Happy (belated) MT-BCiversary to me!

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!)

Screenshot of tweet from Stephanie's Twitter account announcing MT-BCiversary

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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!

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