ADVOCACY

Music therapists in the beautiful state of Maine do not accept insurance.  We can try to process insurance but it's on a case-by-case basis, and the answer is generally a firm "no".  Why is this?  Because there is no state license in Maine for music therapists (or, for that matter, any creative arts therapists).  Some have worked around this by also getting an LCSW or an LCPC.  

The first step in this process is

STATE RECOGNITION OF MUSIC THERAPY

See the ATMA's guide for more information and to read about the progress other states have made:  http://www.musictherapy.org/policy/stateadvocacy/

Also read more on the CBMT page (www.cbmt.org) about board-certification.  A key reason to advocate for state recognition of music therapy and eventually require a license is to make sure you're getting the best client care possible!  Educating communities about music therapy and its benefits includes information on our scope of practice and history of this profession.  This will increase access to funding sources for services and thus increase access to services for clients.  

If you want to become involved, let us know!!  In the meantime, keep learning about music therapy and educating others.  Make sure if someone is working as a "music therapist", they really are a music therapist.  And if they are, make sure they're following the standards of clinical practice as set by the AMTA (http://www.musictherapy.org/about/requirements/).  

Note:  There are a lot of wonderful clinicians who use music and musicians who teach or perform in clinical settings.  We fully support these programs and would love to see more music programs in special populations!  Music therapy advocacy (in my view) is not about dismissing the work of others- just acknowledging the differences.

 

Here are some items we'd love to have for group sessions.  

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