NER-AMTA bylaws

Dear NER Music Therapists:

The purpose of this communication is to inform members of the New England Region of AMTA of two proposed changes to the NER-AMTA bylaws. http://www.musictherapynewengland.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Bylaws-NER-AMTA-Updated-4.21.2018-with-table-of-contents.pdf

We will be voting on these changes during the NER Business Meeting being held Saturday, June 6 (10-11:30 am) on Zoom. 

Please find and review the proposed NER-AMTA bylaws changes below:

 

Proposed Change #1:

Reason: To streamline and clarify the process of nominating candidates for elected office.

 

Current text:

 

ARTICLE VIII. NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS

 

Section 1. Elections for the elective regional officers and Primary and Alternate Delegates to the AMTA Assembly shall be held every odd year at the annual meeting.

 

Section 2. A slate of nominees for elective officers shall be presented by the Nominating Committee. Additional nominations may be accepted from the floor at least 24 hours before the vote is held.

 

Proposed new text:

 

ARTICLE VIII. NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS

 

Section 1. Elections for the elective regional officers and Primary and Alternate Delegates to the AMTA Assembly shall be held every odd year at the annual meeting.

 

Section 2. A slate of nominees for elective officers shall be presented by the Nominating Committee. Nominations from the membership shall be received by the nominating committee no later than 72 hours before the annual meeting.

 

Proposed change #2:

Reason: To match AMTA’s fiscal period, which is changing to the calendar year starting January 1, 2021.

 

Current text:

 

Article XIV. THE FISCAL YEAR

Section 1. The fiscal year shall be from July 1 to June 30.

 

Proposed new text: 

ARTICLE XIV. THE FISCAL YEAR

Section 1. The fiscal year will match the AMTA fiscal year.

 

Best,

 

Brian

 

Brian Jantz MA, MT-BC

President-Elect, NER-AMTA

Membership Support

Already a member of AMTA within the New England Region? Great! You are automatically a member of the New England Region of the American Music Therapy Association. Joining NER-AMTA has many benefits including opportunities for membership and conference support, networking, and becoming part of the community of music therapists and allies who supports you. NER-AMTA welcomes professional music therapists, allied health professionals, students, professors, and the community.

For more information regarding the AMTA membership and how it benefits you, click here or visit https://www.musictherapy.org/members/benefits/

Networking

Stay up to date with NER-AMTA by following our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages. Following our social media accounts will provide you with access to opportunities for scholarships, membership and conference support, and knowledge on regional and national initiatives.

Membership Support

The NER-AMTA strives to support music therapists in the region who want to become members, but may need some additional support. Through our Pay it Forward Campaign, professional music therapists may submit an application for financial support toward their AMTA membership. This is an effort to welcome as many professional members to the region as we can.

Click here for more information regarding the Pay it Forward Campaign.

Conference Support

The NER-AMTA aims to provide scholarships for professional music therapists who are planning to attend the annual NER conference to apply towards their conference fees. Interested in where this year’s NER conference is being held? Check the conference tab above!

New Professional Members

We encourage music therapy interns who have reached the midpoint in their internship to complete the Welcome to the Profession Intern Packet through AMTA. Please click here to learn more and apply.

If you are new to the region, please be sure to update your information in CBMT and AMTA databases to notify us of your move. Additionally, follow our social media pages to receive news updates for our region.

Contact Us

For more information regarding NER-AMTA membership, please reach out to… membership@musictherapynewengland.org

Virtual CMTE Series

Dear Members & Colleagues, In light of recent events with COVID-19, NER-AMTA will not be hosting an on-site regional conference this year. To assist in maintaining our community and connections, the NER Board has put together a three-course virtual CMTE series, including three of the presentations that would have presented at our conference. The courses, as well as NER’s annual business meeting, will take place over 6/6-6/7 and 6/13-6/14 via Zoom.
 For presenter bios and course descriptions please head to: 
http://www.musictherapynewengland.org/2020-cmte-series/
PRICES:AMTA Members: FreeNon-AMTA Members: $40 for all three coursesStudents: Free
 ** Payment can be made to treasurer@musictherapynewengland.orgvia PayPal.
PAYMENT ONLY REQUIRED BY NON-MEMBERS OF AMTA. 

