Welcome to the Massachusetts Music Therapy Alliance

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We are celebrating our 36th year of supporting Music Therapists in the area and providing ongoing training.  We meet three times a year, offering 5 CMTEs (Continuing Music Therapy Education credits).

The 2015-2016 program will focus on the Ethical Decision Making and Development for Music Therapists, and is a three part series that will explore ethical issues affecting the music therapist. Themes addressed will include client privacy/boundaries, cross-cultural challenges, and technology via collaborative groups, presentations from professionals in the field and case studies.

The mini-conference dates are:
October 3, 2015
December 19, 2015
February 6, 2016

Second MMTA Mini-Conference:
“Cultural and Social Competency – Implications for Clinical Practice”
When: Saturday, December 19, 2015
Who: Dr. Jared Leaderman, PhD, LMHC, MT-BC
Topic: Cultural and Social Justice Competencies–Implications for Ethical Practice
Time: 9:30am
Location: Congregational Church of Weston, 130 Newton St., Weston, MA
Newsletter: December Newsletter 2015

Dr. Jared Leaderman, PhD, MT-BC, will discuss his work and his dissertation, which explore the development of cultural and social justice competency in the music therapist, through a client-centered, humanistic and mindfulness lens. Facilitated by Dr. Jared Leaderman, PhD, MT-BC.

Third MMTA Mini-Conference:
“Case Studies in Ethical Dilemmas in Music Therapy Practice – A Panel Discussion”
When: Saturday, February 6, 2016
Who: TBD
Topic: Case Presentations
Time: 9:30am
Location: Congregational Church of Weston, 130 Newton St., Weston, MA

Three music therapists will present case studies illustrating ethical dilemmas they have faced in their practices. They will discuss their strategies, successes and challenges in identifying and attempting to resolve these issues. Facilitated by Dr. Jared Leaderman, PhD, MT-BC.

CBMT Course Objectives (5 Credits Available):
– Participants will identify ethical dilemmas in their own practices – including those related to privacy/confidentiality/boundaries, cultural issues, and technology, and develop strategies to evaluate and address these issues.
– Participants will define cross-cultural competence and social justice competence, understand the process of competency development, and explore pathways to their own competency development.
– Participants will identify ethical dilemmas in 3 case studies, and develop strategies to address these issues.

Cancellation and Refund Policy: If cancelled, meeting will be rescheduled for an alternative date. 

Statement of Relationship: “Ethical Decision-Making and Development for Music Therapists” is approved by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) for 5 Continuing Music Therapy Education Credits. The NER/AMTA, provider # P-063 maintains responsibility for the program quality and adherence to CBMT policies and criteria. 

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