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Song-Writing In Music Therapy – INTERVENTION

Song-Writing In Music Therapy – INTERVENTION

This is a way to dive into songwriting QUICKLY in a way you may never have thought of before. Tracy Richardson, PhD, MT-BC, is the Dean of Graduate Therapy & Counseling Programs at St. Mary Of The Woods College. This year she released a book "Who Moved My Cape:...

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Do Your Clients Have “Musical Buy-In”?

Do Your Clients Have “Musical Buy-In”?

When your client requests their favorite song, do you have the skills you need to get their musical buy-in? That moment of musical connection is what Nathan Mensah, MA, MT-BC is passionate about helping music therapists achieve: "I have a concept I call "the musical...

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MT-BC Exam Prep Workshop: CONQUER the Test!

MT-BC Exam Prep Workshop: CONQUER the Test!

You've completed all your coursework, logged all your pre-clinical hours, and finished your internship. Now, only one thing stands between you & starting your dream career: the board examination. No matter your study style, preparing for the exam can be a daunting...

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Brain Running on Overdrive? Try Improvisation!

Brain Running on Overdrive? Try Improvisation!

As a leader in healthcare, you use the power of music every day to help your clients. But have you ever considered the role of music in your own self-care? The effects of music's allure are real and powerful. Wander into a drum circle or a jam, and you'll probably...

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Find Strength in Stress with a Loving Kindness Meditation

Find Strength in Stress with a Loving Kindness Meditation

In times of stress, the best thing we can do for each other is to listen with our ears and our hearts and to be assured that our questions are just as important as our answers. - Fred Rogers Take a moment wherever you are-- no matter how busy you are!-- to practice...

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Apology to Black Music Therapists Network

Dear Music Therapy Ed community, Please see my public apology to Natasha Thomas and the Black Music Therapy Network (BMTN) below. I address you too, even if you're not part of the BMTN, so please read on: Dear Natasha Thomas and the Black Music Therapy Network, My...

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Get Excited– The Future of Pediatric MT Is Bright!

Get Excited– The Future of Pediatric MT Is Bright!

Let us predict the future... 🔮...the future of pediatric music therapy, that is.  Growing patient's needs and a growing body of research deserves well-informed and ever-growing music therapists! The more we stay up to date with different medical procedures and...

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Do You Work In Pediatrics? Here’s Some Resources!

Do You Work In Pediatrics? Here’s Some Resources!

 Do you work with children? How about a general hospital? Perhaps you are currently serving as a pediatric music therapist or, maybe is a goal of yours to become one? Our community offers many resources to help you become a more well-rounded and informed music...

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Challenges in MT: How Do I Prepare for THAT?!

Challenges in MT: How Do I Prepare for THAT?!

Challenges, challenges...we all have them, don't we? Often, these challenges frustrate us and make us feel discouraged. Most of the time, those challenges are the ones that help us pivot and take our services and ourselves as music therapists to the next level!...

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Pediatric Music Therapy Deserves Some Love!

Pediatric Music Therapy Deserves Some Love!

From early childhood to geriatrics, neonatal intensive care units to hospice, music therapy plays an important role in many different settings. Our diversity in scope and practice is one of the best parts of our profession: wherever there is a person in need of...

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The Systems You NEED (regardless of setting)

The Systems You NEED (regardless of setting)

Consider the administrative and documentation systems you manage as a music therapist: time, money, and contact management. No doubt, we all feel overwhelmed sometimes just trying to keep our heads above water. When your systems are in place, everything in life is...

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MS Word HACKS for Documentation

MS Word HACKS for Documentation

In the video below, Allison Hingley, MM, MT-BC, walks you through a documentation hack using Microsoft Word. If your documentation is messy, chaotic, or difficult for others to decipher, then this video is perfect for you! Her demonstration starts with a blank Word...

