Continuing Education

The Continuing Education Committee serves to promote, coordinate, and evaluate the development of the association’s continuing education initiatives and offerings; to assist the course presenters throughout the region, including the development and presentation of courses; to assist in the delivery of continuing education offerings through a variety of techniques and delivery mechanisms; to establish, maintain and promote a comprehensive curriculum of continuing education offerings; and to ensure that these opportunities adhere to the guidelines established by the Certification Board for Music Therapists.  

Committee Members

Director: Dorothy Schaettle, MT-BC

Texas Representative: Morgan Wood, MT-BC

New Mexico Representative: Jaynie Hakeems MT-BC 

Oklahoma Representative: *Vacant*

 Teach a Course

Apply to be a course instructor! Have a topic or idea or area of focus that aligns with the needs assessment? Share your expertise with your colleagues in the region and teach a course at Regional Conference. Email your course idea to

 Host a Co-Sponsored Event

Did you know that SWAMTA can support your institution in hosting a continuing education event and provide you with pre-approved CMTE credits? In order to provide members increased access to quality continuing education opportunities, SWAMTA would like to co-sponsor your continuing education event. 

You must be a member of SWAMTA to receive this benefit.

Email your co-sponsor request to

 Host a Webinar

Hosting a webinar allows you to showcase your expertise, industry knowledge, abilities, skills, products, and services. Your webinar will give peers a chance to learn about important topics in Music Therapy year-round. Webinar-based instructors will receive a total profit of 40% after the CBMT activity and web fee.

Email your webinar idea to

 Request a Course

Do you have a request for an educational course or topic?


Continuing Education Grievance Policy & Procedure

  • The Mission and Purpose of the Organization: The mission of the Southwestern Region of the American Music Therapy Association (herein after referred to as the Region) is consistent with that of AMTA: To advance music therapy and to increase access to quality music therapy services (AMTA Bylaws, Art II, Sec. 1).
  • The purpose of the Region is:
    a) to provide professional development opportunities for music therapists 
    b) to participate in the operation of the AMTA through representation on committees and the Assembly of Delegates 
    c) to further an awareness and acceptance of music therapy as a viable health profession through job development, public relations activities and local and state legislative action 
    d) to promote communication among members through Regional publications. 
  • Grievance Procedures
    Members of the Region and participants in CMTE courses provided by the Region have the right to file a grievance regarding any aspect of the CMTE course, including promotional materials, learning objectives, prerequisites, qualifications and credentials of presenters, CMTE schedule and format, CMTE credits, fees and submission deadlines, and cancellation and refund policy. Members and participants must file a grievance in writing, via email or postal mail, to the Continuing Education Director for the Region. Contact information for the Continuing Education Director may be found on the Region’s website,, the Quarter Note, or by contacting any Executive Board Member of the Region. The grievance must state the title of the CMTE course, the presenter, the date of the course, and specific details of the reason for the grievance. The Continuing Education Director will review the grievance and respond in writing to the member or participant filing the grievance with a decision regarding the grievance within thirty (30) days of receipt of the written grievance, via email or postal mail. 
  • Appeal Procedures
    The member or participant filing the grievance has the right to appeal the decision(s) made by the Continuing Education Director within thirty (30) days of receipt of the written grievance. The member or participant may file an appeal in writing, via email or postal mail, by sending a copy of the original grievance, the written decision of the Continuing Education Director, and specific reasons for appealing the decision to the Region’s President. The President of the Region will consult the Region’s Executive Board and respond in writing, via email or postal mail, within thirty (30) days of receipt of the written grievance with the decision of the Region’s Executive Board regarding the appeal. 

If the grievance remains unresolved after the appeal process, the member or participant has the right to have the unresolved grievance addressed by the Certification Board for Music Therapist’s (CBMT) Continuing Education Committee. (NOTE: This should occur only after the Region’s Grievance Procedure has been exhausted.) 

 All courses are approved by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) for the pre-determined number of credits. SWAMTA, #P-055, maintains responsibility for program quality and adherence to CBMT policies and criteria.