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located in specific states can be found at http://www.cbmt.org/ certificant_search. The European Confederation of Music Therapy (ECMT) fosters exchange and collaboration between European member countries to promote the profession. Specific country information, including a short history, training courses, and research activities can be found at http://emtc-eu.com/countryreports/. ECMT also hosts a conference every three years. The International Society on Early Intervention (ISEI) provides a framework and forum for professionals from around the world to communicate about advances in the field of early intervention. The organization hosts an international conference every five years to bring together specialists from various disciplines to discuss effective early intervention programs for children at-risk and their families. Membership in this organization is free and can be obtained at http:// depts.washington.edu/isei/ membership/memberapp.php. The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), with over 40,000 members, is the largest professional association dedicated to advancing the success of children with exceptionalities. As the “voice and vision of special education” CEC supports professionals to obtain knowledge and resources needed for effective practice. The major publications of CEC are Exceptional Children and Teaching Exceptional Children. Features for members

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include the Topic Workshops, Webinars, Professional Development Hour, and Professional Training. CEC advocates on behalf of children with exceptionalities on a local, state, and federal level by responding to issues and making policy recommendations. CEC also develops standards, ethics, and practice guidelines for special education professionals, which can be found on the organization’s website. To learn more about CEC, view a short introduction video at https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=QA4wwIyXT74. The Division of Early Childhood (DEC) is a special interest division of CEC with an international membership who works with or on behalf of children with special needs birth through age eight and their families. The organization developed sound Recommended Practices and Position Statements for families, emerging and practicing professionals, researchers, and administrators. The Journal of Early Intervention and Young Exceptional Children, Monographs, Learning Decks, and an annual conference keep members informed about policies and evidence-based practices. Visit the newly released website at http:// www.dec-sped.org. Division of International Special Education and Services (DISES) is also a division of CEC that focuses on special education programs and services in other countries. DISES promotes collaboration and exchange of research and practice while hosting international

roundtables. Members have access to the Journal of International Special Needs Education and the DISES Newsletter. Follow DISES on Twitter @DISES_CEC. ZERO TO THREE is a global nonprofit organization reaching millions of parents, professionals and policymakers each year. Leading private and public initiatives in partnership with other leaders, ZERO TO THREE ensures “that all babies and toddlers have a strong start in life.” Besides resources and services for parents, professionals, and policymakers, ZERO TO THREE provides free, reader-friendly, and multimedia enriched information on a variety of topics including early development and well-being, early learning, parents, policy and advocacy. To access all categories and corresponding products visit https://www.zerotothree.org. About the Author Petra Kern, Ph.D., MT-BC, MTA, DMtG, business owner of Music Therapy Consulting is adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Louisville, serves as editor-in-chief of imagine and on CBMT’s Board of Directors. She is a member of WFMT, AMTA, ISEI, CEC, and DEC and supports the work of the organizations. Contact: petrakern@musictherapy.biz

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imagine 2016  

In this issue, over 70 authors from 12 countries share their dedication and passion for early childhood music therapy with imagine readers....

imagine 2016  

In this issue, over 70 authors from 12 countries share their dedication and passion for early childhood music therapy with imagine readers....