CBMT Update on COVID-19

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.  

Resources

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.  Many third-party sites have remained open through this period of time and continue to offer testing administrations.   The PSI website identifies any sites which are closed 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 your eligibility end date falls within the dates of closure,  email Karen Howat at kh@cbmt.org for the eligibility end date to be extended. All reschedule rules and no show policies are relaxed through April 30, 2020.  Access the PSI notice here: PSI COVID-19 Update 

You may continue to apply for the exam through the CBMT website, request that transcipts be sent to kh@cbmt.org or the CBMT office, and complete all application procedures.  Directions will be provided for scheduling your appointment when your eligibility has been approved.

CBMT Office

Currently, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has 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 extended until June 4, 2020.  CBMT is mindful of the situation and staff are telecommuting from home. 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.

CDC – Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Information for Healthcare Professionals

WHO – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Pandemic

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.