January is Music Therapy Advocacy Month! Music therapists are always passionately explaining what music therapy actually is, and how it’s different from nursing, physical therapy, music education, music performance, etc. We compare the rigorous education and training we must complete before testing for national board certification. We’re always educating families and healthcare organizations about the research-based techniques which allow our innovative modality to effectively accomplish non-musical outcomes for our honored veterans of war, individuals with disabilities, and persons in correctional facilities. We provide evidence for the cost-effectiveness of our services in hospices, community centers, and healthcare organizations. We are eager to demonstrate how an hour of Music Therapy can benefit long after the session’s over for children in schools, older adults with dementia, and many others. We are telling stories to elucidate tears, and warm the heart.
Music Therapy bloggers publish some great material rockin’ around the clock, every month of the year, but January is especially exciting because we work together around a common cause. This year, we are guided by the “contentiousness that seems to surround legislative and policy issues.” Advocates are encouraged to bring “a spirit of mindfulness to advocacy efforts. Mindfulness is defined as a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations. This requires an awareness of our attitudes, feelings, thoughts, and actions; an understanding of how they impact our experiences and behaviors; and a willingness to take responsibility for our mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical well-being.” For more information, musictherapystaterecognition.blogspot.com.