Web Ethics with Rachelle Norman, MA, MT-BC
Number of CMTEs: 4
Length of Access: 2 months
The internet offers music therapists unprecedented opportunities for serving clients, educating the public, and advocating for the profession. With these new resources comes the need to develop as ethical thinkers, as we thoughtfully consider how to be on the web in a professional, ethical manner. This course focuses on professional relationships on the internet–with clients, employers, colleagues, and the general public – with a focus on ethical decisions about social media, websites, blogs, and other internet-based technology. In this course, participants will learn general guidelines about ethical issues then apply this learning to a series of ethical dilemmas, using Dileo’s Ethical Decision Making Model.
“Would I recommend this course to others? Definitely! Technology is advancing so fast, and I feel like as MT’s, it’s our job to keep abreast of what our options are in technology, and how we can both use them to ours and our clients’ benefit, as well as ensuring we are causing no harm. I was encouraged to see that an online policy I had in place for myself for was in alignment to the instructor’s policy as well. The instructor laid out some really good ways to essentially “check myself”, and I definitely plan on keeping the lists and handouts for this, as a reference. Overall, I thought it (the course) was put together really well and thoughtfully! I liked the specific scenarios given to us, and then working through them. I definitely plan on coming back to MusicTherapyEd.com and continuing to utilize it. To say that it’s convenient would be an understatement!”
–Megan Elliott, MT-BC | Tigard, Oregon
“After taking this course, I feel that I will be able to better represent myself on the internet as a professional music therapist. I am grateful to have received some good tips from the instructor regarding how to make good decisions with social media and website content. I am currently building a website, and I’m so glad to have taken this course before adding more content and structure to my site. It helped to have this course serve as a foundation as I build my web presence and represent myself as a professional.”
–Melinda Wilson, MT-BC | Northridge, CA
“This course is an easy and understandable way to get information on this topic — a topic which doesn’t have a lot of material available for music therapists right now. I enjoyed learning about why using the Internet as a professional is useful. I had felt that I had a good sense of ethics in other areas prior to this course, but hadn’t understood why it would in fact be ethical, and important to use the Internet in the first place. So, understanding that has broadened my understanding, which I appreciate. After taking this course, I will be more comfortable and interested in having more of a presence online in the future, as a professional. I also really appreciated having access to this course at home. What you offer is a wonderful opportunity. Thank you!”
–Abigail Yeh, MT-BC | Corvallis, OR
“This course provided the framework and the tools to assist in making the best decisions for ourselves and most important, those we serve. Rachelle Norman’s expertise and insight was extremely helpful, and she gave an excellent presentation! She was knowledgeable, honest, positive and encouraging. Once again, this course along with the AMTA Code of Ethics, highlighted why I am so proud to be part of this incredible profession. Thank you for providing these courses!”
–Pamela Axler, MT-BC | Clarksville, MD
I would absolutely recommend this course. It’s vital that we revisit our adherence to the highest ethical standards and to be aware of those situations that occur in professional practice. I enjoyed the calls and the interaction with fellow MT’s. After taking this course, I will continue to be aware of ethical situations and to uphold the highest standard of ethical behavior. Thanks for again providing outstanding courses. While it’s great to attend conferences, this format is especially helpful since it can be ongoing and without the expense and time of conference attendance.
–Cynthia Shawcroft, MT-BC | Medford, OR
This is my third online course through musictherapyed.com and I LOVE the format, the support, the forums and the array of topics and instructors sharing from their expertise! This course is perfect for fulfilling the new ethics requirement for re-certification. I enjoyed the scenarios that Rachelle presented within the course and also the real-life scenarios that came up in the phone calls. Hearing Rachelle’s insight and other music therapists responses and thoughts in processing and problem solving important ethical issues was super helpful.
–Bonnie Hayhurst, MT-BC | Cleveland, OH
This course was well organized and Rachelle presented it in a manner that was easy to listen to and also to understand.It really made me think more about the use of social media and how it can help, but also some of the catches and issues that arise that you may not think of ahead of time. It has helped me to be able to work through some of those things and hopefully be better prepared.
–Juliet Mitton, MMT, MT-BC | Lancaster, PA
I have been becoming more active using the web to advertise my business and my services, and feel this course helped me see other avenues I can take to share what I have to offer as a music therapist. There are many different ethical issues and this was a start to get educated on this topic. The scenarios were helpful, because I learn when there are examples to what is being taught. I feel being a professional we need to be familiar with ethical issues that might come up and know what to do or have the tools to make good decisions.
–Jennifer Hezoucky, MT-BC | Jacobsburg, OH
I enjoyed the interaction with course participants. After taking this course, I foresee considerations about my own personal webpage and how the different circles of the different social media I am involved with interact. The Internet is so prevalent in our society. It is too easy to allow unconscious unprofessional unethical slips to occur which damage our own reputation and our profession as a whole.
–Daniel Leopold, MA, MT-BC | Bronx, NY
Rachelle was very easy to understand. I enjoyed the ethical scenarios; They really made you think. I would recommend this course because the internet has added so many ethical issues that can affect music therapists. I will be very careful about any post I put on the internet-my employer has a very strict policy about facebook posts.
–Dina Budke, MT-BC | Beloit, KS
I’d recommend this course to any of my colleagues who have any sort of online presence, because it could help them rethink the ways in which they present themselves online.
–Faith Halverson-Ramos, MA, MT-BC | Longmont, CO
This information is just too important not to know. I loved the scenarios! They really made the information come alive. After taking the course, I will have a much broader awareness of what to think about before posting on the internet.
–Cynthia D. Long, MT-BC, NMT | Reading, PA
It is very important to understand web ethics, as it is something we, as MTs, are faced with everyday. The example ethical issues that Norman utilized during the presentation were detailed enough that I was able to easily apply the steps that she went over to the issues that I have faced. After taking the course, I foresee taking more care and time processing the ethical issues that are presented to me throughout my professional and personal life.
–Chelsi Jones, MT-BC | Logan, UT
“The information in this course was very useful. I enjoyed all of the different scenarios. It helped to see how you would take each of the steps for ethical decision-making in different situations. The material was presented very well and the instructor was very knowledgeable.”
–Tracey Kinnunen, MT-BC | Cape Coral, FL
“Having completed another online course from this provider, I felt confident that the course would be useful, meaningful, and that I would indeed be able to complete it at home! So I really had no hesitations here. I found all the information to be useful and informative, and the format was very organized and easy to stay on track. I thought the presenter gave the information in such a way that I could easily absorb it and understand it.”
–Erin Bullard, MT-BC | Cincinnati, OH
“I have a much better understanding of how to think through ethical situations that I may confront in the future and some tools I can use to help me prevent myself from getting into some sticky situations in the first place! I would recommend this course because it was fantastic and covered so many different facets of how to present yourself on the internet and in social media and the many elements to consider in how you reflect yourself and the profession.”
–Carolyn Stoller, MTBC | Mediapolis, IA
“Music Therapy Ed is such an incredible, cost efficient, informative resource and site for CMTEs. It’s seriously making my recertification a breeze!”
–Erin Patterson, MT-BC | Hanover, VA