Intro to Music Therapy Ethics


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Intro to Music Therapy Ethics
by Cathy Knoll, MA, MT-BC and
Dellinda Henry, MEd, MT-BC
25 page workbook
Optional CMTE credits

© 2014

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. This self-study course, developed by experienced music therapists, guides students, interns, and professionals through an in-depth review the AMTA Code of Ethics and provides scenarios for practical application of ethical principles. Music therapists have the option of earning five CMTE credits approved to fulfill CBMT ethics requirements. The CMTE fee is just $6 per credit hour, and there is no deadline for taking the self-study course or for submitting CMTE packet.


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 and Commercial Activities
10.0 Announcing Services
11.0 Education – Teaching, Supervision, Administration
12.0 Implementation
Scenarios for Practical Application of Ethical Principles

Learning Objectives for Intro to Music Therapy Ethics
1. Course participants will become familiar with the details of the AMTA Code of Ethics. (CBMT Scope of Practice 2010: IV. A. Professional Development and B. Professional Responsibilities).
2. Course participants will learn to apply the principles of the AMTA Code of Ethics to every aspect of their music therapy career (CBMT Scope of Practice 2010: I. Assessment and Treatment Planning, II. Treatment Implementation and Termination, III. Ongoing Documentation and Evaluation of Treatment, IV. Professional Development and Professional Responsibilities).
3. Course participants will complete the CMTE ethics requirements for each recertification cycle for Board Certified Music Therapists.

Statement of relationship to CBMT
Intro to Music Therapy Ethics is approved by the Certification Board of Music Therapists (CBMT) for 5 Continuing Music Therapy Education credits (CMTE). Credits awarded by CBMT are accepted by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC). Music Works Publications, S-001, maintains responsibility for program quality and adherence to CBMT policies and criteria. See the CMTE Information section of the course workbook for details.



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