SCHEDULE:June 6, 2020 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM : NER-AMTA BUSINESS MEETING June 7, 2020 1PM-3PM : Karen Young, MSW: BEING AN ALLY: CREATING UNIFYING AND INCLUSIVE SPACE. June 13, 2020 11AM – 2PM : Kathleen PhD, MT-BC: AN OVERVIEW OF SPEECH AND LANGUAGE, DEVELOPMENT, DISORDERS AND TREATMENT June 14, 2020 10AM – 3PM: Brian Jantz, MA, MT-BC: SUPERVISING THE NATIONAL ROSTER INTERN

We can’t wait to see you there! Channing Shippen MA, MT-BCVice President, NER-AMTAConference Chair Kathlynn Sell MT-BCVice President Elect, NER-AMTAConference Co-Chair
REGISTER HERE: https://forms.gle/Ro9QtYooNYzofrrE6

Community resources

#neramtacommunityresource We thank you all for your contribution and support during this unprecedented time. Below, find resources to support the wellbeing and coping of one another.

Mental Health Resources for Healthcare Professionals

https://www.massgeneral.org/psychiatry/guide-to-mental-health-resources/health-care-providers

The Mental Health Coalition

https://thementalhealthcoalition.org
If you have resources you would like to share with us, please email membership@musictherapynewengland.org

Music Therapy Association of Minnesota Online Conference

Music Therapy Association of Minnesota presents…You Can’t Pour From an Empty Cup: Sustainable Self-Care Strategies for the Real World
Presented by: Jennifer Hicks, MT-BC, E-RYT
Distance Learning via Zoom3-50 minute online workshops
May 16, 2020 9:00 am – 9:50 amJune 13, 2020 9:00 am – 9:50 amJuly 18, 2020 9:00 am – 9:50 amThese sessions will be recorded and available for further access until August 15.Number of CMTE Credits: 3

Description:  While researchers and clinicians alike agree that self-care is vital for music therapy professionals and students, making it a priority in our daily personal and professional lives is most certainly easier said than done, particularly during this challenging and uncertain time. This workshop will provide opportunities for participants to explore and integrate a variety of self-care strategies identified in the research, built around the following three areas:

  1. Physiological Self-Care Practices
  2. Music/Music Therapy Practices
  3. Personal and Professional Sources of Support

Finally, participants will be encouraged to be proactive about their self-care and will be invited to identify at least one self-care SMART goal in each area that they will incorporate into their daily lives, using the knowledge gained throughout this time together. Follow-up on this goal will be offered.

Songs Of Hope: Social Media Information

AMTA Business Meeting

May 2, 2020 

Hello, NER! 

It’s time for our annual NER annual business meeting. It will take place via Zoom on Saturday 6/6 from 10-11:30am. 

Stay tuned for details about the meeting code and password. 

Best, Adrienne 

Adrienne Flight MMT, MT-BC President, NER-AMTA 

November 2019 minutes

DRAFT November 23, 2019 General Membership Minutes

Seeking input from marginalized members:

Shira Lotzar of Purposeful Hire is going to host a Zoom call to gain input from marginalized members on the search process on Monday 4/6 at 9:00PM ET with the following Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/4080593600

Executive Director search

Membership-wide Zoom calls regarding new Executive Director search:

Shira Lotzar of Purposeful Hire is offering three membership-wide Zoom calls on the following days:

Monday 3/30 at 7:00pm ET

Wednesday 4/1 at 8:30am ET

Thursday 4/2 at 9:00pm ET

 

**Since her Zoom platform can only handle up to 100 participants, she created a Google doc sign-up sheet, with overflow sign-up instructions to alert her if she needs to create new Zoom calls. Please sign up to provide your input. 

