The Efficient and Effective Practice – Using a Music Therapy Cloud documentation, Curriculum, and Practice Management Software

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Evidence-based documentation is essential for music therapists in 2023, for presenting and forwarding our profession. No matter where you are located, clinical reports need to demonstrate the efficacy of our work. This software was tailored by music therapists for use in private practice, schools, centers and clinics. It will allow you to focus on assessments, session documentation, and report creation, as well as the numerous practice management elements of running a practice.

The presentation will cover the Meet In The Music© curriculum- a music therapy assessment and program for use with autistic clients, and its music therapy goal bank of over 300 preloaded MT goals and thousands of objectives, all fully customizable. In building a treatment plan, the Meet In The Music© assessment is directly mapped to the goal bank and recommends a set of goals to assign to clients based on their assessment results. The MITM© curriculum includes sheet music, audio files, picture cards, and PDFs to support its content. The presentation will demonstrate both qualitative and quantitative documentation, using evidence-based documentation using a rating scale, frequency, and duration, and narrative data. In addition, it will demonstrate practice management features that include calendar, session tracking, and extensive client files dashboard features.

The UnitusTI platform is available in both English and in Spanish. UnitusTI has been endorsed & recommended in the book: Early Childhood Music Therapy and Autism Spectrum Disorder (Second Edition): Supporting Children and Their Families- Petra Kern and Marcia Humpal (Editors). The Vocal-Led Relaxation (included in the MITM© curriculum) was also published in the book: Voicework in Music Therapy, edited by Felicity Baker & Sylka Uhlig.

Learner Objectives

II. Referral, Assessment, Interpretation of Assessment and Treatment Planning: B. Assessment

3. Using a music therapy assessment, identify the client’s functioning level and strengths within the following areas of need
5. Document intake and assessment information.

III. Treatment Implementation and Documentation: B. Documentation

  1. Monitor the client’s progress by using the selected data collection system.
  2. Record client responses, progress, and outcomes in a secure manner.
  3. Use terminology appropriate to the population and setting.
  4. Document plan for subsequent sessions based on data.
  5. Provide periodic treatment reports.
  6. Adhere to internal and external legal, regulatory, and reimbursement requirements.
  7. Provide written documentation that demonstrates evidence-based outcomes related to addressed goals/interventions.


Esther has specialized since 1996 in the field of Autism and special needs, on faculty at Capilano University for 12 years. She completed Dr. Diane Austin’s first international distance training program in Advanced Vocal Psychotherapy. Her publication in the book: Voicework in Music Therapy (Jessica Kingsley Publishers), focuses on her innovative method of Vocal-Led Relaxation for Children with Autism. Esther created Meet In The Music© (MITM) music therapy curriculum for children with autism, which is utilized by music therapists throughout the United States, Canada, and Australia. In 2017, Esther received the Iconic Women Creating a Better World For All Award, presented by the Women Economic Forum in New Delhi, India. Recently, Esther received CAMT’s (Canadian Association For Music Therapy) PEER RECOGNITION AWARD for innovation and advocacy.