DARKE COUNTY – State of the Heart Hospice is celebrating Ohio Music Therapy Month! Music therapists all over the state of Ohio are celebrating this month to spread awareness about the field of music therapy.
According to the American Music Therapy Association, Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program.
Music therapists are required to complete 1200 hours of clinical training including completing a degree program, a supervised internship, and passing a board certification examination to earn the MT-BC credential. State of the Heart Hospice employs two Board Certified Music Therapists, Amy Pearson and Ashlee Carder.
Ohio boasts the 5th highest number of board certified music therapists in the United States. Music therapists in Ohio work with clients of all ages in a variety of settings including schools, therapy centers, hospitals, nursing homes, early intervention facilities, mental health facilities, group homes, hospice care, rehabilitation, private practice, and in client’s homes.
Ohio music therapists are currently seeking the creation of a music therapy license at the state level through House Bill 184. The creation of a music therapy license through state recognition of the music therapy profession will help ensure that consumers in our state have access to music therapy services provided by a qualified practitioner. It will serve to both protect the public and increase their ability to choose and access healthcare services that best meet their needs.