Best Benefit Ever: Disaster Training

The American Music Therapy Association offers a free online disaster-response course to members and nonmembers alike.

What is it? When disasters strike—like Hurricane Matthew recently did—it’s important to have the resources available to properly respond. Which is why the American Music Therapy Association’s new course, “Disaster Response for Music Therapists: Core Principles of Psychological First Aid,” should come in handy. The electronic course is available to members and nonmembers for free until the end of 2016.

Why it works: Beyond helping members get a few more Continuing Music Therapy Education credits, the offering has lessons on psychological first aid that extend beyond the AMTA’s member base. “It is for use by disaster responders including first responders, incident command systems, primary and emergency health care providers, school crisis response teams, faith-based organizations, disaster relief organizations, Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT), Medical Reserve Corps, and the Citizens Corps in diverse settings,” the e-course’s webpage states.

Other benefits: AMTA offers access to a job center, access to referral lists for consumers looking for music therapy assistance, support for copyright issues, a wide variety of publications, and an array of discounts. Additionally, current music therapy interns can request a welcome packet that gives them a significant discount on their AMTA membership.

Ernie Smith

By Ernie Smith

Ernie Smith is a senior editor for Associations Now, a former newspaper guy, and a man who is dangerous when armed with a good pun. MORE

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