The Australian Music Therapy Association Inc. (AMTA™) is the professional organisation that registers individual music therapists who have completed an AMTA™ accredited course of study. In 2004, the membership of AMTA™ voted to implement a program of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) as a requirement for ongoing registration. The CPD Program was implemented in August 2004.
A process of continuing education is a common expectation of allied health professions in Australia. It is a “benchmark” now being applied by such agencies such as government bodies and insurance companies to confirm the accountability of professionals and to ensure the maintenance of professional standards.
AMTA™ also instigated the CPD Program to help focus, encourage and support the work of RMTs in committing to and maintaining their continuing education and professional development following graduation.
To maintain your membership, 40 CPD points need to be accrued in each 2 year period.
Evidence needs to be provided from CPD Category 1 and 2 other Categories:
Category 1 – Mandatory – CPD online tutorial
Category 2 – Formal Learning
Category 3 – Informal Learning
Category 4 – Engagement with the profession
Documentation required for appropriate evidence is as follows:
Rationale for CPD
The CPD program supports the Objectives of the Association as set out in the AMTA™ Inc Constitution. In brief it does so in the following ways:
a. Standards of Education and Training
All RMTs will have successfully completed an accredited music therapy course in Australia (or overseas). The Competency Standards in Music Therapy (2004) sets out the requirements of Australian training courses for students to reach entry level of competency for the profession. However, graduating is only the first step in a process of learning and continuing education. The demands of professional life require us to constantly expand our knowledge, develop musical resources and put into practice a range of professional skills that may not have been covered in initial training. CPD is a way of acknowledging and encouraging the ongoing development and education of RMTs to broaden their knowledge base and in their commitment to the profession.
b. Standards of Professional Practice
The Rules and Constitution along with the Code of Ethics and The Standards of Professional Practice, ensure that AMTA has a strong professional identity. The work of the National Council, national and state/territory committees and other groups covering a broad range of professional issues and administration is undertaken by members of the Association as a service to the profession. CPD recognises the vital importance of this work and encourages RMTs, where possible, to offer their time and skill to support the Association in this way.
c. Development of Research and Literature
A body of literature based on research and documentation of outstanding clinical work is vital to the growth of music therapy in Australia. This may be done through a research degree, published writing in texts and refereed journals or other professional publications such as Pulse, or through self -initiated projects. CPD encourages all RMTs to think about contributing to the knowledge base of music therapy in Australia and internationally.
d. Promotion of music therapy
Most RMTs at one time or another become involved in raising public awareness of music therapy, via presentations and writing educational/promotional material, etc. CPD recognises the importance of this work in promoting and advancing community and industry understanding and awareness of music therapy in Australia and internationally.
e. Professional support for the RMT
AMTA Inc. is committed to supporting, encouraging and assisting RMTs in every area of professional practice, including fulfilling the requirements of CPD.
Management of CPD
The Committee for Continuing Professional Development is the AMTA committee responsible for implementing the CPD program. The committee works alongside the Registration Committee and Education Committee. The work of CPD overlaps with the Registration Committee in terms of the possible rescinding of Registration and steps for re-applying for Registration. CPD overlaps with the Education Committee with reference to the Competency Standards in Music Therapy (revised 2004).
AMTA has created Competency Standards that all applicant RMTs must meet. They cover 5 units of competency (music skills, psychosocial knowledge, clinical knowledge,music therapy knowledge and music therapy skills).