Have you heard of the North Carolina Establish Music Therapy Practice Act? It's house bill #192 that was introduced on February 27, 2017 to the General Assembly of NC. This licensure could ensure that folks designating themselves as music therapists are licensed and qualified to professionally practice in the Tar Heel State. Having this bill pass could help to increase access and affordability for consumers. Becoming a licensed profession could help with accountability and professional representation.
Wondering how you can directly help with this initiative?
Depending on your location, pick one of these steps:
Trust me when I say that some of these options may be intimidating. I endured this process of the first optional jwith several students two years ago. At the time (February 2016) SC had a bill up for music therapy licensure - read more about our Palmetto State Hill Day Adventures on the blog post from last year. It is one less experience on my professional bucket list!
Tremenodus appreciation goes to folks serving our profession on state task forces and our national association. Plus, countless advocates that have witnessed the effectivensss of music therapy who help to explain the rational and connect the practicality.
Thanks for reading this latest post and helping to increase awareness of HB 192 in NC! If you have questions or comments, please share below or contact a member of the Music Therapy Association of North Carolina Task Force.
I am looking forward to providing an in-service on music therapy at a local meeting of the National Alliance on Mental Health. Music therapy has shown efficacy in mental health care with some goals of improved self awareness, increased self-expression, and developed coping skills. More information is available through this document from the American Music Therapy Association. Handouts from my presentation will be posted on this blog after the in-service. There will be a mixture of education about music therapy and mental health, plus music making together. Have a great week!
Because of inclement weather all NAMI Piedmont Tri-County Meetings are cancelled for Tuesday evening, February 11th. Rescheduled meeting will be April 8, 2014.
Piedmont Music Therapy
Providing music therapy services for early childhood to older adults and private music lessons