A descriptive study of the educational perceptions, professional identity, and professional practices of dual-trained music therapists as counselors
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This study aimed to identify the factors that lead music therapists to pursue advanced education emphasizing professional counseling and perceptions towards different advanced degree options. Additionally, the professional practices and identity of dual-trained music therapists as counselors were described. A convenience sample was formed from music therapists who hold board certification and have completed a master's degree or higher. Music therapists who had completed a master's degree program that emphasized professional counseling were invited to complete an online survey. Results suggested that dual-trained music therapists retain their professional identity as a music therapist but potentially do not identify with board certification credentials. Verbal processing techniques were implemented more frequently than music therapy techniques within professional practices of dual-trained music therapists. Eligibility for licensures as a professional counselor was the most important factor in specific master's degree program choice.