CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (CPD)
The Australian Music Therapy Association Inc. (AMTA™) is the professional organisation that registers 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.
A process of continuing education is a common expectation of allied health professionals in Australia. It is a “benchmark” now being applied by agencies such as government bodies and insurance companies to confirm the accountability of professionals and to ensure the maintenance of professional standards.
To maintain your RMT membership, 20 CPD points need to be accrued over a 12 month period.
Evidence needs to be provided from CPD Category 1 and at least two other Categories:
Category 1 – Mandatory Tutorials (e.g. CPD Online Tutorial etc)
Category 2 – Formal Learning
Category 3 – Informal Learning
Category 4 – Engagement with the profession
Rationale for CPD
The CPD program supports the Objectives of the Association as set out in the AMTA™ Inc Constitution. In summary, 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 (2020) 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 RMTs to constantly expand their knowledge, develop musical resources and put into practice a range of professional skills that may not have been covered during 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 undertaken by the National Board, National and State/Territory Committees and other groups ensure that AMTA’s Rules and Constitution are upheld and the highest Standards of Professional Practice are maintained. The CPD Program recognises this work as vital to the profession offering CPD points for members who give their time and skill to support the Association.
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, other professional publications, or through self -initiated projects. Offering CPD points to RMTs involved in such initiatives encourages RMTs to expand their knowledge base and contribute to the development of music therapy research and literature 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. The CPD Program recognises the importance of this work and awards CPD points to RMTs involved in advancing community and industry 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
AMTA’s Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Committee is responsible for implementing the CPD Program and works alongside the Registration and Education Committees. The work of the CPD Committee overlaps with the Registration Committee with regards to the process for rescinding and /or reapplying for Registration status. The CPD Committee overlaps with the Education Committee with regards to ensuring CPD activities are aligned with AMTA’s Competency Standards in Music Therapy (revised 2020). For CPD enquiries, contact the Chair of the CPD Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org or download the CPD Handbook (2020 Handbook)
AMTA has created Competency Standards in Music Therapy that should be acquired by students on graduation from an AMTA accredited music therapy training course for entry to the profession. Accredited courses in music therapy must provide education and training in these competencies. The Competency Standards in Music Therapy underpin AMTA’s CPD Program and cover 5 units of competency (music skills, psychosocial knowledge, clinical knowledge, music therapy knowledge and music therapy skills).
Download the competency standards here
CPD Approved Webinars
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