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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…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

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…

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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 staff,…

Brittany Tachkov, MT-BC

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 do. In the video below,…