Thank you #FLMusicTherapy task force for this great #mtadvocacy video! Quoted from the YouTube posting: “Board Certified Music Therapists (MT-BC) along with clients, supervisors, facility partners, families, and other community members are advocating for state recognition of the MT-BC credential through the form of a music therapy registry. Currently under review by the Florida House of Representatives (House Bill 571) and Senate (Senate Bill 204), music therapy registry would protect clients from harm that can occur, intentionally or not, when untrained professionals use music interventions with a variety of populations. This also has the potential to increase client access to services through grants and other funding through the state and local government. Finally, the registry will ensure that all board-certified music therapists (MT-BC) will have to be listed on the Florida registry before providing music therapy services across the state.
What is Music Therapy, and what is #FLMusicTherapy week? Why is Florida filing for a Music Therapy Registry? What will the new Registry look like?
Music Therapy (MT) is an allied healthcare profession serving the unique needs of individuals with a wide range of skills and abilities, needs and limitations. Music therapists use music and a therapeutic relationship as tools to accomplish non-musical, clinical objectives for the young, adult, and elderly across social, emotional, cognitive, and physical domains of wellbeing. We are highly trained therapists working in special education, neuromuscular rehab, general medical, skilled nursing, end-of-life care, and much, much more.
What does NOT distinguish our field are the diverse clients we work with or the individualized objectives we help them to accomplish. Indeed, we collaborate with (and work towards similar goals as) speech therapists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, school teachers, medical doctors, and other professionals as part of an interdisciplinary treatment team. What DOES distinguish MT is the research-based application of music through a therapeutic relationship with a board-certified professional. Although you may be a brilliant musician with good intentions, you can not provide music therapy, just like an expert runner can not practice physical therapy.