CBMT Spotlight Webinar Series

The 2022 Spotlight Webinar series features CBMT topics of relevance for music therapy students, certificants, and educators. Learn from skillful representatives of CBMT about the credentialing industry standards, exam development and rigorous competency testing, and ongoing excellence through recertification. Discover the value CBMT brings to our profession of music therapy.

INFO FOR CMTE CREDIT: To earn credit, watch each webinar and then complete the evaluation form posted below each one. A certificate will be emailed to you upon submission of the evaluation.

CBMT Spotlight Series is approved by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) for 1 Continuing Music Therapy Education credit per webinar. CBMT maintains responsibility for program quality and adherence to CBMT policies and criteria.

Title: The CBMT Exam: Demystifying the Process

Presenters: Deanna Hanson-Abromeit, PhD, MT-BC and Kirsten Meyer, MA, MT-BC

Description: As members of CBMT’s Board of Directors and the exam committee, Dr. Deanna Hanson-Abromeit and Kirsten Meyer know first-hand about the complex procedures of the credentialing industry standards. In this webinar, they spotlight how the CBMT Board Certification Domains inform the exam content and lead to exam content changes  every 5 years. Learn about the process behind following the requirements by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies for exam development and administration.

Title: The CBMT Exam Process: What to Expect

Presenter: Karen Howat, B.S.

Description: With years of experience, CBMT’s Exam Coordinator Karen Howat has supported thousands of students on their journey to become board-certified music therapists. In this webinar, she highlights exam structure and the value of using the CBMT’s Self-Assessment Exam. Let her guide you through the CBMT exam application and scheduling process so that you are ready when it is your turn to take the board certification exam.

Title: Practice Analysis: Your Questions Answered

Presenters: Joy Schneck, MM, MT-BC and Petra Kern, PhD, MT-BC, MTA, DMtG

Description: Serving the profession for decades, Joy Schneck, CBMT’s Executive Director and Dr. Petra Kern, former member of the Board witnessed how music therapy practice evolved over time. In this webinar, they share how CBMT’s Practice Analysis Committee decides which competencies are critical for music therapists to practice and be tested in the board-certification exam. Find out how data from a systematic practice analysis study, repeated every five years, directly translates into the exam content.

Title: AMTA and CBMT: What are the Differences?

Presenters: Lori Gooding, PhD, MT-BC and Ellary Draper, PhD, MT-BC

Description: Current organization leaders Dr. Lori Gooding and Dr. Ellary Draper continue the longstanding collaboration between American Music Therapy Association and Certification Board for Music Therapists. In this webinar, they discuss the similarities and differences between the two organizations. Learn about their roles in supporting the profession of music therapy and how they work together in an era of disruption and change.

Title: Recertification: Expand Your Options

Presenter: Hindi Burkett, MT-BC

Description: “Acquiring 100 recertification credits does not have to be confusing or costly,” says CBMT’s Continuing Education Coordinator Hindi Burkett. In this webinar, she breaks down the current recertification requirements for you. Discover various economical options for obtaining credits and the value behind your digital badge.

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Maintain your commitment to excellence

Find the tools and support you need to recertify.

The journey to recertification starts here – and we are here to support you every step of the way.


Up-to-date continuing education

Never stop learning and growing.

Ensure your clinical practice always aligns with evidence-based guidelines with approved CMTE courses.


You have questions, we have answers

The more you know, the more successful you will be.

Find answers to many commonly asked questions about recertification from current MT-BC certificants.


Why maintaining certification matters

Signify your ongoing commitment to excellence.

The CBMT Recertification Program assists you in maintaining competence and enhancing knowledge.