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© 2015
Cathy Knoll, MA, MT-BC

FREE self-study e-course
Optional 5 CMTE credits $30.00

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At first glance, the topic of ethics is very simple. The code of ethics for music therapists could consist of two sentences. “Do what is right, legal, moral, and fair. Do not do what is illegal, immoral, and unfair.” In reality, the code of ethics for music therapy professionals is based on those two simple principles, but the actual document is much more complex, providing detailed guidelines for every aspect of professional life. The focus of our professional code of ethics is not to restrict or police music therapists, but rather to give us an ethical framework so we can focus on providing top-quality services to our clients, to our students, to our research, and to our profession as a whole.

Intro to Music Therapy Ethics, developed by seasoned music therapists, guides music therapy students, interns, and professionals through an in-depth review of the AMTA Code of Ethics and fulfills the requirement by CBMT for CMTE credits in ethics in each 5-year recertification cycle. Page 13 of the 2015 edition of the CBMT Recertification Manual states: “To meet recertification requirements, certificants must obtain at least three (3) credits in ethics.” This e-course covers these aspects of music therapy ethics:

Preamble of the Code of Ethics
1.0 Professional Competence and Responsibilities
2.0 General Standards
3.0 Relationships with Clients/Students/Research Subjects
4.0 Relationships with Colleagues
5.0 Relationship with Employers
6.0 Responsibility to Community/Public
7.0 Responsibility to the Profession/Association
8.0 Research
9.0 Fees, Business, and Commercial Activities
10.0 Announcing Services
11.0 Education – Teaching, Supervision, Administration
12.0 Online Presence
13.0 Implementation
Applying the AMTA Code of Ethics to daily professional life

Earning optional CMTE credits. Music therapists can earn 5 approved CMTE credits for just $6 per credit hour by reviewing the workbook materials, answering the questions for each chapter, and completing the CMTE application packet. You may take the e-course now and apply for credits now or anytime in the future. Whether you take the e-course for CMTE credit or not, your colleagues at commend you for taking steps to boost your professional development. Complete information about earning CMTE credits is in the back of the e-course workbook and here:  CMTE Information page.

Learning Objectives for the Intro to Music Therapy Ethics  e-course:

Learning Objective #1: Learner will become familiar with the details of the AMTA Code of Ethics. (CBMT 2015 Board Certification Domains: IV. B. Professional Responsibilities.)

Learning Objective #2: Learner will apply the principles of the AMTA Code of Ethics to every aspect of their music therapy career. (2015 CBMT Board Certification Domains:  I. Referral, Assessment and Treatment Planning, II. Treatment Implementation and Termination, III. Ongoing Documentation and Evaluation of Treatment, IV. Professional Development and Professional Responsibilities.)

Learning Objective #3: Learner will complete the CMTE ethics requirements as specified by CBMT for each recertification cycle for Board Certified Music Therapists.

Statement of relationship to CBMT: The Intro to Music Therapy Ethics e-course is approved by the Certification Board of Music Therapists (CBMT) for 5 CMTE credits. – CBMT Approved Provider #S-001 – maintains responsibility for program quality and adherence to CBMT policies and criteria.

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