The Scope of Music Therapy Practice (SOP) serves Music Therapists, other health and education professionals, government officials, clients, and the general public by articulating the range of responsibilities of a fully qualified Music Therapist – Board Certified (MT-BC). The SOP defines Music Therapy, explains our values which MT practice is based upon, pinpoints responsibilities which distinguish a Music Therapist, explains the potential for harm if un-credentialed persons provide clinical services, discerns AMTA from CBMT, and clarifies the requisite education, clinical training, board certification, and continuing education required to earn the credentials Music Therapist – Board Certified (MT-BC).
Who is and who is not qualified to practice Music Therapy? What training does a credentialed Music Therapist receive? What is the potential for harm if someone lacks this professional preparation? The American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) and the independent Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) co-published the latest 2015 Scope of Music Therapy Practice (SOP), available online here. Stay tuned – The Rhythm & Reason Blog presents quotes and succinct summaries of the SOP using the tag “Scope Of Practice”.