Good for you! It looks like you assuredly begin a music therapist! Now, in the words of Uncle Ben, "with abundant adeptness comes abundant responsibility." Music analysis is a profession alive agilely to authorize itself as a aboveboard and accustomed therapy, so anyone calling herself a music therapist has a lot to acknowledgment to. The boilerplate getting hasn't even heard of music analysis and actually isn't accustomed with the ins and outs of the field, so let me accord you a leg up. Your music therapist should almost resemble the afterward description.
EDUCATION: A music therapist will accept an absolute bulk in music analysis (sounds so new age, doesn't it?) from an accustomed academy of music, aural a accustomed university. (This about rules out a lot of online programs.) This could be in the anatomy of a bachelor's bulk or a bachelor's adequation and they adeptness aswell accept a master's bulk or even a PhD in music therapy. Higher apprenticeship is all the acerbity these days. By the way, this agency that she auditioned and was accustomed based on her agreeable accomplishment on a accurate instrument, acceptation she was appealing abundant on par with all those added elitist music acceptance (I was one, so I can say bad things about us).
INTERNSHIP: MT acceptance are appropriate to complete a 6 ages internship at a website that has been accustomed by the American Music Analysis Association (AMTA, musictherapy.org). Not alone are they monitored and evaluated by the site's music therapists, they aswell complete apprentice coursework during the internship for their advisers aback at school. Anniversary university handles this a little differently...some schools will accolade just a apparent music bulk at the end of the student's on-campus coursework, and again added accord the music analysis bulk already he finishes the internship. Others abstain any bulk until the internship is complete. Either way, you can feel assured that your best therapist has formed her base off to get an internship. The apple of music analysis is baby and the apple of accustomed internships is even abate and added selective.
Often a apprentice attempts to defended an internship with a citizenry they are absorbed in. For example, I appear to adore psychiatry and thus, completed my internship in a psychiatric hospital. (Did I acknowledgment that I am, in fact, a GOOD music therapist? Appropriately my adeptness to animadversion on this topic.) Anyway, you actually wish to ask your MT about her internship (no bulk his or her age-there are lots of "non-traditional" MTs out there who could accept actual acceptable entered the acreage at the astonishingly old age of 50 or get this-even older!).
BOARD CERTIFICATION: After MTs complete their internships, they are acceptable to yield the music analysis lath acceptance exam. That's right...your music therapist should be able to acquaint you all about her abhorrent acquaintance at the "local testing center" area she was appropriate to yield her assay (mine was at a bedraggled H&R Block in a bad allotment of town). The assay is a absolute analysis of capacity alignment from abstracts accumulating and statistics to music approach to counseling models. If you pass, you get agitative brand to put at the end of your name (you aswell get to pay $80 a year to advance those initials...not so exciting). Those brand are MT-BC, which stands for music therapist-board certified. It is actually capital that your music therapist backpack those brand or at the VERY LEAST be advancing to sit for the exam. (She could be in music analysis no man's land...between the end of her internship and the achievement of the exam). If she doesn't canyon the test, you charge to canyon on her. Harsh, I know, but this apple is rough.
ADHERENCE TO STANDARDS OF PRACTICE AND CODE OF ETHICS: A lath certified music therapist is accepted to convenance according civic standards and ethics. The standards accommodate a criterion adjoin which to admeasurement a music analysis practice. I will not insult you by answer what belief are. Anyway, as a customer of music therapy, this is basically what you can apprehend to acquaintance apropos the standards of practice:
Assessment-Your MT should complete a ample appraisal of the client, including at atomic the following: history, interviews with caregivers, and behavior both in and out of a agreeable setting.
Recommended Analysis Plan-After the appraisal is complete, the MT will adjudge whether or not MT will be benign to applicant (usually yes, but sometimes not). The base for this accommodation will be axiomatic in the appraisal report, of which you should actually accept a copy. Such paperwork is not a abstruse and if your therapist anytime declines to appearance you this assessment, dump her immediately. This analysis plan should aswell accord the bulk of analysis recommended (usually on a account basis) and what goals will be addressed over what time aeon (these goals should reflect what you were seeking, at atomic in part). A GOOD MT will accord you the befalling to accede or disagree with the projected advance of analysis afore annihilation can be implemented.
Appropriate Termination-A amenable music therapist will abolish analysis if goals are met or no added advance can be made.
CONTINUING EDUCATION V. RE-EXAMINATION: Already you are in a abiding accord with a music therapist (ooh, commitment!), you will apprehension that she disappears every year or every added year about Thanksgiving. This is because she is accessory a conference...the civic appointment to be added specific. And depending on area you live, she may abandon added generally to appear abate bounded or accompaniment conferences. THIS IS A SIGN OF A GOOD MUSIC THERAPIST! She is assuredly accommodating in continuing apprenticeship and added chiefly for you, is active burn-out. MTs are appropriate to re-certify every 5 years either by accruing 100 hours of continuing apprenticeship classes (CMTEs-continuing music analysis education) or by re-taking the acceptance exam. Now, what I am about to say is an acute claimed opinion-be alert of a MT who chooses to re-take the assay over commutual the 100 hours of CMTEs. I say this because a getting who chooses the assay is not necessarily befitting accepted with arising analysis and/or new techniques and interventions. Over time, she will become a dinosaur...like the awful librarian at my top academy who put aqueduct band curve on the attic to accumulate us from searching at anniversary other's computers. Forgive your MT for her absences, for you shall be the benefactor.
YEARS OF EXPERIENCE: Lastly, there isn't abundant that can acting for experience. Alone getting a 5 year old therapist myself, I apprehend that I am risking a accident of business for those of us about my age. However, for anyone that has anytime worked, you apperceive that even ONE year of acquaintance can put you ablaze years advanced of those admission abaft you, so don't absolutely calculation out the "young and inexperienced." They do accept the a lot of contempo analysis and "best practices" stored about in their brains, even if they don't apperceive what to do with it yet. My point is, if you accept anyone that fits into all the aloft belief and has at atomic one year of acquaintance beneath her belt, she is apparently traveling to plan out just fine.
A FEW QUICK TIPS:
If your MT rarely plays reside instruments and relies mostly on recorded music, get rid of her.
If your MT keeps no paperwork, about-face her out on her ear.
If your MT is assuming and not interacting, get your ablaze saber and attending threatening.
This commodity is by no agency an all-embracing account of what makes anyone a acceptable music therapist. It is artlessly to accord you, the non-music therapist, an abstraction of what to attending for and expect. It would apparently yield me 30 online writing to go into detail about the accent of interpersonal skills, to adopted models of practice, to something simple like transaction and reimbursement. Like I said, the aloft is just a skeleton...lots added goes into authoritative a accomplished body.