CBMT is currently seeking MT-BCs who are interested in serving on a CBMT Board or committee starting in 2021. For more information and to apply, click here: Willingness to Serve Form
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The Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) wants you to know that during this unprecedented time we are concerned with your health and safety as we work together to battle the COVID-19 virus. Below are listings of resources and provisions being made for helping to assure candidates, certificants, and staff remain healthy during this difficult time. This information will be monitored and updated as needed.
The American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) has a page of dedicated information for all music therapists regarding current websites and policies to assist in gaining information and accessing available services during this time of need. Access their resources here: AMTA COVID-19 Updates and Resources.
Candidates and Examinations
We are in constant contact with our testing firm, PSI Services, to monitor the current state of testing centers around the world. PSI has opened their owned and operated testing centers as of May 1, 2020 as states and localities allow. As of June 22, 98% of PSI owned and operated sites are open in the US. Many third-party sites have remained open through this period of time and continue to offer testing administrations. The PSI website now identifies the sites which are open, the address and the capacity of that site, and the most recent policies for scheduling and rescheduling exams. Reschedule online at the Schedule My Test link from the PSI COVID-19 Update below, or if you have special testing accommodations, you must call PSI to reschedule. Please note that you should expect hold times to be long. If you are having difficulty connecting with PSI, email Karen Howat at email@example.com for assistance. Also, many sites are testing at 50% capacity so the opportunity for appointments is more limited during this time. If your eligibility end date falls within the dates of closure, email Karen Howat at firstname.lastname@example.org for the eligibility end date to be extended. All reschedule rules and no show policies are relaxed. Access the PSI notice here: PSI COVID-19 Update
You may continue to apply for the exam through the CBMT website, request that transcripts be sent to email@example.com or the CBMT office, and complete all application procedures. Directions will be provided for scheduling your appointment when your eligibility has been approved.
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf issued a statewide closure of all non-life-sustaining businesses as of March 19, 2020. The CBMT office is located in Chester County, and the Governor’s order for that location has been advanced to the yellow phase of reopening as of June 5, 2020. CBMT is mindful of the situation and staff continue to telecommute from home during this phase. There may be delays in response time, in receiving mailings and certificates, and in processing times for the near future. We thank you for your patience with this situation. Recertification and certification information is updated on the CBMT website as quickly as possible and employers can verify current certification status at the Find a Therapist search.
Current information on health care procedures and navigating through practice-related issues can be found at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). They provide published resources and guidance for navigating through the challenges being faced as a health care professional at this time. They can be found at CDC and WHO.
Our thoughts are with all those who are affected by the COVID-19. We are truly hoping for the wellness and safety of all. Please reach out to CBMT with questions or further concerns, and watch for further updates as this is an evolving fluid situation.
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As your partner and advocate in music therapy, CBMT promotes excellence by awarding board certification based on proven, up-to-date knowledge and competence in clinical practice. Our vision is to ensure access to safe, effective music therapy services for all. We’ve created a video to highlight the benefits and value of your board certification. Share this video on social media, with your clients, employers, legislators, fellow certificants and music therapy students to inform them about your board certification in music therapy!
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CBMT is excited to announce that the CBMT Board Certification Domains 2020 are now available. This new document was developed from the results of the 2019 Practice Analysis Study. The CBMT Board Certification Domains define the body of knowledge that represents competent practice in the profession of music therapy and identifies what a credentialed therapist may do in practice. Continuing education credits must relate to an area identified in the Board Certification Domains. This new document will be utilized as the source of reference for exam content, certification, and recertification requirements beginning on August 1, 2020.
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To ensure that music therapy is provided by individuals who meet established qualifications for education, clinical training and credentialing, each state must officially recognize the music therapy profession and the MT-BC credential required for competent practice. Official state recognition is the first step toward successful inclusion within health and education regulations, which allows for improved employment opportunities and increased access to reimbursement and state funding streams, such as private insurance, Medicaid waivers and special education.
Since 2005, the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) and CBMT have been collaborating on a State Recognition Operational Plan, a proactive effort to address the changing climate of the profession and the role of state regulation in the field. We provide guidance to state task force groups as they seek various forms of professional recognition in their states. Each state task force works in close cooperation with its own government agencies, the CBMT Regulatory Affairs staff and the AMTA Government Relations staff.
This national initiative is designed to support state task forces to advocate for music therapy services and obtain formal recognition for the profession and the MT-BC credential by:
- Facilitating local, regional and state advocacy efforts
- Submitting accurate language for legislation and state regulations
- Working with local music therapists to educate the state regulatory bodies, state government departments, state legislators and the public about music therapy
- Protecting the rights of board-certified music therapists to practice
Interested in helping?
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CBMT has two Self-Assessment Exams (SAE) to assist exam candidates in preparing for the CBMT Exam. Both SAEs contain questions that relate to the Board Certification Domains and can be used for continued review. The Self-Assessment Examinations are available for purchase using the following link: Purchase Self Assessment Examination. The regular cost of $75 per exam has been reduced to $49.95 through December of 2020. Revised SAEs will be released, one on August 1 and one on October 1, that will relate to the new 2020 Board Certification Domains which will be used for exam content and exam specifications beginning on August 1, 2020.
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The CBMT Board of Directors voted to accept a Use of Credential Trademark Policy. This policy outlines how and when a Board-Certified Music Therapist may use the “MT-BC” credential and “Music Therapist – Board Certified” designation while currently certified. Click here to read this policy: Use of Credential Trademark Policy