MTAM 2023 Fall Conference Registration Form

Culture & Identity in Counseling: Understanding Use of Self as a Therapist

by Anusha Ramaswami


Must Know Licensure and Reimbursement Information

by the Minnesota Music Therapy Reimbursement and State Recognition Task Force

Including an instrument rummage sale and silent auction!

MacPhail Center for Music
501 S 2nd Street
Minneapolis, MN 55401
October 7, 2023 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

The first three hours of this conference (Anusha’s presentation which includes the ethics
credits) will be recorded and available for further access until November 7, 2023.

Total number of CMTE Credits for in person option: 5

(this fulfills 3 credits in ethics)

Total number of CMTE Credits for virtual option: 3

(this fulfills 3 credits in ethics)

Name________________________________________CBMT #________ (for music therapists)
Home/Cell Phone_______________________________________________________________
E-mail address__________________________________________________________________

Jamstik giveaway to the first 50 people who register!

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Conference Registration

Please register by September 30, 2023 (please check one)
_____$35.00 IN PERSON MTAM 2023 Professional Member (Earn 5 CMTE’s with this
_____$25.00 VIRTUAL MTAM 2023 Professional Member (Earn 3 CMTE’s with this option)
_____$0 MTAM 2023 IN PERSON Student Member Free for student members!
_____$0 MTAM 2023 VIRTUAL Student Member Free for student members!
_____$20.00 Non-Member (No CMTE Credit Option)

Special Needs:
_________ Check here if a disability requires accommodation for you to fully participate.
_____$20.00 Chipotle Buffet
_____$0 Free lunch for new professionals! (For anyone who certified in 2019 or later!)
_____$0 No Lunch

_____$25.00 MTAM 2023 Professional Member
_____$12.00 MTAM 2023 Student Member

Please register here OR print this form and send along with a check payable to MTAM to the treasurer:

Amber Stefan
2732 Boone Ave N
New Hope, MN 55427

For questions regarding the conference, please contact Amber Stefan at

Cancellation and Refund Policy:
Refunds for cancellations are made available by written request only and must be mailed to Amber Stefan.
Full refunds cannot be made.
50% of fees will be refunded if request is postmarked by Friday October 6, 2023.
No refunds will be made after Friday October 6, 2023.
Refunds will be processed within 45 days of the conference.

Grievance Policy and Procedure:
Participants of Continuing Music Therapy Education opportunities are entitled to submit a grievance in writing to Music Therapy Association of Minnesota (MTAM) in regard to any Continuing Education event within 14 days of completing the opportunity. The MTAM Executive Board will confirm receipt of the submission within 14 days with a possible request for additional information and respond with a resolution within 30 days to the submitted grievance. The grievance will be considered on an individual basis and appropriate measures will be carried out upon agreement from the Executive Board. If the issue is not resolved, the participant has the right to appeal to the CBMT Continuing Education Committee. A copy of this policy will be provided in promotional materials for Continued Education opportunities.

Culture & Identity in Counseling: Understanding Use of Self as a Therapist by Anusha Ramaswami
and Must Know Reimbursement and Licensure Information by Ericha Rupp and Mark Burnett is
approved by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) for five (5) continuing music
therapy education credits for in person and three (3) continuing music therapy education credits for
virtual. The Music Therapy Association of Minnesota (MTAM), provider #P-052, maintains
responsibility for program quality and adherence to CBMT policies and criteria.

Anusha Ramaswami, a Minneapolis-based healer, creator, and therapist, will facilitate a three-hour intensive training on cultural identity, anti-oppressive practice, and therapeutic use of self. Anusha’s work focuses on decolonizing mental health spaces, creative approaches to healing, and engaging with communities in the work toward transformative justice and collective liberation. Anusha works with clients who have been marginalized by the traditional medical model of mental health. This educational experience will activate participants through community building, grounding, self reflection, and connection as a means to develop awareness of, and apply, concepts such as intersectionality theory, racial identity development, and anti-oppressive practice into their current work.

Mark Burnett will share updates on reimbursement and licensure in Minnesota followed by break out sessions. Everyone will then be able to participate networking breakout sessions based on what setting they work in.

