Affiliation Categories

The Academy maintains four affiliate standings that define representation, responsibility, and the ability to effectively advance the practice of NMT.

AFFILIATION CATEGORIES

NMT:

1) The affiliation of NMT is available to those who

  • Hold the MT-BC credential or certification or credential from another country and
  • in the case of those practicing outside the U.S., hold an appropriate music therapy degree
  • Have successfully completed a current NMT Institute Training within the last 3 years and
  • Properly represent the practice of NMT by operating within their scope of understanding and
  • Seek support through the Academy as needed in order to protect the NMT treatment model.

2) The NMT is not a certification or credential, but a designation earned by the completion of the NMT Institute Training and maintained by following the standards for Academy affiliation.

3) The NMT is encouraged to use the letters NMT after his/her name and on all paperwork.

Short Ex:          Johanna Doe, MT-BC, NMT

Long Ex:          Johanna Doe, MT-BC, NMT

Music Therapist-Board Certified

Neurologic Music Therapist

4) The NMT may represent him/herself as an NMT for 3 years with the expectation of participating in a fellowship or retaking another form of institute training no later than within the 4th year.

5) Should the NMT not complete the additional training requirements, nor contact the Academy within six months after the year in which the affiliation is complete, the NMT will no longer be affiliated with the Academy and will be removed from the Academy Registry.

6) If the NMT is unable to complete the Fellowship training for some reason, the NMT should contact the Academy Director no later than two months after the third year.

  • Exceptions may be granted through written request detailing
  1. Reason for the request, and
  2. Plan for follow through inclusive of a specific timeline.
  • Exceptions are granted at the discretion of the NMT Board of Directors or personsdesignated by the Board.
    • Exceptions will be made in writing to the Academy Affiliate.
    • Exceptions will detail action to be taken and deadline for completion.
    • If deadline is not met, affiliate will be notified in writing that he/she has been removed from the Academy Registry.

7) The NMT practitioner is expected to practice within his/her scope of understanding and to seek support from other NMTs, and NMT Fellows if available, in order to develop a deeper understanding of the use of the specific NMT techniques within clinical practice, and to minimize erroneous representation of NMT.

8) The NMT is to ensure that he/she does not represent him/herself as a teacher/trainer of NMT, and is to direct all persons interested in receiving formalized NMT training to the NMT Academy.

9) The NMT is responsible for notifying the Academy when any of his/her contact information changes so that the registry can be updated in a timely manner in order to allow for

  • continued updates from the Academy (research, job listings, professional events)
  • the public to identify trained practitioners in his/her area.

10) Should affiliation status lapse, for whatever professional or personal reasons, but not after intentionally misrepresenting affiliate status for professional gains, the lapsed affiliate can rejoin the academy by participating in the fellowship without retaking the institute.

NMT Fellow:

1) The affiliation of NMT Fellow is available to those who

  • Hold the MT-BC credential or in the case of those practicing outside the U.S., hold an appropriate music therapy certification or credential from another country and
  • Have successfully completed a current NMT Fellowship Training within the last 5 years and
  • Properly represent the practice of NMT by operating within their scope of understanding and
  • Seek support through the Academy as needed in order to protect the NMT treatment model.

2) The NMT Fellow status is an advanced training designation and not a music therapy credential.

3) The NMT Fellow is encouraged to use the NMT Fellow status after his/her name and on all paperwork.

Short Ex:          Johanna Doe, MT-BC, NMT Fellow

Long Ex:          Johanna Doe, MT-BC, NMT Fellow

Music Therapist-Board Certified

Neurologic Music Therapist, Fellow

4) The NMT Fellow may represent him/herself as an NMT Fellow for 5 years with the expectation of participating in a fellowship or retaking another form of institute training no later than within the 6th year.

5) Should the NMT Fellow not complete the additional training requirements, nor contact the Academy within six months after the year in which the affiliation is complete, the NMT Fellow will no longer be affiliated with the Academy and will be removed from the Academy Registry.

6) If the NMT Fellow is unable to complete the Fellowship training for some reason, he/she should contact the Academy Director no later than two months after the fifth year.

  • Exceptions may be granted through written request detailing
  1. Reason for the request, and
  2. Plan for follow through inclusive of a specific timeline.
  • Exceptions are granted at the discretion of the NMT Board of Directors or persons

designated by the Board.

