Music therapy is the specialized use of music by a credentialed professional who develops individualized treatment and supportive interventions for people of all ages and ability levels to address their social, communication, emotional, physical, cognitive, sensory and spiritual needs.
CBMT is the only organization to certify music therapists to practice music therapy nationally. Its MT-BC program has been fully accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) since 1986. There are currently 7,017 music therapists maintaining the MT-BC credential and participating in a program of recertification designed to measure or enhance competence in the profession of music therapy.
NEW! Use of Credential Trademark Policy
The CBMT Board of Directors recently voted to accept the new 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 new policy: Use of Credential Trademark Policy
Self-Assessment Examination – Form B is now available
CBMT has released a second Self-Assessment Exam (SAE) to assist exam candidates in preparing for the CBMT Exam. This second SAE contains new questions that relate to the Board Certification Domains and can be used in addition to the original Self-Assessment Examination for continued review. Self-Assessment Examination – Form B is now available for purchase using the following link: Purchase Self Assessment Examination.
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CBMT Board Certification Domains (2015)
Board Certification Domains (2015), the outcome of the 2014 Practice Analysis Study which measured and defined current music therapy practice, is now available. Exam content and recertification requirements will be based upon this new document, effective April 1, 2015. Access your copy here, Board Certification Domains.
AMTA and CBMT Scope of Music Therapy Practice (2015)
The Scope of Music Therapy Practice (2015) broadly defines the range of responsibilities of a fully qualified music therapy professional with requisite education, clinical training, and board certification. Created and approved by AMTA & CBMT, this document considers the contributions, interrelationships, and interdependencies of the CBMT Scope of Practice (2010) & Code of Professional Practice, as well as the AMTA Standards of Clinical Practice, Professional Competencies, & Code of Ethics. Access your copy here, Scope of Music Therapy Practice.
CBMT Code of Professional Practice
The CBMT Code of Professional Practice identifies professional standards for board certified music therapists and disciplinary procedures if needed. MT-BCs must adhere to the CBMT Code of Professional Practice. Access your copy here, CBMT Code of Professional Practice.