To demonstrate that CMPs are continuing to grow and stay current with advances and new knowledge in the profession of therapeutic musician, MHTP has a rigorous but flexible requirement for Continuing Education Units (CEUs).
As of January 1, 2015, all CMPs are required to maintain 40 hours of approved CEUs every four years from their graduation year to be recognized publicly as a CMP on the MHTP website and elsewhere. Generous special provisions apply to CMPs who graduated in 2010 or earlier, as detailed in the MHTP CEU Policy (PDF).
Options for Acquiring CEUs
CMPs can earn CEUs in several flexible and easily-accessible ways, including:
- Attending the MHTP Biennial Conference
- Studying MHTP Conference CDs
- Attending MHTP Enrichment Days/Workshops
- Reading approved books (PDF) and providing a book response (PDF)
- Taking therapeutic music-related music lessons (PDF)
- Retaking MHTP modules (which can be done for a reduced rate for CMPs)
- Attending approved non-MHTP-sponsored training/in-services
- Adding an instrument (PDF) to a CMP certification
Up to 20 CEUs per four-year period may be earned in individual activity, such as book reports and music lessons. The remaining 20 CEUs must be earned by attending group activities such as in-services, workshops, and appropriate conferences. Included in this “group” category are MHTP Biennial Conference CDs. No more than 20 CEUs are accepted for any one activity.
A CEU is earned based on “seat hours” as defined or assigned by the in-service, workshop, or Conference organization offering the activity, or is assigned by MHTP to an activity (e.g., book reports, music lessons, conference CDs, etc.). For example, a CMP can listen to CDs from a prior MHTP conference and earn CEUs after completing a short written quiz on each presentation.
Details and Forms for CEUs
Additional details and forms needed to receive CEUs are given in the following documents:
- Earned CEU Summary (PDF)
- Book Report Submission (PDF)
- CEU Verification From for Music Lessons (PDF)
- Request for Addition of New Instrument to Certification (PDF)
- Certificate of Completion of CEUs for Non-MHTP-Sponsored Workshops (PDF)
Submitting Completed CEUs
CEUs are submitted to MHTP as a unit once every four years when all 40 hours are completed, with a $50 filing fee and all completed forms for each type of CEU. Partial documentation will not be accepted or kept on file. Submitted CEUs must be summarized in the Earned CEU Summary (PDF) and have all supporting documents included.
Acknowledgement of CEU Completion
When MHTP receives the completed documentation and filing fee and approves the CEUs, MHTP will send a CEU Completion Certificate to the CMP for the requested four year period. The CMP’s CEU completion status will be added to or updated on the CMP Directory.