Winter 2009 issue
REPORT FROM THE ASSEMBLY CHAIR
Donna W. Polen, LCAT, MT-BC
As you know, the AMTA Assembly of Delegates (AD) conducts its business at our annual national conference. The AD met three times during the conference in St. Louis this past November. This report offers a brief update on some of the work accomplished.
- As you may recall, at the first meeting of this Assembly at their meeting in Louisville in 2007, we neglected to identify a 4th alternate delegate to the AMTA Board of Directors. This was remedied in St. Louis through an election which resulted in Cathy McKinney being elected as the 4th alternate delegate. Cathy joins Tina Haynes, Judith Pinkerton, and Lillieth Grand as the other 3 alternate delegates.
- Business from the Academic Program Approval Committee (APAC):
Issue of Minor in Music Therapy: The Assembly rescinded motions passed at the 2007 annual meeting to add language to AMTA Standards for Education and Clinical Training to not allow Minors in Music Therapy. NASM has now added comparable language to its “Advisory Statement on Undergraduate Minors in Music” in the NASM Handbook.
- Business from the Education and Training Advisory Board (ETAB):
A. The Assembly rescinded the Policies and Procedures for Specialized Training Courses, leaving the application and review process for Specialty Courses to the providers and CBMT;
B. The Assembly approved the proposed Standards for Master’s Degrees in Music Therapy, with minor wording changes;
C. The Assembly approved the proposed definition of Advanced Practice in the Advisory on Levels of Practice in Music Therapy document, with minor wording changes.
More detailed descriptions of these items will be posted soon on the Assembly of Delegates link in the Member Area of the AMTA website. We encourage you to get in the habit of checking this, and the pages of various committees, for the most up-to-date and accurate information on Association business and documents.
As a reminder, the 2009 conference is planned for November 18-22, 2009, at the Town and Country Resort and Convention Center in San Diego, CA! Don’t forget – mark your calendars now!