If the above link to the sign up sheet does not work, please go to: https://docs.google.com/document/d/15n5lmt8EvzYq2GEacllMlpAbNp6MczRiOL9XirgKRXo/edit

#NERAMTAcommunityresources

 

Dear Colleagues,

 

#NERAMTAcommunityresources
 
As a community, the NER-AMTA aims to support one another during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please complete the NER-AMTA COVID-19 Impact Survey in efforts to provide insight on how professional, student, and intern music therapists are affected at this time. This survey is open to all, and is encouraged to be completed by both members and nonmembers. Please share and invite others to complete.
 
Complete the survey here: https://forms.gle/4dobTiDeQn2kiArV8
 
 
Thank you!
If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to
 membership@musictherapynewengland.org
 

Mark Fuller Jr, MT-BC
Membership Representative
markf@musictherapynewengland.org

Community resources

#neramtacommunityresource Please share this relief resource in efforts to support those seeking assistance as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Music Relief Resources

(credits to Nichelle J. Mungo and community)

1. The Boston Artist Relief Fund (formally the Opportunity Fund):

https://www.boston.gov/news/boston-establishes-artist-relief-fund-response-coronavirus

2. The Record Co, Music Maker Relief Fund:

https://www.therecordco.org/relief

3. Boston Singers Resource: https://www.bostonsingersresource.org/programs/bsrf/application

4. Musicians Foundation Resources: 

Apply

5. COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources: https://covid19freelanceartistresource.wordpress.com/

6. Mass Cultural Council COVID-19 Resources: 

COVID-19 Resources

Community Resources Updated 3/19/20

As a community, the NER-AMTA will continue to share resources to support each other during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please share these resources among one another. If you are in need of assistance, or affected by COVID-19, please reach out to membership@newenglandmusictherapy.org. We hope you are staying well during this time of storm.

If you have resources that you would like shared, please reach out to membership@musictherapynewengland.org

 

Music Therapy Community Mutual Aid Intake (for folks affected by COVID-19)

Google form for #musictherapy professionals and students affected by COVID-19 and those who may be in positions to help. Created by Natasha Thomas. Link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeSbzr4TuCeEf5B_grKkubeocLNWGeoZNu6PLWLQVD0LOFn2Q/viewform?fbclid=IwAR1xnbbRidCg_lump1MGLu1lFywI_01ZaY6otjVr-Qbva9z_b6lglNyOFKI

 

Virtual Supervision

“Connection is vital at such a difficult time.

Annette Whitehead-Pleaux is “offering remote supervision groups to any music therapists or students during this difficult time for what you are able to pay (or free). Once this is over and life (and bank accounts) return to some semblance of normal, my regular fees will return.” For more information, 

Email:  mtbcawp@gmail.com

 

Music Therapy Support Blog

Music Brings Harmony to the Staccato of the World.” Suzanne Hanser has started a blog for support around managing stress and anxiety: http://www.suzannehanser.com/music-strategies-for-wellbeing

2020 Conference Suspended

March 13, 2020

 

Dear NER Music Therapists:

The wellness and safety of community is our top priority. With that in mind and given the rapidly evolving situation with COVID-19, we have had to make the difficult decision to suspend the 2020 conference.

If you have registered for the 2020 NER conference, you will receive a full refund for your conference registration fees.

Each attendee is responsible for cancelling their own hotel reservation, and we urge you to contact the Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa as soon as possible in order to secure your refund with them.

Moving forward, we are exploring options to provide an alternative conference experience before the 2021 NER conference and will keep you updated as we learn more.

I hope that you are staying well during this stressful time. Please keep connecting virtually, making music, and taking care.

Best,

Adrienne

Adrienne Flight MMT, MT-BC

President, NER-AMTA

 

Holy Trinity Nursing & Rehabilitation Center

Music Therapist

Our Music Therapist is responsible for planning, organizing and conducting a comprehensive music therapy program.

Required qualifications:

 Appropriate licensure Music Therapist-Board Certified (MT-BC)
 Excellent oral and written communication skills
 Ability to use technology effectively
 Self-motivated learner
 Bachelor’s Degree
 Provide appropriate and effective learning experience

 

Job Type: Contract

 

Contact information:

Dana Spinney

Dspinney@htnr.net

508-852-1000

 

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