MT Career Success
Free Music Therapy E-course
© 2015 MusicWorksPublications.com

Cathy Knoll, MA, MT-BC

Optional: 5 CMTE credits
for each of four units
only $6.00 per CMTE credit

To order the free MT Career Success e-course, simply send an email request to <CathyKnoll@MusicWorksPublications.com>

The MT Career Success e-course is filled to the brim with practical, field-tested strategies for leading to a successful and satisfying career. Four units focus on critical professional issues and tips for surviving and thriving in all stages of a music therapy career, from new student to seasoned professional. This content-rich, practical self-study e-course from your professional colleagues at MusicWorksPublications.com includes a pdf workbook and audio discussion for each chapter, allowing you to download to your own device, 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 situation. Outlines for each of the four units of MT Career Success are as follows:

Unit 1: Exploring Career Options guides current and future music therapists as they sift through an extensive array of factors when considering their career options in the vast field of music therapy.
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Am I in the right field?
Chapter 3: What are my priorities and goals?
Chapter 4: What is my professional profile?
Chapter 5: Where can I best serve?
Chapter 6: What are my job options?
Chapter 7: What resources are available?

Unit 2: Securing Employment provides field-tested guidelines for developing a systematic marketing plan for securing a job in music therapy. The course also includes a detailed discussion of professional financial issues.
Chapter 1: Offer top-quality services
Chapter 2: Explore employment options
Chapter 3: Increase your visibility
Chapter 4: Take a bold step
Chapter 5: The money game
Chapter 6: Lots of good stuff

Unit 3: Maximizing Your Career walks music therapists through strategies that lead to successful and satisfying careers. The course explores issues such as job descriptions, professional standards and responsibilities, insurance, documentation, time management, quality services, ethics, conflict resolution, stress management, and others. The workbook includes guidelines for developing work-related forms such as referrals, assessments, progress notes, legal forms, and reports.
Chapter 1: Professional Responsibilities
Chapter 2: Professional Protection
Chapter 3: Documentation
Chapter 4: Time Issues
Chapter 5: The Main Thing
Chapter 6: Professionalism
Chapter 7: Lots of Good Stuff

Unit 4: Weathering A Storm is designed specifically to help current and future music therapists arm themselves with a customized, effective contingency plan for surviving and thriving the ups and downs of their career.
Chapter 1: Expecting the Unexpected
Chapter 2: Preparing Plan B
Chapter 3: Surviving a storm
Chapter 4: Thriving in a storm
Chapter 5: Exploring income options

Optional CMTE credits. Music therapists can earn five CMTE credits for each of the four units in the MT Career Success e-course for just $6 per credit hour by reviewing the workbook materials, listening to the audio segments, completing practical assignments for each unit, and then completing the CMTE application packet. You may take the e-course now and apply for credits for one or more of the units now or anytime in the future. Whether you take the e-course for CMTE credit or not, your colleagues at MusicWorksPublications.com commend you for taking steps to boost your professional development. Complete information about earning CMTE credits is in the back of your workbook and on the CMTE Information page.

Learning Objectives for UNIT 1: Exploring Career Options
– Learning Objective 1. Learner will assess and identify their professional strengths, weaknesses, priorities, and employment options. (2015 CBMT Board Certification Domains:  IV. A. Professional Development 1, 4, 5, 6, 7.)
– Learning Objective 2. Learner will assess and define their personal and professional goals and objectives. (2015 CBMT Board Certification Domains:  IV. A. Professional Development 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.)
– Learning Objective 3. Learner will assess and develop a better understanding of their personal and professional effectiveness. (2015 CBMT Board Certification Domains: IV. B. Professional Responsibilities 1-20.)
– Learning Objective 4. Learner will develop a plan of action to strengthen their areas of professional weakness and to maximize their professional potential. (2015 CBMT Board Certification Domains: IV. A. Professional Development 1-7, B. Professional Responsibilities 1-17.)

Learning Objectives for UNIT 2: Securing Employment
– Learning Objective 1. Learner will develop an education and training plan for maximizing their professional skills. (2015 CBMT Board Certification Domains: IV. A. Professional Development 1-9.)
– Learning Objective 2. Learner will develop a plan for locating and assessing potential employers. (2015 CBMT Board Certification Domains: IV. B. Professional Responsibilities 5, 8, 12, 14, 16, 20.)
– Learning Objective 3. Learner will develop an effective, multi-pronged marketing plan. (2015 CBMT Board Certification Domains: IV. B. Professional Responsibilities 5, 8, 12, 14, 16, 20.)
– Learning Objective 4. Learner will review sample proposals, resumes, and other materials necessary for securing employment, and will develop a plan for proposing music therapy services and applying for employment. (2015 CBMT Board Certification Domains: IV. B. Professional Responsibilities 5, 8, 12, 14, 16, 20.)
– Learning Objective 5. Learner will develop a process for evaluating professional financial issues (2015 CBMT Board Certification Domains: IV. B. Professional Responsibilities 15, 16, 17.)

Learning Objectives for UNIT 3, Maximizing Your Career
– Learning Objective 1: Learner will develop skill in analyzing their job description, workplace policies and procedures, and professional standards and responsibilities (2015 CBMT Board Certification Domains: IV. B. Professional Responsibilities 9, 10, 12, 13, 14.)
– Learning Objective 2: Learner will develop knowledge about insurance issues, documentation, legal issues, safety, and security. (2015 CBMT Board Certification Domains: II. B. Safety, and IV. B. Professional Responsibilities 9, 10, 12, 13, 14.)
– Learning Objective 3. Learner will develop a system for effective assessment. (2015 CBMT Board Certification Domains: I. B. Assessment 2, 5, and I. C. Interpret Assessment Information and Communicate Results 5.)
– Learning Objective 4. Learner will develop a plan for providing efficient, effective therapy services. (2015 CBMT Board Certification Domains: I. D. Treatment Planning 10, 14, 16, and II. A. Treatment Implementation 1, 2, and III. A. Documentation 1, 6, 7, and III. B. Evaluation 4, 8.)
– Learning Objective 5. Learner will develop a plan for managing schedules, developing efficient paperwork, and maintaining highest level of professionalism at work. (2015 CBMT Board Certification Domains: IV. A. Professional Development 1-7, IV. B. Professional Responsibilities 1-17.)

Learning Objectives for UNIT 4: Weathering a Storm
– Learning Objective 1. Participant will learn to recognize the scope of circumstances that can interrupt their career.
– Learning Objective 2. Learner will develop a contingency plan to build their career in spite of circumstances. (2015 CBMT Board Certification Domains: IV. A. Professional Development 1-7 and B. Professional Responsibilities 5, 6, 20.)
– Learning Objective 3. Participant will learn techniques for exploring new markets, developing income-producing projects, submitting counter proposals for job or budget restructuring in order to retain a music therapy position or contract.
– Learning Objective 4. Participant will learn strategies for increasing professional value and enhancing resume. (2015 CBMT Board Certification Domains: IV. A. Professional Development 1-7.)

Statement of relationship to CBMT: The Music Therapy Career Success e-course is approved by the Certification Board of Music Therapists (CBMT) for five Continuing Music Therapy Education (CMTE) credits for each of the four units. MusicWorksPublications.com – CBMT Approved Provider #S-001 – maintains responsibility for program quality and adherence to CBMT policies and criteria.

To order, simply send an email request for this free music therapy e-course, MT Career Success, to CathyKnoll@MusicWorksPublications.com

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