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Music Therapy Advocacy Month

January 9, 2014 02:06 PM

2014 Social Media Advocacy Project

Introduction: Advocacy —> Recognition —> Access

SM-Advocacy-Badge-2012-e1325611932440Since 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, 2 licensure bills passed in 2011, 1 licensure bill passed in 2012, almost a dozen pieces of legislation in 2013, and an estimated 10 bills in 2014 that seek to create either title protection, registration, or licensure for music therapy. This month, our focus is on YOU and on getting you excited about advocacy.

About the Project

The 2014 Social Media Advocacy Month theme is "We are…" and will center on exploring and honoring the profession of music therapy as a distinct profession, unique from other professions and professionals with which we work. Throughout the month of January, music therapy bloggers and podcasters will be sharing their tips, thoughts, and ideas on advocacy, on being an advocate, and on being a music therapist.

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.