My response to a recent dig at Music Therapy Advocacy
Deregulating service industries places the responsibility on the consumer, many of whom don't have resources (time, networks) in order to do their own research about a field. Deregulation also brings down the respect for that field because even if 70% Of music therapists are doing great work, if someone chooses an unvetted silly person- that's what they'll remember and tell others about the work.
AND it's devaluing education. Why bother to get a degree in anything if you can just watch YouTube videos and hang a shingle on your new (insert procedure) Clinic? There's something to be said about conservatism and personal responsibility- and then there's the realities of education levels in this country and there is good reason to protect the public. While I do think that it's a bit of a reach to say there is a danger presented to the public by non MTBCs providing music (for entertainment or education), there is danger in an uneducated guitar-holder providing music therapy. To the client, and to the person providing a service in a space they can't properly hold.