About the Deutsche Musiktherapeuthische Gesellschaft
The Deutsche Musiktherapeuthische Gesellschaft (DMtG) works towards embedding music therapy firmly within the German health care system. Patients and relatives can ask for information and advice via phone and use a nation-wide database of music therapists. Interested parties can ask for information regarding music therapy training and educations in the field.
Founded as the “Deutsche Gesellschaft für Musiktherapie” in 1973, it was expanded when the “Berufsverband für MusiktherapeutInnen” joined in 2008 and became the Deutsche Musiktherapeutische Gesellschaft which remains the largest union of music therapists in Germany with approximately 1400 members. Because of a lack of laws protecting the professional field of music therapy, the DMtG aims to establish standards of quality and education in order to ensure the wellbeing of patients. Additionally, they feel it is important to establish music therapy as a service that is included in health insurances. There is enough proof of the effectiveness of music therapy – its therapeutic use in conjunction with e.g. dementia, strokes, and psychosocial therapies is well-established.
Audio conferences by meetgreen support the German organization for music therapy
The audio conferencing service by meetgreen which was initially only intentioned as an eco-friendly way of communication, is now turning into a “social helper.” Especially small associations and organizations with limited financial ressources use free audio conferences. This is also true for the DMtG.
The aim of the Deutsche Musiktherapeutischen Gesellschaft is to make music therapy more prevalent within the German health care system. The aim of meetgreen is to make ecoconscious communication available by offering free audio conferences. These two goals do not exactly appear to be interconnected at first. However, meetgreen has made it possible for the DMtG to avoid an additional cost factor and to instead invest the saved funds into the organization.
“Our specialist society relies on networking in order to survive. We use regular audio conferences – which no longer tax our ressources thanks to meetgreen – to keep our board members and work groups up to date,” stresses CEO Judith Brunk, and adds full of praise,”we use meetgreen’s conferences for our weekly board meetings and also use the virtual conference room. It works well, is not complicated, and has great audio quality.”
Besides employing music within a therapeutic framework for the restoration, preservation, and the promotion of physical and spiritual health, the DMtG also publishes the Musiktherapeutische Umschau, a specialized magazine, which shares scientific data results and promotes networking within the scientific community. “Ever since it is possible to add more than six participants to a conference, even our editorial department has been able to use meetgreen for its conferences. This makes communication so much easier.” For more than one and a half years, the DMtG has been using meetgreen’s conferencing services for various business communications on every level.