assessmentsAssessments Toolbox: Starting Point for Effective Therapy
© 2015
Cathy Knoll, MA, MT-BC

Self-study e-course $15.00
Optional: 10 CMTE credits $60.00

Assessments Toolbox: Starting Point for Effective Therapy is a self-study e-course exploring the basic tenets of music therapy assessments, including the various purposes of assessments in different situations, assessment tools and instruments, assessment procedures, options for interpreting and reporting assessment information, and strategies for implementing the assessment information in therapy. This content-rich, practical self-study e-course from your colleagues at includes a pdf workbook and audio discussion for each chapter, allowing you to study on your own schedule, to broaden and extend your skills and expertise, and to apply the concepts and strategies to your own unique clinical setting.

  • Chapter 1: What’s Involved. Overview of the assessment process.
  • Chapter 2: Purpose of Assessments. Discussion of the different purposes of assessments.
  • Chapter 3: Assessment Tools. Discussion of utilizing standardized or customized assessment tools. Checklist of elements and options for a customized assessment instrument.
  • Chapter 4: Assessment Procedures. Overview of procedures utilized to conduct assessments.
  • Chapter 5: Interpreting Information. Overview of factors to consider when interpreting background information and assessment observations.
  • Chapter 6: Reporting Results. Overview of factors to consider when reporting assessment results and recommendations. Sample format and checklist of components for a written assessment report.
  • Chapter 7: Taking the Next Step. Discussion of strategies for effectively implementing the results of an assessment.

Learning Objectives for the Assessments Toolbox

Learning Objective 1. Learner will develop or improve their ability to select or develop an assessment instrument for a specific client and specific clinical setting. (2015 CBMT Board Certification Domains I.B.7, 8, 9, 10.)

Learning Objective 2. Learner will develop or sharpen their skills in administering a music therapy assessment. (2015 CBMT Board Certification Domains I.B. and I.C.)

Learning Objective 3: Learner will develop or sharpen their skills at interpreting the assessment information and communicating the results in a helpful, efficient manner. (2015 CBMT Board Certification Domain I.C.1-5.)

Learning Objective 4: Learner will develop or sharpen their skills at using assessment information effectively in treatment planning. (2015 CBMT Board Certification Domain I.D.)

Optional CMTE credits. Board Certified Music Therapists have the option of receiving 10 approved CMTE credits by submitting written assignments, CMTE evaluation, and the CMTE fee of $60 – only $6 per CMTE credit. You can take the course now to sharpen your skills in this area, and apply for CMTE credit now or at anytime in the future. See the CMTE Information page for complete details.

Statement of relationship to CBMT: The Assessments Toolbox e-course is approved by the Certification Board of Music Therapists (CBMT) for ten Continuing Music Therapy Education credits (CMTE). – CBMT Approved Provider #S-001 – maintains responsibility for program quality and adherence to CBMT policies and criteria.

Assessments Toolbox: Starting Point for Effective Therapy

ISBN 978-0-9815947-0-5
Original © 2007, Revised © 2010, Revised © 2012, Revised © 2015.