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E-Course: Music Therapy Assessment: A Data-Based Decision Making Approach
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Member Price$85.00
Non-Member Price$135.00
Merchandise Description

Cost: $125. Discounted price for AMTA members: $75

Data-Based Decision Making (DBDM) model is a transtheoretical framework for understanding music therapy clinical assessment, one that can be applied across the music  therapy treatment process: from referral through treatment termination. Highlights include: the importance of using various sources of clinical evidence when making treatment decisions, the application of DBDM to referral centered initial assessment, and the use of DBDM as a model in education and clinical training.  Note: This e-course was first offered at the 2021 AMTA National Conference as Add-on Course F.  It was recorded for later viewing and access.

Presenter(s): Eric G. Waldon, PhD, MT-BC

CMTE Credits

This e-course is pre-approved for 3 Continuing Music Therapy Education (CMTE) credits. 

LCAT Credits

This course is eligible for LCAT CE Contact Hours (the same number of CMTE credit hours specified above) for continuing education for Licensed Creative Arts Therapists (LCATs) in New York State. AMTA is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed creative arts therapists. #CAT-0055.

Learning Objectives

  • Learning Objective #1: Participants will identify at least two advantages of using a data-based decision making model with regard to music therapy clinical assessment. (CBMT Domains II.B.1,2,7,13.a-b; and II.C.1-5)
  • Learning Objective #2: Participants will identify how each assessment method (reviewing, interviewing, observing, and testing) can be applied during prescriptive, formative, and summative assessment. (CBMT Domains II.B.1,2,4.a-m,8-10; II.D.7,10,15; III.B.1; IV.A.1,5,6,8; and IV.B.1-7)


  • Part I: A Data-Based Decision Making Approach to Music Therapy Assessment (50 minutes contact; 10 minutes break)
    • 5 minutes Welcome and introductions
    • 25 minutes Defining a data-based decision making (DBDM) approach to music therapy clinical assessment OBJ#1
    • 15 minutes Applying assessment methods (reviewing, interviewing, observing, and testing) for prescriptive, formative, and summative assessment (breakout groups) OBJ. #2
    • 10 minutes Report out (from breakout groups) OBJ #2
    • 5 minutes Break
  • PART II: Applying DBDM to Referral and Initial Assessment (50 minutes contact; 10 minutes break)
    • 25 Minutes Description of referral-centered initial assessment OBJ#1 & OBJ#2
    • 25 Minutes Applying referral-centered initial assessment to brief clinical case vignettes (breakout groups) OBJ#2
    • 10 minutes Break
  • PART III: Closing the Loop on DBDM in Clinical Assessment (50 minutes contact; 10 minutes evaluation)
    • 20 Minutes Report out (from breakout groups) OBJ#2
    • 20 Minutes The role of DBDM and the future of music therapy clinical assessment OBJ#1
    • 10 Minutes Closing thoughts and questions
    • 10 Minutes Course evaluation

Once you purchase this item, you must download the e-course workbook with instructions and links for listening to or watching the course. Go to the AMTA website and log in on the left side using the QuickLink, “My Account>Login.”  After logging into your AMTA online account with your primary email and password, go to the top tab “My Transactions,” and the “My Downloadable Products” link, then click on the item to open it. Save to your local computer.  This purchase will remain available in your account for one year from the purchase date.

Note: The cost of each e-course purchase entitles one individual to participate in and complete the e-course for CMTE credit. If a course is being purchased for multiple individuals, it must be purchased separately for each participant. Please email the national office if you are purchasing a course for someone other than yourself so credit can be applied to that person's record.


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