Cultural Ethics: 51 Shades of Grey
with Robin Rio, MA, MT-BC
Number of CMTEs: 3
Length of Access: 2 months
When developing cultural sensitivity, it is helpful to have a guide to focus thoughts and increase awareness. This course helps the music therapist become more aware of ethical issues related to gender, race, ethnicity, class and socioeconomic status, as they relate to work and relationships in our increasingly diverse profession.
In addition to an overview of relevant literature on the topic, interviews with students and professionals provide thought-provoking examples of real-life circumstances related to cultural ethics in both personal and professional interactions. Tools for examining areas of potential bias and effective measures for seeking support when facing ethical issues are provided.
“After taking this course, I am inspired to pursue some sort of Community Music Therapy program in my private practice. I also liked how many different categories of ethics were included, such as in business, with our clients, and in our work settings. I would recommend this course because in addition to providing an overview to ethical considerations and being culturally aware, it gives some great food for thought on how we should look at culture, diversity and ethical standards within our music therapy culture. It really gave me a chance to become more aware of myself and think about specific situations with my clients.”
–Meredith Bradley, MT-BC | Pearl River, LA
“I can easily differentiate ethics when it comes to the black and white, but gray areas are harder for me to distinguish. This course has definitely heightened my awareness of other cultures, how my own values affect my therapeutic relationship, and how those of my client have a role as well. I see the value of doing thorough research and incorporating elements of their cultural music to facilitate their comfort and create an optimal environment for their progress. I would recommend this course because I feel like I am much better equipped to work with those of other cultures and to limit and try to prevent any biases or prejudices on my part, even if they are subtle.”
–Carolyn Stoller, MT-BC | Mediapolis, IA
“Before taking the course, I wasn’t sure if I would actually WANT to follow through and do the work necessary to get the course done. Turns out, I found the content very interesting and got it done really quickly! I loved the interviews with people from diverse backgrounds and I think I will be much more aware of cultural differences in the future, how my own cultural identities play a role in my interactions with clients, and be more aware of even subtle discrimination out there in the world. I would definitely recommend this course because it fulfills the ethics requirement, it’s super simple to take from your home, the content is interesting, and the presentation style is engaging. I think I’m hooked on MusicTherapyEd courses!”
–Chance Selinger, MT-BC | San Jose, CA