Yesterday, the Assembly voted on A783, the Music Therapist Licensing Act, and the bill passed (59-13-0)!
“Music therapy” is defined in the bill as the clinical and evidence based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship through an individualized music therapy treatment plan for the client that identifies the goals, objectives, and potential strategies of the music therapy services appropriate for the client using music therapy interventions, which may include music improvisation, receptive music listening, song writing, lyric discussion, music and imagery, music performance, learning through music, and movement to music.
This legislation will benefit not only creative therapists, but also organizations, health and wellness facilities, and New Jersey’s citizens. Licensure ensures a process through which organizations and facilities can locate and hire qualified, regulated practitioners to expand and diversify the programs offered to those in need of treatment, and it ensures that the creative therapy programs offered in these facilities are of the highest caliber. Licensure ensures the availability of safe and effective treatment through creative therapies for all of New Jersey’s citizens. Licensure ensures that qualified, exceptional professionals are not only receiving their education and training here but receiving the benefits that convince them to stay in the state to practice. Licensure offers viable career paths to many creative and artistic individuals, who are searching for employment opportunities to utilize their creativity and artistry.