I have a few anniversaries I celebrate each year – my husband’s and mine (5 years in July!), that of my parents and my in-laws, my siblings and their spouses, my dear friends … and my MT-BCiversary, of course!
(Don’t worry if that last one’s got you scratching your head, I’ll explain below!)
An MT-BCiversary is a word mashup that simply means the anniversary of my passing my certification exam to become a “Music Therapist – Board Certified” or MT-BC. I took and passed my exam on April 19th, 2010, which means I recently celebrated my 6th MT-BCiversary! (Time flies when you’re having fun, huh?)
The MT-BC credential is administered by the Certification Board for Music Therapists. In honor of my 6th MT-BCiversary, I thought I’d share a few reasons why I’m proud to hold that credential:
- In calling myself a “Board-certified music therapist”, I am letting people know that I have completed a high degree of education and clinical training in music therapy. I am also committing myself to maintaining my certification by completing continuing education every five years.
- Similarly, the MT-BC credential differentiates the work myself and other music therapists from that of others. Clients who select an MT-BC for therapy can rest easy knowing that their therapist has the knowledge and clinical experience to use music – an incredibly powerful treatment tool – with care and caution.
- When I call myself an MT-BC, I hold myself to the high standards of the American Music Therapy Association Standards of Clinical Practice and the CBMT Code of Professional Practice, and I align myself with other highly skilled music therapists who do the same.
- Lastly, in calling myself an MT-BC, I allow myself to be proud of the music therapist I have become in the last six years. I also hope and dream about the music therapist I will become in the future as I continue to learn and grow from my wonderful clients!
If you’re a music therapist out there, why are YOU proud of your MT-BC? When is your MT-BCiversary? Do share! And if you’re not a music therapist, I’d love to know if/why you think selecting a provider with the appropriate credentials is essential from your perspective. I’d love to hear from you!