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Documentation & HIPAA Compliance

Documentation & HIPAA Compliance

When it comes to HIPAA compliance, be careful about storage services like Google Drive and Dropbox. There are extra steps you should take to ensure privacy and confidentiality. HIPAA is one of those areas that may seem vague or mysterious. It doesn't have to be! And...

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Long Session Narratives = Brain Drain

Long Session Narratives = Brain Drain

If documentation takes 5 times as long as client service time, then let's evaluate your systems! Recently, we encountered a clinician who was required to submit a paragraph for each of her 40 clients in 2 days. If you have long narratives for documentation, then...

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How To Speak To Supporters (& Get Them Listening!)

How To Speak To Supporters (& Get Them Listening!)

You've done your research. You've seen the results. You know that the services you are providing are an asset to the organization you serve. So when it comes time to ask for more resources, how do you get the decision maker on your side? Brittney Tachkov, MT-BC shares...

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What If I’m Alone As The Only Music Therapist?

What If I’m Alone As The Only Music Therapist?

Even if you are the only music therapist at your facility, no one is an island: unfortunately, it is easy to feel deserted! Catching yourself feeling like "no one ever even reads my reports" or "nobody gets what I do!"?  We've all been there. In the video below,...

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The Big Turn Off: Are You Making This Mistake?

The Big Turn Off: Are You Making This Mistake?

Sometimes the worst mistake you can make when advocating for music therapy is bringing up music therapy. What?! While that seems totally counterintuitive, it all comes down to the idea of reacting versus responding. When someone (a client, a family member, a support...

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Establish Authority As A Music Therapist in ONE Step!

Establish Authority As A Music Therapist in ONE Step!

As music therapy professionals, most of us have encountered situations in our workplaces where staff, administrators, or caregivers make us powerless or less qualified. WRONG! Music therapists are leaders in healthcare and nobody knows our modality better than we...

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What Do Relationships Have To Do With Funding?

What Do Relationships Have To Do With Funding?

Just like in therapy, the results you get are directly impacted by the relationships you build.  Relationships in the fundraising world happen in two ways: direct and indirect.  The direct relationships are those rare gems of moments where a decision maker is directly...

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Marry Your Purpose, Not Your Commodities

Marry Your Purpose, Not Your Commodities

I made a guest appearance on the Music Therapy Chronicles podcast last week! ???? Listen on your drive, or while doing dishes or laundry. (I do podcasts during laundry - makes it so relaxing!) And learn the story of how Music Therapy Ed today serves thousands of...

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[PHONE SCRIPT] How To Make A Compassionate Connection

[PHONE SCRIPT] How To Make A Compassionate Connection

The only thing standing between you and your dream job might be one perfectly executed cold call. No pressure, right?We have your back, you fearless leader in healthcare! Use the template below to craft a polished, poised, evidence-packed call that will leave any...

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[FREE TOOL] Does This Count For CMTEs?

[FREE TOOL] Does This Count For CMTEs?

Have you ever completed a required training at work, written a song for a client, taken CPR training, or written an essay for a project, and thought "Can I count this for CMTEs?" STOP IN YOUR TRACKS, and fill out this easy form to find out! We've done all the hard...

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How To Recertify & Submit CMTEs, Stress-Free

How To Recertify & Submit CMTEs, Stress-Free

Ethics, umbrellas, and audits OH MY! We have been around the block a few times. And our team has learned a ton about recertification. You don't have to go it alone! Watch the video below, and walk away knowing how to recertify and submit your CMTEs, stress-free. In...

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BIG CHANGES ARE COMING IN JUNE!

BIG CHANGES ARE COMING IN JUNE!

Oh we have BIG CHANGES coming up, and this is the headquarters for update notices! Watch for a demo video of our new website in mid-June. Meanwhile, here's a non-comprehensive list of the changes to come in the next month:   VIP Subscription as we know it is...

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DoThe Documentation Decision Tree In 20 Seconds

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Do you ever need a little on-the-spot inspiration? Take a few seconds to download the Decades Cheat Sheet, and let Meredith Hamons, MT-BC be your guide! 

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