by Rebecca McClary, MA, MT-BC
The purpose of board certification in music therapy is to provide an objective national standard that can be used as a measure of professionalism by interested agencies, groups, and individuals. The CBMT administers a written objective examination, based on a nationwide music therapy practice analysis that is regularly reviewed and updated to reflect current clinical practice. CBMT is the only organization to certify music therapists to practice music therapy nationally. It has been fully accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) since 1986. Over 4,900 music therapists currently maintain the MT-BC credential, and participate in a program of recertification designed to measure or enhance competence in the profession of music therapy.
by Madeleine Innocent
Home prescribing is, naturally, limited to the less complicated ailments. But there’s a tremendous amount you can do at home.
Editor's note: Although the author states that if you take the wrong remedy nothing happens it is recommended that you seek advise from a professional homeopath if symptoms seem to worsen.
by Emily Malone
Sprouting is the process of soaking grains and beans so that they germinate, bringing them to the beginning stages of becoming a plant – crazy, right? While I would love to offer you my own well-worded take on sprouting, I find that it is best to leave it to the professionals...
by Susan de Wardt,
ATH Co-Editor of Writing and Poetry Therapy
Sherry Reiter began her career as a drama specialist for the New York City Department for Aging while pursuing her childhood dream to be an actress. When she started using creative writing exercises with her groups she watched as people’s eyes filled with tears and knew then there was something more happening than just recreation...
Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: Registered poetry therapist Sherry Reiter shares insight into the how and why of poetry therapy and the development of professional standards in the field.
Writing & Poetry Therapy
Editor's Note: Bill Reddy and Atara Noiade practice Chinese Medicine on opposite coasts (Alexandria, VA, and Seattle, WA, respectively) and wanted to find a way to bring more awareness about Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine nationally, so they teamed up to produce this professional quality 1min video.
by Miranda Castro FSHom, RSHom (NA), CCH
Many homeopaths, believing that the explanation of how homeopathy works is secondary to its success with literally millions of patients, have traditionally refused to reveal the names of the medicines they give. This and the lack of information they have provided about their practice has led to an aura of secrecy in which myths abound. It is worth looking at a few of these misapprehensions...
Editor´s Note: Miranda's article lays out some of the common misunderstandings about Homeopathy. Although it is usually promoted as a "safe, gentle and effective" mode of treatment, it must be recognized that Homeopathy is a complex treatment modality that requires considerable skill to administer and manage effectively, preferably by a professional homeopath.
by Mary Ellen Coulter MD, CCH
Anxiety, which seems to be increasingly prevalent, affects approximately 40 million Americans. Of these, 6 million have been diagnosed with panic disorder, anxiety that is more severe, frequent and difficult to control. The more common symptoms of palpitations, light-headedness or dizziness, nausea and a feeling of impending doom, are common and may not help with the selection of a specific homeopathic treatment...
Editor's Note: Mary Ellen presents the distinguishing features of 9 homeopathic remedies for acute episodes of anxiety or panic attacks. As always, if these symptoms recur and are hindering a person's wellbeing, he or she needs to consult a professional homeopath for constitutional treatment which can be highly effective.
Editor's Note from Michael Williams: "Personal storytelling has become very popular for professionals as a way to connect with their audience, fan base, and customers. Many of us know the story of how Steve Jobs dropped out of college and was ousted by his own company. Business leaders like to tell the tale of how they overcame obstacles to become the successes they are. But you don't have to be the head of a Fortune 500 corporation to do so. You don't have to have a rags-to-riches scenario or even have crossed the finish line yet. Everyone has a story, and inspiration can be found in the smallest things, in any industry, in every walk of life.
People in transition are probably the most likely group to benefit from the therapeutic effects of storytelling. Divorce and unemployment are just two of the major life changes that can trigger someone to look for answers, and -- as cliché as it sounds -- the truth can usually be found within." ~Johannah Warren, Founder of Saint Columba Press and StoryMafia.com
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