Music Therapy Ethics and Technology – CMTE


Download the PDF of the Music Therapy Ethics article to begin the course.

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Music Therapy Ethics and Technology examines issue around the use of social media, electronic data collection, and computer-mediated therapy. MT-BCs will learn ways to improve their e-professionalism, avoid potentially harming their professional relationships, and better protect their client’s privacy. This course is based on an AMTA Journal article. Students will download and study the article, then complete a 50-question multiple-choice test to complete the course.

Prerequisites: None.

Estimated Time to Complete: 2.5 to 3 hours

Access: Unlimited

Learning Objectives and CBMT Board Certification Domains (BCD):

  1. Identify at least 3 issues around social media and technology that could affect the quality and effectiveness of music therapy services.  (BCD II.A.1.f – Develop a therapeutic relationship by recognizing and managing aspects of one’s own feelings and behaviors that affect the therapeutic process.)
  2. Identify at least 3 ways one’s use of social media and technology may improve or damage one’s professional reputation. (BCD III.B.9 – Communicate with client and/or client’s family, caregivers, treatment team, and personal network as appropriate.)

  3. Identify at least 2 strategies for protecting client’s personal information, specifically in relation to social media and computer-related issues. (e.g., HIPAA, IDEA). (BCD IV.B.10 – Maintain client confidentiality as required by law)
  4. Identify at least 3 strategies that could increase the effectiveness of music therapy services with regard to participating in social media.  (BCD II.A.1.f – Develop a therapeutic relationship by recognizing and managing aspects of one’s own feelings and behaviors that affect the therapeutic process.)

CMTE units: 3

Evaluation and Documentation:

This 3-CMTE course helps MT-BCs meet the Ethics Requirement as set forth by the CBMT and AMTA.

The estimated time to complete it is between 2.5 and 3 hours. The course is divided into five parts, each with a series of multiple-choice questions. Students download an article, study it, and complete the test questions with a minimum of 75% correct answers.

Lessons may include streaming video, audio, and other types of digital files. In order to move to subsequent lessons, participants are required to pass quizzes with a score of 75% or higher. Quizzes feature an average of four questions (multiple choice, true-false, and other types) and take an average of four minutes to complete. Lessons may be reviewed after failing to pass a quiz and quizzes may be taken multiple times, until passed.

A record of progress (lessons and quizzes) is automatically maintained until the course is completed. Participants may leave a course and pick up where they left off at a later date. Certificates are issued upon completion of all course elements, including the course evaluation. Records of completed courses are sent to the CBMT on a monthly basis. Contact Erin Bullard at upon completion of this course to finalize your course materials.

For general information about site services, taking courses, passing quizzes, and receiving a certificate, see the FAQ page.

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Instructor: Kalani Das, MT-BC

Kalani_Das, MT-BCKalani Das is a professional percussionist, educator, and music therapist at the Tierra del Sol Foundation and the Centre for Neuroskills. He is a respected and experienced author and teacher who presents at regional and national music therapy conference. He is the author of, “The Way of Music – Creating Sound Connections in Music Therapy,” and a music therapy fieldwork supervisor for California State University Northridge. Kalani is co-creator of the Music Therapy Drumming curriculum and training programs,a long with Bill Matney, MA, MT-BC. More information is available on and

Music Therapy Ethics and Technology is approved by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) for three (3) Continuing Music Therapy Education credits. ExpertCEU’s, Provider #P-142, maintains responsibility for program quality and adherence to CBMT policies and criteria.