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Music Therapist From Georgia, United States

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Melanie 26th Mar 2021 Music Therapist

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Thank you Shelley. As someone who went to college, interned, and took boards to earn the credentials of MT-BC, it is nice to see someone else agree that it is not in fact music therapy unless you have been specifically trained as a music therapist and earned the credentials. I also have higher education like someone else mentioned and sometimes at my employment I am required to do case management/social work type work on the job, but I would never call what I do social work because I did not earn that title. If one is using canned music due to having a music background, the group can be referred to as "creative therapy". Just like I cannot claim to be a psychologist or something outside of my field, it would be nice if music therapy received the same respect. We work hard to earn that degree. I even went for further training to earn the credentials NMT (Neurological Music Therapist). In my music therapy groups, I don't just play canned music. I use my training to meet non-musical therapeutic goals for treatment by incorporating music as a medium in that individual or group session. Not trying to be rude, just advocating for what I do.