#MTAdvocacy | Vision is Key

vision casting retreat

In December, our team loaded our luggage, our laptops, a handful of guitars, and a lot of food into 3 cars and headed up to a cabin in the North Georgia Mountains.

This was our very first company vision casting retreat, and MAN, did I have an agenda planned. I was so excited to get the team together (we are scattered throughout the Metro Atlanta area during the week). I had plans. I had an agenda. I had a lot of food to feed my team. I was ready to sink my teeth into creating the vision for our company!

Well, little did I know, my team had plans, too. Long story short, I sat in a room with 6 other music therapists and music therapy interns and was floored by the ideas they shared. The plans, the dreams, the vision. And not just for my company, but for the field of music therapy.

I think it is a positive occupational hazard, being a visionary. As a music therapist, I always feel driven to educate and advocate in all manners relating to our field. My team is of the same mindset, and most other music therapists that I know are just as excited to go tell the world about what we do.

So what does vision have to do with Music Therapy Advocacy?

Kimberly Sena Moore puts it this way:

As the profession of music therapy has been moving forward with recognition at the state level, it has been identified that a document was needed to reflect a similar format to other health care professional organizations Scopes of Practice. CBMT and AMTA worked together to create a Scope of Music Therapy Practice (2015) for the profession based on published documents from both organizations.  This new document entitled Scope of Music Therapy Practice (2015) is available as an educational tool and legislative support document that broadly defines the range of responsibilities of a fully qualified music therapy professional with requisite education, clinical training, and board certification.

Without vision, our field would not be gaining recognition at the state level. Without vision, our field would have no need for the Scope of Music Therapy Practice. And without vision, us music therapists would have no one with whom to work. What a devastating thought, because this world needs more music therapy, not less.

So let’s get moving, friends! Have you cast your vision yet?


Happy Advocacy Month