MTAM will be hosting an instrument market for anyone who wants to
participate. This will be held on October 7th from 8:30-9:30 before
conference starts. Donated instruments of all sorts will be for sale and all
profits will go to the Jenn Werner fund. Coffee and donuts will be provided!
If you have any donations that you would like to contribute please contact Lyndie Walker at .

During our lunch we will also be holding a silent auction. All bids can be
placed in person for a wide variety of brand new instruments! Proceeds will also go to the Jenn Werner fund.

2023 MTAM Fall Conference Agenda

8:30 am – 9:30 am Instrument Rummage Sale and Silent Auction with Coffee and Donuts from
Yo-Yo Donuts
9:30 am – 10:15 am
A. Introduction & Background
1. Grounding exercise
2. Reflection Question
B. Who You Are & Where You Sit
1. Social location/social identity
a. Complete social identity wheel
2. Intersectionality Theory
3. Power, Privilege, and Oppression
a. Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack, Peggy McIntosh
b. Reflection: Turn & Talk

C. Racial Identity Development Models: Where do you locate yourself with regard to your racial identity development?
10:15 am – 10:30 am Break
10:30 am – 11:15 am
A. Social Change Ecosystem Map
B. Anti-Oppressive Practice
C. Small group breakout discussions & share out with larger group
11:15 am – 11:30 am Break
11:30 am – 12:15 pm
A. Opening Question: What narratives do you hold about “professionalism” and “boundaries”?
B. Therapy as a political space
1. Professionalism & Culturally Relevant Practice
2. Social Determinants of Health
3. Social policies and the clients you serve – Small Group Breakouts & Discussion

12:15 pm – 12:30 pm
A. Q&A
B. Closure & Grounding
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Awards, Business Meeting and Announce Silent Auction Winners
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm Licensure and Reimbursement
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Professional Development Networking Breakouts
1. MTBO – Waiver Q&A
2. Medical settings
3. Long Term Care settings
4. School based services
5. Community Based Services

Learner objectives:
1. Participants will demonstrate their understanding of self-as-therapist, with a focus on social identity, intersectionality theory, racial identity development, and deconstructing traditionally held values of professionalism.

CBMT Domain III.A.1.f.
CBMT Domain V.B.11

2. Participants will identify the importance of centering identity in the therapeutic space in order to effectively build trust and rapport in cross cultural therapeutic relationships.

CBMT Domain III.A.1.a-c

3. Participants will be able to identify the tenets of anti-oppressive practice and work toward decolonizing mental health spaces.

CBMT Domain V.B.2

4. Participants will be able to verbalize the state of licensure and reimbursement updates.

CBMT Domain V.B.3 and 19

5. Participants will actively participate in supervision and collaboration with colleagues based on the settings they work in.

CBMT Domain V.A.4 and 5

Presenter Bios:
Anusha (she/her) is a licensed therapist and board certified music therapist who has a passion for working in and with her community. She believes strongly that creativity and art should be an essential part of the therapeutic process for anyone who connects with these modalities. She works to ensure that healing experiences are co-created between client and therapist. She believes firmly that community-building is essential in the work toward transformative justice and collective liberation for all oppressed peoples.

Though there are many systemic barriers to wellness, Anusha believes there is always space for empowerment, healing, and growth. Anusha enjoys meeting and holding space for any client exactly where they are at. She has found herself most frequently pulled to healing work with marginalized youth and their families, individuals impacted by incarceration, immigration, and generational trauma, and those engaging in racial identity development at all stages of life.

Mark Burnett is a board-certified music therapist, and Neurologic Music Therapy Fellow currently providing services at MacPhail Center for Music. He honors the work of others and supports the mission of access to music therapy via humanistically centered equity, engagement, policy, reimbursement, and pathways toward licensure. This mission is lensed and referenced through many years of experience and practice providing music therapy to forensic, psychiatric, rehabilitation, geriatric, special education, adult/pediatric spectrum of hospitalization, and hospice, pain, and palliative populations.

The profession of music therapy is recalibrating and is poised to increase accessibility to those who need it through integration, equity, education, advocacy, integrity, and a collaborative resolve. A pathway to growth and unification within our profession is focused on establishing client access to music therapy via reimbursement and the foundational necessity of licensure.