MAR Social Media Code of Conduct

April 8, 2022 | By More

The Mid-Atlantic Region of the American Music Therapy Association takes pride in utilizing a variety of online platforms to foster community and open discourse. Current social media accounts include a Facebook page, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and a private Facebook group. The Social Media Code of Conduct is created and revised by the Public Relations Chair, and committee members, and presented to the Executive board. 

In the effort to provide a safe and professional space for these interactions, we ask that all users abide by the following guidelines when posting content to any MARAMTA public forum or group. 

Purpose: 

The mission of the Mid-Atlantic Region of the American Music Therapy Association is to advance public awareness of the benefits of music therapy, to increase access to quality music therapy services, and to provide support to its members within the Mid-Atlantic Region. The Mid-Atlantic Region of the American Music Therapy Association Facebook group is to serve as a valuable resource for membership and to facilitate interactions with the greater music therapy community. The Facebook group is private and membership is contingent on answering entrance questions (Find: Membership). The Facebook page, Twitter, and Instagram accounts are used primarily to communicate information regarding the region to the general public. All communications over social media are handled by the Public Relations Chair, and/or committee members.  

Values:
MARAMTA’s vision is to serve as a valuable resource for it’s membership. The following  values provide the framework from which we use each online platform as a means of interacting with membership and greater community. Our online presence should reflect each of these values: Approachability, Attentiveness, Community, Diversity, Quality, and Solidarity. Each value is defined in the Social Media Policy. 

Membership: 

Membership in MARAMTA is defined as a member of AMTA residing or working within the region (New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia, and Washington DC). 

AMTA membership is not required to join the Facebook group or to follow any of the MARAMTA social media accounts. Membership in the Facebook group is contingent on answering entrance questions and approved by the Public Relations Chair, and members of the Public Relations Committee: 

  1. Are you a music therapist, music therapy student, or pre-professional?
  2. If you are a music therapy student, what school do you attend?
  3. What state do you currently live in? 
  4. Do you agree to follow the group rules? Failure to abide by these rules will result in removal of content or revocation of membership in the group, at the discretion of the Public Relations chair. 

Moderation: 

Mid-Atlantic Region of the American Music Therapy Association social media accounts  are closely monitored by the regional Public Relations chair and committee members. The moderator will review all content and comments posted in the group and on other social media, and be available to respond to questions, feedback, and membership requests. The moderators reserves the right to remove any post that includes (but may not be limited to) the following:

  • Spam and/or advertising
  • Offensive language and/or statements
  • Comments, statements, and language that are harmful to historically marginalized groups and members of those communities
  • Statements that discriminate against race, gender, sexual orientation, or religion
  • Statements that are purposefully inflammatory in nature
  • Any content that directly violates HIPAA or the music therapy code of ethics

Any post that includes the above items will be promptly deleted. The moderator will contact the poster privately to inform them of the requirements for membership and provide them with a copy of the code of conduct for their reference.

Users who violate the code of conduct three or more times can be subject to removal and/or blockage from the group. 

A note on supervision: 

While membership is encouraged to give and receive feedback from one another using these platforms, social media is not an appropriate tool for professional supervision. Members are encouraged to pursue professional supervision for any specific client or professional issues. 

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