Register by 4/30 to receive the reduced registration fee!
Sponsored by the Wisconsin Chapter for Music Therapy in cooperation with American
Music Therapy Association® and the Certification Board for Music Therapists.
Hill Day is NOT approved by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) for
Continuing Music Therapy Education. However, because of revamped options for attaining
CMTE credits, participants can submit documentation for a total of 5 CMTE credits.
Why a Wisconsin Hill Day Workshop?
Modeled after AMTA’s Hill Day Conference in Washington D.C., this workshop
provides Wisconsin music therapists with the opportunity to learn advocacy
techniques, understand how music therapy fits into the patchwork of state agencies and
policies, and meet with State Senators and Assembly Representatives to communicate
concerns relevant to our clients, namely funding and accessibility of music therapy
services. This year, our advocacy work will focus specifically on the move from our
current title protection (Registration) to practice protection (Licensure). Both students
and professionals are encouraged to attend.
8:30 am Registration
8:45 – 9:00 am Introduction – Nancy Dexter – Schabow, MMT, MT-BC, WMTR
9:00 – 10:15 am Moving from Registration to Licensure: A Unique Challenge
10:15 – 10:30 am Break
10:30 – 11:30 pm Representing Music Therapy: Advocacy Ethics, Tips, Talking
11:30 – 12:00 pm Review of FAQ Sheet, Preview of Advocacy Meetings
12:00 – 12:15 pm Break
12:15 – 1:15 pm Lunch/WCMT Business Meeting
1:30 – 3:30 pm Meetings with State Senators and Representatives
3:30 – 4:00 pm Share experiences, CMTE documentation, wrap up
Following Hill Day: Please join us for the WCMT 50th Anniversary Celebration at
The Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company
123 E. Doty St., Madison, WI 53703
Appetizers and 1 drink ticket/person provided by WCMT.
Parking can be found at garages around the Capitol.
Garage nearest the Capitol and The Great Dane is Wilson St. Garage,
located at 20 E. Wilson St., Madison, WI 53703
For the afternoon meetings each participant will be provided with a FAQ sheet to give
to their State Senators and Representatives. This FAQ sheet will contain current
information on the practice of music therapy in Wisconsin. The sheet will also provide
a basis for licensure. Each participant is encouraged to share their personal stories with
elected officials to put a personal touch on their visits and articulate their individual
concerns. Please dress business casual, and bring business cards and/or brochures
about your facility/practice to share with legislators and staff.
Participants may also want to bring their morning coffee, laptop, tablet or other device
for thank you emails or note taking, as well as CMTE documentation (see below).
Documentation for CMTE Credits (participants are eligible for 5 CMTE credits)
Participants will be emailed a Certificate of Attendance for the advocacy education
portion of the day. This can be recorded on the CBMT website as “Other Continuing
Education”. The Certificate of Attendance should be submitted, along with a 250 word
summary. Participants are eligible for a total of 3 CMTE credits (200 minutes).
For the afternoon legislative meetings, participants will be emailed a Letter of
Verification. Credits can be recorded on the CBMT website as “Service to the
Profession”. The Letter of Verification should be submitted, along with a 250 word
summary. Participants are eligible for a total of 2 CMTE credits (100 minutes).
About the Organizer/Presenter:
Nancy Dexter – Schabow is a Music Therapist – Board Certified, as well as a Wisconsin
Music Therapist – Registered. She has served as Government Relations Chair/Co-
Chair for the Wisconsin Chapter for Music Therapy since 1996. After attending AMTA
Hill Day in Washington D.C. in 2000, Nancy designed a biennial workshop for music
therapists to provide experiences for education and advocacy on issues affecting access
and funding of music therapy services within Wisconsin. Her 29+ years of experience
in private practice provide a broad perspective on working within the context of state
funding systems. Nancy believes that music therapists must acquire listening and
communication skills to maximize interactions with a variety of decision-makers in the
funding system, from case coordinators in the community to legislators at the State
Refunds will be granted per request. Please contact Nancy Dexter – Schabow should you need a
If you have any questions about this workshop, please contact Nancy
Dexter – Schabow with questions or concerns.
firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Hone your advocacy skills.
Talk with legislators.
Create greater access to music therapy in Wisconsin!
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