Archive for NER Business

Welcome!

Please welcome our newest Expanded NER Board Leadership appointments:

Joy Allen- Research Committee Representative

Amanda Goff- Muse Newsletter Editor

Caitlin Hyatt- Interprofessional Collaboration Committee Representative

Kate Lamoureux- NER Historian

Wendy Krueger- Standards of Clinical Practice Committee Representative

Sarah Gagnon- Workforce Development and Retention Committee Representative

There are several openings still available please email president@musictherapynewengland.org to inquire about:

– Membership Support Committee member (national conference not required)

-Membership Committee Representative

-Continuing Education Representative

-Diversity and Inclusion Committee Representative

-Clinical Networking Committee Representative

* Please note these Committee Representative are required to attend national conference.

Judy Engel, MM, MT-BC

NER-AMTA, President

NER-AMTA Bylaws Change

Hello NER-AMTA Members,

Every year, members from the NER-AMTA Board participate in an internal audit of NER’s financial records. This involves verifying each transaction from the corresponding fiscal year and ensuring that the correct record keeping procedures have been followed.

The NER-AMTA board would like to propose one small change to the Article VII. Section 1 of our Bylaws. This section outlines who is eligible to participate in the annual internal audit, and the change broadens this.

The existing (old) language for Article VII. Section 1 reads as follows:

The Auditing Committee shall consist of the Treasurer and at least two Executive Board members, or the Treasurer and an accountant, who shall audit the Treasurer’s books at the end of the fiscal year, July 1 to June 30, and shall report findings to the Executive Board and the region.

The proposed change (new) language for Article VII. Section 1 reads as follows:

The Auditing Committee shall consist of: (a) the Treasurer and at least two professional AMTA members (one Executive Board member and one member at-large, or two Executive Board members); or (b) the Treasurer and an accountant. The Auditing Committee shall audit the Treasurer’s books at the end of the fiscal year, July 1 to June 30, and shall report findings to the Executive Board and the region.

In summary, this change allows members at-large to participate in the annual internal audit, increasing member access to this process, and further providing transparency.

This is the only change being proposed at this time.

The NER-AMTA members will vote on this proposed change on Friday, April 20, 2018 during the Business Luncheon at the NER-AMTA annual conference at Water’s Edge in Westbrook, CT. If accepted, the change will become effective on April 21, 2018. Please read this proposed change before the Business Luncheon and send any comments/feedback to presidentelect@musictherapynewengland.org before the Business Luncheon.

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

 

Current NER AMTA Bylaws

Reimbursement Form

Reimbursement for NER-AMTA expenses:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf9nmaNqUuBlIvv-ZDMhyMgvc0QySP7yEU93iNlHuWQ0WEMwQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

Scholarship Review Committee

Hello NER-AMTA Members,
Rebecca Preddie, AMTA Scholarship & Grants Coordinator is looking for some willing Scholarship Reviewers (5-6 volunteers) that will be part of the AMTA Scholarship Review Committee.  This is a great opportunity for NER-AMTA members who do not have the ability to be involved in large, year round projects, but DO have the ability to work from home for short periods of time.  
By agreeing to be a Scholarship Reviewer, you must be a current AMTA member. You will review for at least three AMTA scholarships offered within the calendar year (January 2018 – December 2018), will be provided with blinded applications and rubric sheets (in the majority of cases), and will typically have 7-10 days to review 2-10 brief applications and return results.  If you are interested, please send your name and email address to president@musictherapynewengland.org  before 4/17/18.  
Please note: this is FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED, you will be notified if your name is submitted to AMTA.

MLE

 

Hello NER-AMTA,

We are anticipating an exciting conference with the various concurrent sessions, annual Cabaret, and a plethora of CMTEs. This year’s focus is Uniting in Diversity: Bringing Together the Individuals of the Music Therapy Community. We are back at beautiful Water’s Edge in Westbrook, CT and hope to see you there!

Master’s Level Entry (MLE) TOWN HALL

On Friday April 20, 2018, the NER Assembly Delegates and members of the former MLE committee will be hosting an unopposed Town Hall from 5:00-6:15pm. Please plan to attend. As a member of the NER-AMTA, the central question will be what additional considerations you would like the Board to consider before the Board makes a decision on the MLE Final Report?

 

The primary focus of the Town Hall is to provide NER music therapists the opportunity to engage with the Assembly delegates while the former MLE committee members encourage questions. Those questions will then be recorded (anonymously if desired) and submitted to AMTA Board of Directors for further consideration.

 

Please email all questions to assemblydelegates@musictherapynewengland.org. Questions will be read and recorded by members of the NER-AMTA Assembly of Delegates. There will also be an opportunity to submit questions on-site at conference.

 

Take this time to thoroughly read through the lengthy MLE considerations posted on the AMTA website. They are available here: https://www.musictherapy.org/careers/mle_considerations/

 

As you read the MLE considerations, please think about what additional considerations you would like the AMTA Board of Directors to reflect on before a decision is made on the MLE Final Report.

 

Hope to see you all soon!

Judy Engel, MM, MT-BC

President, NER-AMTA

NER-AMTA Call for positions

Calling all NER-AMTA Members,
We are looking to fill several non-voting positions and we need you! Please share your passion for music therapy and willingness to
serve. The NER-AMTA Extended Board is interested in finding the ideal candidates for these regional positions. Please send your
Statement of Interest describing your qualifications and interest in being considered for these positions to Judy Nguyen Engel, NER-
AMTA President, president@musictherapynewengland.org. All Submissions due by 4/10/18.
NER Historian
**This is a brand NEW position**
-Passion for capturing and preserving history of
music therapy the New England region
-See NER Bylaws, Article V Section 4 for additional
information
Muse Newsletter Editor
-Professional AMTA member
-Excellent written communication skills
-Computer literacy, specifically with MailChimp
-See NER Bylaws, Article V Section 3 for additional
information
REGIONAL TASK FORCE POSITIONS
NER Diversity and Inclusion Task Force (3 positions)
GOAL: to promote inclusion and diversity within the
NE region
-2 year service commitment
-Reports to Diversity and Multiculturalism
committee representative, who will act as the Board
liaison
-Has a strong interest in creating and identifying
ways for inclusion
NER Internal and External Funding Task Force (3
positions)
GOAL: to explore internal and external funding for
development and research of music therapy in the
New England region
-Will report guidance and tasks for implementation
-1 year service commitment
-Research expertise
-Interest and willingness for research and grant
writing
-Reports to Research committee representative and
Financial Chair, who will act as the Board liaisons
AMTA STANDING COMMITTEE POSITIONS
Standards of Clinical Practice Committee
Representative
-Professional AMTA membership required.
-Two years of clinical experience desirable.
-Familiarity with the AMTA Standards of Clinical
Practice required.
-See AMTA’s Handbook for Councils and Standing
Committees for full positions details.
-AMTA regional/national conference required
Research Committee Representative
-Professional AMTA membership required.
-Experience with and knowledge of research
methodology required.
-Graduate degree desirable
-Publication(s) desirable
-Previous committee experience desirable
-See AMTA’s Handbook for Councils and Standing
Committees for full positions details
-AMTA regional/national conference required
*COMMITMENT
All committee representatives are required to: maintain professional AMTA membership, attend regional and
national conferences which include board meetings, and conference calls, and lastly work well as part of a team.
Please note: The requirements listed after each standing committee position were taken from the AMTA Handbook for Councils
and Standing Committees.
The NER Extended Board Appointment Process
1) Candidates submit their statement of interest to the NER-AMTA President.
2) The President will review the pool of candidates for each position and select the person that is best suited for
the position.
3) The President will then present the name of the nominee to the NER-AMTA Executive Board, along with their
statement of interest.
4) The NER-AMTA Executive Board will then vote to affirm the President’s choice for the appointment. If affirmed,
the nominee selected is confirmed to the committee/position. If the candidate is not affirmed, the President will
again review the pool of candidates and/or continue a search for the person best suited for the position and
resubmit a name to the NER-AMTA Board for their approval.

Membership meeting at #AMTA2017 Conference

Join us on Saturday 11/18/17 from 930-11am.

NER board Openings

Calling all NER-AMTA Members,

We are looking to fill several non-voting positions and we need you!  Please share your passion for music therapy and willingness to serve.  The NER-AMTA Extended Board is interested in finding the ideal candidates for these regional positions.  Please send your Statement of Interest describing your qualifications and interest in being considered for these positions to Judy Nguyen Engel, NER-AMTA President, president@musictherapynewengland.org. All Submissions due by 10/31/17.

NER Historian

**This is a brand NEW position**

-Passion for capturing and preserving history of music therapy the New England region

-See NER Bylaws, Article V Section 4 for additional information

Muse Newsletter Editor  

-Professional AMTA member

-Excellent written communication skills

-Computer literacy, specifically with MailChimp

-See NER Bylaws, Article V Section 3 for additional information

REGIONAL TASK FORCE POSITIONS                

NER Diversity and Inclusion Task Force (3 positions) GOAL: to promote inclusion and diversity within the NE region

·       2 year service commitment

·       Reports to Diversity and Multiculturalism committee representative, who will act as the Board liaison

·       Has a strong interest in creating and identifying ways for inclusion

NER Internal and External Funding Task Force (3 positions) GOAL: to explore internal and external funding for development and research of music therapy in the New England region

·       Will report guidance and tasks for implementation

·       1 year service commitment

·       Research expertise

·       Interest and willingness for research and grant writing

·       Reports to Research committee representative and Financial Chair, who will act as the Board liaisons

*COMMITMENT

All committee representatives are required to: maintain professional AMTA membership, attend regional and national conferences which include board meetings, and conference calls, and lastly work well as part of a team.

AMTA STANDING COMMITTEE POSITIONS

Standards of Clinical Practice Committee Representative (will begin tenure Spring 2018)

-Professional AMTA membership required.

-Two years of clinical experience desirable.

-Familiarity with the AMTA Standards of Clinical Practice required.

-See AMTA’s Handbook for Councils and Standing Committees for full positions details.

-AMTA regional/national conference required

Research Committee Representative

-Professional AMTA membership required.

-Experience with and knowledge of research methodology required.

-Graduate degree desirable

-Publication(s) desirable

-Previous committee experience desirable

-See AMTA’s Handbook for Councils and Standing Committees for full positions details

-AMTA regional/national conference required

Please note: The requirements listed after each standing committee position were taken from the AMTA Handbook for Councils and Standing Committees.

The NER Extended Board Appointment Process

1) Candidates submit their statement of interest to the NER-AMTA President.

2)  The President will review the pool of candidates for each position and select the person that is best suited for the position.

3) The President will then present the name of the nominee to the NER-AMTA Executive Board, along with their statement of interest.

4) The NER-AMTA Executive Board will then vote to affirm the President’s choice for the appointment.  If affirmed, the nominee selected is confirmed to the committee/position.  If the candidate is not affirmed, the President will again review the pool of candidates and/or continue a search for the person best suited for the position and resubmit a name to the NER-AMTA Board for their approval.

AMTA Scholarship reviewers needed 

Hello NER-AMTA Members, Rebecca Preddie, AMTA Scholarship & Grants Coordinator is looking for some willing Scholarship Reviewers (5-6 volunteers) that will be part of the AMTA Scholarship Review Committee. This is a great opportunity for NER-AMTA members who do not have the ability to be involved in large, year round projects, but DO have the ability to work from home for short periods of time.  

By agreeing to be a Scholarship Reviewer, you must be a current AMTA member. You will review for at least three AMTA scholarships offered within the calendar year (January 2017 – December 2017), will be provided with blinded applications and rubric sheets (in the majority of cases), and will typically have 7-10 days to review 2-10 brief applications and return results. If you are interested, please send your name and email address to judynengel@gmail.com before 5/13/17.  

Please note: this is FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED, you will be notified if your name is submitted to AMTA.  
Judy Engel, MM, MT-BC

NERAMTA Bylaws and Constitution Merge

Hello NER-AMTA Members,
The Bylaws Committee has been tasked with the BIG job of merging our two current documents the NER-AMTA Constitutions and NER-AMTA Bylaws which governs our regional organization.
The merging of both documents is to streamline these documents into one; to follow AMTA’s model of their Bylaws, to avoid duplicity, and to make updates.
Please review the newly merged document entitled NER-AMTA Bylaws to understand the rationale behind each change. However in summary, the changes include:
-General language used, to be more inclusive and forward-thinking
-Delineate elected officers versus appointed officers and to clarify their roles
-Update and include additional positions to the current leadership that are not listed in NER’s current documents
The NERAMTA members will vote on this newly merged document, to replace our current two documents on Friday March 31st during the Business Luncheon at the Spring Conference in Newport, RI, to go into effect on March 31, 2017.  Please review before then and send any constructive comments/feedback to judynengel@gmail.com for considerations by 3/29/17.