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The Southwestern region
of the american music therapy association

Red River Valley                                                                Summer 2017
A publication of the Southwestern Region of the American Music Therapy Association  
                                                                                        

In This Issue:

Panhandle/Oklahoma

The big thing going on in Oklahoma is the beginning of the state licensure process. Applications for licensure were mailed to each OK MT-BC in March, and the medical board is beginning to receive and process those as they come in. 

We had a social on May 20 after taking a long break following the passing legislation last year. There were 12 of us, including one who is fairly new to Oklahoma City and is starting a program at OU Children's Hospital, as well as a new grad and an intern.  We talked about possible referrals and potential areas for growth. All in all it was a great time to connect with each other.

If you’re in the Panhandle and Oklahoma neighborhood, look us up our Facebook group, Panhandle Music Therapists.

Jennifer Voss

Central Texas Music Therapy Association (CTMTA)

In March at the regional conference, CTMTA awarded the 2017 Student Scholarship to SMU graduate student, Kamica King, for her submission of original song composition, "Be Involved". 

Work is under way on the 2017 CTMTA Mini-Conference: Better Business, Better Self to be held September 16 from 9:00-4:30.  Location: Guadalupe Regional Medical Center in Seguin, TX.  Registration is $50 for non-members, $25 for members, $15 for students.  Early Bird Registration is due by Aug. 16, and "Early Birds" will be eligible for a drawing of a $20 gift card.  More info to come.

CTMTA's next get-together (July 19 @ 7:00) will be a combination mini-conference work session, summer fun, and farewell for Ana Alicia Lopez.  She will be moving to Florida with her husband in August.  We are sad to lose such a wonderful, enthusiastic, and involved member of both CTMTA and SWAMTA, but wish her the very best!

Linda Lininger, MMT, MT-BC   

North Texas

The North Texas MT-BCs meet every few months at “Music and Munchies” where we have the opportunity to greet each other face to face. At these professional social gatherings, we’ve discussed starting up a new business, talked about conference highlights, and shared new interventions. The state advocacy committee also came to coach us in writing advocacy letters to our representatives as a foundation for growing visibility to lawmakers here in Texas. These gatherings are a fun and casual way to meet others in our field whose names we see often via email and the listserve group, and it’s also a great way to network. If you are interested in being included in the next invitation to Music and Munchies, please send an email to ksholander.mtbc@gmail.com.

In other North Texas news, SMU welcomes Dr. Daniel Tague as Director of Music Therapy beginning this fall. Many thanks to Dr. Robert Krout and Barbara Bastable. Congratulations on your retirement!

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