    • Exceptions will be made in writing to the Academy Affiliate.
    • Exceptions will detail action to be taken and deadline for completion.
    • If deadline is not met, affiliate will be notified in writing that he/she has been removed from the Academy Registry.

7) The NMT Fellow is expected to practice within his/her scope of understanding and to seek support from other NMT Fellows, if available, in order to develop a deeper understanding of the use of the specific NMT techniques within clinical practice, and to minimize erroneous representation of NMT.

8) The NMT Fellow is encouraged to provide workplace and community presentations to educate others on the effectiveness of NMT techniques.

9) The NMT Fellow is encouraged to provide public and professional presentations to music therapists and other professionals in order to further disseminate information regarding the evidence-based application of specific NMT techniques.

10) The NMT Fellow is to ensure that he/she does not represent him/herself as a teacher/trainer of NMT, and is to direct all persons interested in receiving formalized NMT training to the NMT Academy.

11) The NMT Fellow is responsible for notifying the Academy when any of his/her contact information changes so that the registry can be updated in a timely manner in order to allow for

  • continued updates from the Academy (research, job listings, professional events)
  • the public to identify trained practitioners in his/her area.

12) Should affiliation status lapse, for whatever professional or personal reasons, but not after intentionally misrepresenting affiliate status for professional gains, the lapsed affiliate can rejoin the academy by participating in the fellowship without retaking the institute.

Affiliated Professional:

1) The Affiliated Professional is available to those who

  • Hold a certification or credential in another profession dedicated to treating persons with neurologic impairments and
  • Have successfully completed an NMT Institute Training and
  • Properly represent the practice of NMT by operating within his/her own profession’s Scope of Practice while promulgating NMT as an evidence-based treatment model and
  • Seek support through the Academy as needed in order to protect the NMT treatment model.

2) The Affiliated Professional

  • cannot carry the professional designation of NMT
  • Is not a professional music therapist after training
  • Is encouraged to integrate the materials and principles of NMT into his/her practice.

3) The Affiliated Professional is expected to practice within his/her scope of understanding and to seek support from NMTs, and NMT Fellows if available, in order to develop a deeper understanding of NMT paradigm and its application within clinical practice, and to minimize erroneous representation of NMT.

4) The Affiliated Professional is to ensure that he/she does not represent him/herself as a teacher/trainer of NMT, and is to direct all persons interested in receiving formalized NMT training to the NMT Academy.

5) The Affiliated Professional is responsible for notifying the Academy when any of his/her contact information changes so that the registry can be updated in a timely manner in order to allow for

  • Continued updates from the Academy (research, job listings, professional events)
  • The public to identify trained practitioners in his/her area.

6) Should affiliation status lapse, for whatever professional or personal reasons, but not after intentionally misrepresenting affiliate status for professional gains, the lapsed affiliate can rejoin the academy by participating in the fellowship without retaking the institute.

Other Affiliations:

 

Short Course Participants:

  • Professional who only participated in short course training will be listed in a separate registry category and are not expected to be able to apply the principles and materials of the full scope of NMT techniques to their practice but only from select techniques most relevant to their professional training.

 

Student Affiliate:

  1. The Student Affiliate status is available to those who
  • Are currently enrolled in an academic music therapy or other academic
  • therapy/rehabilitation degree program,
  • Have successfully completed an NMT Institute Training and
  • Properly represent the practice of NMT and
  • Seek support through the Academy as needed in order to protect the NMT treatment model.

Additional Guidelines

  1. Music therapy students cannot carry the NMT designation or practice NMT until they have attained MT-BC status or the appropriate certification or credential in music therapy in another country.
  2. The three year duration for fellowship participation begins at date of professional credential receipt.
  3. Students from other professions cannot integrate principles and materials from NMT until they have been credentialed or certified within their respective professions.
  4. Students will be listed in the Academy Registry as Student Affiliates until the Academy is notified that the affiliate has achieved professional status.

University Affiliation: The Academy is committed to promoting the development and implementation of student training models to facilitate the education and understanding of the NMT treatment model at the university student level. The Academy will establish a consortium of universities that are actively incorporating student training of the NMT model within their regular music therapy curriculum.

Universities who seek Academy affiliation must

  • have at least one current Fellow on the faculty in a full-time position, and
  • have a substantial portion of their teaching methods dedicated to all NMT
  • techniques as evidenced by course syllabi and other curricular materials.