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 who graduated between 1996 and the end of 2014 are required to obtain 40 hours of approved CEUs every four years from their graduation year to be recognized publicly as Certified Music Practitioners by MHTP on the MHTP website and elsewhere. These CMPs will not lose their certification if they do not maintain CEUs. Students graduating after January 1, 2015 are required to obtain 40 hours of approved CEUs every four years from their graduation date to maintain their certification as a CMP and to be listed on the MHTP website. Otherwise their certification will expire.
MHTP Directors have developed a flexible CEU policy to support graduates in obtaining CEUs from many sources. See details in the MHTP CEU Policy and Form (PDF).
Options for Acquiring CEUs
A CEU is earned based on a “learning seat hour.” A "learning seat hour" is the elapsed time of presentation of content as defined or assigned by the in-service, workshop, or conference organization offering the activity, and approved or assigned by MHTP. 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.
CMPs can earn CEUs in several flexible and easily-accessible ways, including:
- Attending the MHTP Biennial Conference
- Studying MHTP Conference MP3s and MHTP Conference CDs
- Attending MHTP Enrichment Days/Workshops
- Reading approved books or videos (PDF) and providing a book report (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
At least 20 CEUs per four-year period must be earned by attending group activities such as in-services, MHTP modules, workshops, and conferences. Included in this “group” category are MHTP Biennial Conference CDs. All 40 CEUs may be earned from group activities. MHTP will also award up to 20 CEUs per four-year period earned in an individual activity, such as book reports and music lessons. Appropriate non-MHTP training activities can be awarded up to 20 CEUs per four-year period. The MHTP CEU Policy and Form (PDF) clearly explain what types of activities are/are not eligible for CEUs. This document is required reading before inquiring about the suitability of a particular activity for CEUs.
Details and Forms for CEUs
Additional details and forms needed to receive CEUs are given in the following documents:
- Earned CEU Policy and Form (PDF)
- Book Report Submission (PDF)
- CEU Verification Form 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
Earned CEUs are submitted to MHTP as a unit once every four years when all 40 hours are completed. Complete documentation includes the Earned CEU Policy and Form (PDF), all documents or certificates supporting the 40 CEU hours, and a $50 CEU Filing Fee. Partial documentation (for less than the total required 40 hours) will not be accepted or kept on file.
Acknowledgement of CEU Completion
When MHTP receives complete 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.