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date: 30 November 2021

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The development of formal systems of professional recognition for music therapy within Europe has taken many decades and is still not complete. The European Music Therapy Confederation (EMTC) was established in 1990 with a primary goal being the pursuit of recognition for the profession. This ambition is complicated by the fact that there are so many associations across Europe and not all are in the EMTC. In this chapter the quest for formal professional recognition is outlined. The process by which some countries have achieved recognition, that is in Latvia, UK, and Netherlands, is presented.

Keywords: music therapy recognition, music therapy in Europe, professional accreditation, music therapy and the law, European Music Therapy Confederation (EMTC)

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