Guest Posts

[Guest Post] The Importance of Testing Treatments for Mental Illness Before we Sell Them

March 13, 2014
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I read an interesting exchange on a Facebook feed recently between this author, clinical psychologist and researcher Dr. Michael Anestis, and some of my music therapy friends and colleagues about the perceived state of music therapy research. The exchange, though unresolved, was enticing enough that I reached out to Michael and invited him to share [...]

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[Guest Post] Emerging Research: Music Therapy and Disorders of Consciousness

February 17, 2014
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I first met Julian O’Kelly at the Society for Music Perception and Cognition conference in Toronto last August. Julian is a man of many talents—music therapist, clinician, researcher, PhD student, speaker, and professional pianist. It was through circustance that we ended up co-presenting with our respective PhD mentors at the SMPC conference, but it turned [...]

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[#MTAdvocacy Press Release] Setting the Record Straight: What Music Therapy Is and Is Not

January 30, 2014
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Last fall, I received an email Jennifer Peters, a Communications Intern for the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA). Jennifer was working on a press release about music therapy and asked if I’d be willing to help distribute the release. She sent it to me this week and well…it fits quite nicely with this month’s Social [...]

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[Guest Post] We Are…MUSIC THERAPISTS!

January 16, 2014
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When I started my career as a music therapist in 1983, it was not uncommon for me to describe my profession by comparing it to other professions which were more well-known. If people gave me a puzzled look after I proudly stated, “I use music to change behaviors,” I would add, “Music therapy is like [...]

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[Guest Post] Welcome to 2014: Declaring Our Independence

January 9, 2014
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January is Social Media Advocacy Month for the music therapy community. This year’s theme is “We are…” so join us as we celebrate our identity as a distinct and unique profession! This week I invite you to read what my fellow CBMT colleague and friend Dr. Dena Register has to say about declaring our independence [...]

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Employees vs. Independent Contractors: Knowing the Difference

September 27, 2012
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I am super-excited to share another fabulous article by music therapy biz whiz Jamie George. Happy reading…
Congratulations! You just landed a job as a music therapist! Your dreams are coming true!  But your new employer just called you a “sub-contractor”. What does that mean? Are you an employee? What are your responsibilities to the company? [...]

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Guest Post: #AAD12 and My Advocacy Addiction, By a Blogging Virgin

May 9, 2012
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Last month, I had the great pleasure to attend the 25th annual Arts Advocacy Day. And I wasn’t alone. In addition to friends and colleagues from the American Music Therapy Association, Jamie George, an Atlanta-based music therapist, flew up from Georgia to participate. I invited Jamie to share her thoughts on the experience…and I think [...]

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Guest Post: Focusing on our Field, our Profession, and our Clients

April 26, 2012
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I am excited and pleased to introduce you to Meredith Pizzi, a Boston-based music therapist and business owner. As you may remember from my post a couple weeks ago, our profession is considering a move to becoming a Masters-level entry field. I had heard through the grapevine that Meredith had some insightful thoughts on this [...]

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Guest Post: Essential iPad Apps for Music Therapists

March 22, 2012
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Remember me? What can I say…it’s been a crazy March! I have missed blogging and hope to get back in the swing of my once weekly postings…starting now
To start things off, I would like to introduce you to student music therapist Jesse Kurn. Jesse responded to a question on the music therapy listserv [...]

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