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In addition to real-time individualized support from the instructor, when you join this course you will:

  • Start your journey by engaging in a Perspective Analysis exercise to help examine potential unconscious biases regarding disability rights
  • Examine disability rights concerns and possible ethical situations through active sharing and discussion
  • Receive access to a comprehensive resource list of current reading material and organizations
  • Broaden your perspective and get plugged in to your local community’s efforts.

Though music therapists often work with persons with disabilities (PWD), one may not realize the full extent of marginalization and discrimination of PWD. PWD make up 26% of the US population, and yet are frequently discriminated against in all facets of life.

What can we do to help our clients beyond the therapy room? How can we change our daily habits and language to be more inclusive and respectful? Are we causing harm in the way we conduct business?

These questions and more will be examined alongside disability rights history and its current state. For disability rights is a civil rights issue, and we must take action to help our clients and ourselves.

Full course description

This course is approved by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) for 3 CMTEs.

Do you have questions? Special requests? Group access? Student discount? We will work with you!

Send an email to Paige at Info@MusicTherapyEd.com with your specific request, and we will respond with a custom solution just for you. (Paige is a music therapist too! She can help.)

This course comes with a VIP Membership!

  • Access to 100+ CMTEs at your fingertips
  • Monthly VIP Support Call – come share about your business, your work, your relationships, your EVERYTHING! We are here to support & uplift one another
  • 5 unlocks per month inside our renowned intervention idea database – search 100+ interventions for ideas based on your setting & your clients’ goals
  • Personalized support from Kat, our team, & our community – sign up includes a chat with Kat right away

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About the Instructor

Anita Swanson

Anita Swanson, Ph.D., MT-BC

Anita Swanson, Ph.D., MT-BC, serves as the President of the World Federation Of Music Therapy. She is also Project Coordinator, Texas Technology Access Program at The University of Texas at Austin. In this role, she helps students achieve more by assessing where they are, what motivates them, and acknowledging where there is room to grow. She helps to unlock their potential by creating inclusive environments and utilizing universal design principles to help them thrive. Breaking goals down via task analysis makes each step achievable and a reason to celebrate.

Kind Words

“Dr. Anita Swanson has been an immensely impactful presence within each stage of my professional life. As the Director of my undergraduate music therapy department, she transformed my education while influencing both my clinical and academic futures. I have always been inspired by her knowledge and passion for our field. Furthermore, not only does she care about educating the future of music therapy, but genuinely fosters success and welfare of her students. In my mind, Dr. Swanson has demonstrated the positive impact that a teacher can have on a student’s career and life.

Melinda Korte, MS, MT-BC

Dr. Anita Swanson is an internationally recognized credentialed music therapist, researcher, author and scholar whose work has been presented at numerous conferences around the world. She has given countless hours to advancing the discipline of music therapy in her board and service work, such as with the World Federation of Music Therapy, the American Association of Music Therapy and as an editorial review board member. In particular, for the WFMT, Dr. Swanson spearheaded the creation of an International Music Therapy Day and was instrumental in moving the organization’s social media reach forward. Further she was a dedicated WFMT officer who held a leading role in the strategic plan formation 2014-2017 and who volunteered on countless committees. She has taught both undergraduate and graduate music therapy students and has mentored many young and aspiring pre professionals and is well respected by her students.”

Amy Clements-Cortes, PhD, MTA

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CBMT Relationship: Ethics and Disability Rights with Anita Swanson, Ph.D., MT-BC is approved by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) for 3 Continuing Music Therapy Education credits. Sound Health Music, Approved Provider #P-110, maintains responsibility for program quality and adherence to CBMT policies and criteria. Please view the required CBMT information.