It was Julia Child who said: “You’ll never know everything about anything, especially something you love.” That’s how most of us in the music therapy field feel about what we do. That’s also why continuing education is required in almost every field where ongoing expertise is required to ensure professional excellence.
Every five years, as part of their recertification process, practicing music therapists across the country must complete 100 CMTEs to maintain certification. Continuing education in music therapy is essential for ensuring that methodologies in practice align with the latest evidence-based guidelines.
CMTE – or Continuing Music Therapy Education – credits are earned by board-certified music therapists to maintain certification. One way to earn CMTEs is through Approved Provider opportunities offered by individuals or organizations who are approved by CBMT to offer them. There are other options that can count toward recertification credits, including giving presentations and supervising interns, but CMTE opportunities are a widely-utilized method.
Approved Providers are an essential component of CBMT’s recertification process, and they are held to high standards. While not just anyone can be an Approved Provider, the actual process for becoming one is actually very simple – although navigating through the various steps on the website application can appear to be a complicated process if you are not familiar with it. That’s why CBMT recently created two step-by-step videos to clarify the process.
Understanding the Approved Provider Process
The first video – How to Apply to Become an Approved Provider – is designed to work in tandem with CBMT’s website and basically escort new potential Approved Providers through the various steps that will ensure a successful application.
While the video will walk applicants through each stage of the application process in a little over five minutes, there are four lengthier first steps recommended to make the process easier:
- Familiarize yourself with CBMT’s website, particularly the Approved Provider main page
- Read the Approved Provider Manual accessible on the CBMT website
- Download and fill out the required forms so they are ready to submit when you reach that point in the application process
- Familiarize yourself with the checklist provided for the Approved Provider application process
Applicants will need to set up a CBMT account to begin the application, and the video explains that as well. If you wish to create an account now, complete the form here.
The process for approval takes six to eight weeks from start to finish. If you still have questions about the Approved Provider process, most can be answered by our FAQs. To become an Approved Provider, watch our video below:
How to Submit Your Continuing Music Therapy Education Opportunity for Approval
Each new continuing ed opportunity must be approved by CBMT. The new video – How to Submit Additional Opportunities as an Approved Provider – can take you through the process in less than five minutes.
It’s as simple as logging into your CBMT Approved Provider account and submitting the course promotional materials in the “Additional Opportunity” section.
The video leads you through each section and offers helpful hints. One of the most helpful is how you can avoid delays by being sure to click “Submit for Staff Review.” Many Approved Providers have waited for a length of time with no response before finally calling CBMT to inquire on the progress of their new opportunity approval, only to find it was never submitted because they accidentally overlooked that final step in the online application process. The devil, as they say, is in the details.
For detailed guidance on how Approved Providers should submit continuing music therapy education opportunities for approval, watch this video: