6. Advocacy and Reimbursement: Judy Simpson, MT-BC (part 2)

In this episode, Judy and Tricia do a brief role play of a possible advocacy situation with a legislator. Judy shares her top tips for both advocacy and for reimbursement.

Judy Simpson, AMTA Director of Government Relations, represents the music therapy profession with legislators, agencies, and coalitions on the state and federal level. For the last 13 years, Judy has led AMTA’s national state recognition initiative in collaboration with Certification Board for Music Therapists’ Regulatory Affairs Advisor, Dena Register and Regulatory Affairs Associate, Kimberly Sena Moore. She has presented and participated in advocacy trainings and events in 26 states and has contributed to legislative and regulatory language in 40 states. In addition to her government relations work, Judy is also responsible for providing reimbursement guidance to AMTA members and music therapy consumers. She holds the professional designation of “Managed Healthcare Professional” from America’s Health Insurance Plans, (AHIP) and is the co-author of “Music Therapy Reimbursement: Best Practices and Procedures”. Prior to her work with AMTA, Judy’s 17 years of clinical experience as a board certified music therapist involved developing music therapy programs in hospital settings, including physical rehabilitation, oncology, labor and delivery, psychiatry, ICU, and general medicine.

Email: simpson@musictherapy.org

National Office phone: 301-589-3300

Judy’s ext. 105

Rebecca Preddie, BA: preddie@musictherapy.org

Rebecca’s ext. 108

Advocacy resources (toolkit)

Reimbursement resources

The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown

The Call to Courage with Brené Brown

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5. Music Therapy Advocacy: Judy Simpson, MT-BC (part 1)

In this episode, Judy and Tricia discuss Judy’s experiences as a clinician and as an AMTA administrator. Judy also shares about finding therapists for her own daughter and what she looked for in a therapist as a parent.

Judy Simpson, AMTA Director of Government Relations, represents the music therapy profession with legislators, agencies, and coalitions on the state and federal level. For the last 13 years, Judy has led AMTA’s national state recognition initiative in collaboration with Certification Board for Music Therapists’ Regulatory Affairs Advisor, Dena Register and Regulatory Affairs Associate, Kimberly Sena Moore. She has presented and participated in advocacy trainings and events in 26 states and has contributed to legislative and regulatory language in 40 states. In addition to her government relations work, Judy is also responsible for providing reimbursement guidance to AMTA members and music therapy consumers. She holds the professional designation of “Managed Healthcare Professional” from America’s Health Insurance Plans, (AHIP) and is the co-author of “Music Therapy Reimbursement: Best Practices and Procedures”. Prior to her work with AMTA, Judy’s 17 years of clinical experience as a board certified music therapist involved developing music therapy programs in hospital settings, including physical rehabilitation, oncology, labor and delivery, psychiatry, ICU, and general medicine.

Email: simpson@musictherapy.org

National Office phone: 301-589-3300

Judy’s ext. 105

Advocacy resources (toolkit)

Rebecca Preddie, BA: preddie@musictherapy.org

Rebecca’s ext. 108

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4. Functional Percussion: Demeko Freeman, MMT, MT-BC (part 2)

In this episode, Demeko and Tricia talk about the history of the percussion instruments we use clinically and the importance of being culturally informed to responsibly lead our sessions.

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Babatunde Olatunji

Drums of Passion

Tito Puente

Mamady Keïta

Bolokada Conde

Community Song and Rhythm: Demeko’s Website

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3. Facing Our Fears: Demeko Freeman, MMT, MT-BC (part 1)

In this episode, Demeko and Tricia talk about stepping outside of our comfort zones and how to challenge our own resistance in our personal lives. Demeko shares his personal stories and how he found his way to Music Therapy.

Demeko Freeman MMT, entered the field of music therapy with a backpack, a tent, and a Djembe. He was greeted with small chuckle when he questioned, “Why do I need anything else but a drum?” He has since gained a fuller understanding of music therapy, which has deepened his belief in the function of percussion and rhythm in therapeutic contexts. He is interested in the effects of ritual, traditional rhythms and instruments, and group music making on community well being, as well as aiding in the development of the fields functional percussion competencies. His top three percussion cultures of study are West African Manding Music, Afro-Cuban Percussion, and Brazilian Samba.

Resources Mentioned:

Babatunde Olatunji

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2. The Impossible Machine: Rachel Rambach, MM, MT-BC

In this episode, Rachel and Tricia discuss Rachel’s journey as a Music Therapist, how she has grown her online business, and how she continues to give back to the Music Therapy community.

Rachel Rambach, MM, MT-BC is a board-certified music therapist in Springfield, Illinois. She is the founder and co-owner of Music Therapy Connections, a private practice and teaching studio that helps people of all ages and abilities to learn and grow through music. Rachel is also the creator of Listen & Learn Music, a collection of songs, materials and resources for music therapists, educators and other professionals who work with children. She co-hosts the Creative Business Breakdown and Guitars & Granola Bars podcasts. Rachel has two children, Parker (5) and Mia Belle (3), who she considers to be her little muses. When she’s not creating or performing music, she enjoys biking and traveling with her husband, Zach.

Check out Rachel online!

Website: https://listenlearnmusic.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ListenLearnMusic/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/rachelrambach

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/RachelRambach

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1. Private Practice vs. Employment: Sarah Jane Mason, MT-BC

In this episode, Sarah Jane and Tricia discuss Sarah Jane’s journey starting and restarting her private practice in several states and why she now prefers working for a non-profit company. Sarah Jane shares her insights and advice for Music Therapists in either setting and how to choose what works best for you.

Sarah Jane is a mom, wife, lover of life, and always a southern island girl at heart. By day, she’s a music therapist and multi-instrumentalist, using interactive and improvisational music experiences to help kids with special needs grow and develop. By night she’s a genre-bending performer with a professional career filled with an eclectic mix of jazz, funk, soul, folk, broadway and classical. She lives by the ocean on Cape Cod, MA.

Check out Sarah Jane online!

Website: http://liferhythmmusic.com

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/sarahjanesings

Other resources mentioned:

Kat Fulton, MM, MT-BC: https://musictherapyed.com/courses/kat-fulton-experts-zen/

Christine Stevens, MSW, MA, MT-BC: https://ubdrumcircles.com

Judy Simpson, MT-BC: https://www.musictherapy.org/policy/grteam/

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