This month I’ll be exploring the topic of professionalism – what it means to me and how to learn to be a professional. Music therapist, Bonnie Hayhurst, shares her thoughts about professionalism in this guest post.
Integrity, experience, knowledge, BALANCE, MT-BC, flexibility, dealing with difficult situations, dealing with difficult clients, dealing with failure, BALANCE, empathy, experiencing growth, experiencing milestones with clients, continuing education, BALANCE, experiencing job loss, new employment, advocacy, building a business, managing contractors, respect, BALANCE making/creating/listening to/experiencing/playing MUSIC, listening, networking with other professionals, scheduling, hiring, seeking peer supervision and/or advice, letting people go, dealing with burnout, accountability, BALANCE, quality control, program development, marketing, mentoring, supervising, burn out, revitalization, passion, BALANCE…
Being A Professional Music Therapist
For me, being a professional music therapist encompasses the list above. Being professional doesn’t mean that I’m perfect and it certainly doesn’t mean that I have all the answers. Being professional means that I use my skills, knowledge and experience to make the best decisions possible for my self and my business. It means using my clinical skills, musical skills, passion and training to support my clients and their families. It’s a tall order, but I believe the key to professionalism is BALANCE to offer true value. Albert Einstein once said,
“Try not to become a [wo]man of success,
but rather try to become a [wo]man of value.”
How about you? What important words do you use to define professionalism? What would you add to the list above?
Bonnie Hayhurst, MT-BC: is a board certified music therapist, certified neurologic music therapist and owner of The Groovy Garfoose. Bonnie shares her love for technology through her blog, groovygarfoose.com, where she reviews apps and offer tips for successful integration of the iPad into music therapy.