or personalities they find "key" in advocacy. Articles and podcast episodes will be posted to this site throughout the month. Be sure to also follow the #mtadvocacy hashtag on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to stay current with the latest happenings.
Participating Blogs and Podcasts
Annapolis Music Therapy
- "Directing" the Michigan Task Force: My Race for #MTAdvocacy
- [Guest Post] Social Media Advocacy Month 2016
- Music Therapy Advocacy in 2016: Are You a Connector, Reflector, or Director?
- Music Therapy Advocacy: Tell Your Story
- #MTAdvocacy Round-Up
- Social Media Advocacy Month: What Does Being an Advocate Mean?
- Music Therapy Advocacy Video 2016
- Advocating for Music Therapy: What's In It for Me?
- Is Your Music Therapy Board Certified?
- Connector, Reflector, or Director?
- Music Therapy Advocacy Month
- #FLMusicTherapy Advocacy Graphics
- Shout-out! Why I Want to Change the World with Music Therapy
- SB 204/HB 571 #FLMusicTherapy
- Music Therapy!