With the new blog design, you may find the subtitle says “January is a Social Media Advocacy for Music Therapy Month“. I am so amazed that there have been so many wonderful blog posts about music therapy advocacy by music therapist bloggers– you can check all out here.
So, Music Therapy Advocacy– what is it?
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.
But how exactly can I contribute to the “Advocacy”?
As for me, I am still new to the field and felt I do not have much to say that I have done something specifically for “Advocacy”. But I recalled a blog post by Mundana Music Therapy (thank you!) for last year’s campaign saying “Advocacy = Attitude”.
Then I thought advocacy can happen at any time, any level through speaking out for my passion = music therapy.
For the rest of this month, I will make some more posts about my thoughts and efforts on MT advocacy.
In the meantime, take this fun MT Advocacy Quiz and find out what type of MT advocate you are!