By Karla Hawley, M. Ed., MT-BC
Music therapists oftentimes encounter with a situation where music therapy is misrepresented. Below is the summary is what music therapy advocacy is and how the State Recognition Operation Plan has organized its strategy for increasing professional recognition in each state, including how to practice ethical and responsive approaches to handle misrepresentation of music therapy.
State Recognition Operational Plan
Advocacy Challenges: Points of Opposition
In order to resolve concerns, members of AMTA, CBMT, and Task Forces have:
So, as a professional who may come across what may seem as a transgression to the music therapy profession should first contact their state task force (firstname.lastname@example.org). From there the state task force will take action and if no satisfactory resolution is found then the western regional task force representative will be brought in to assist. If that doesn’t resolve the apparent transgression then the national task force will be included. During the process, the music therapist bringing their concern to awareness will be kept in the loop of progress.
Advocacy Ethics: Pre-emptive Ethical Practice & Responsiveness
1.1 The MT will perform only those duties for which he/she has been adequately
trained, not engaging outside his/her area of competence.
1.6 The MT respects the rights of others to hold values, attitudes, and opinions that
differ from his/her own.
2.1 The MT will strive for the highest standards in his/her work, offering the highest
quality of services to clients/students.
4.3 The MT will attempt to establish harmonious relations with members from other
professions and professional organizations and will not damage the professional
reputation or practice of others.
6.1 The MT will strive to increase public awareness of music therapy.