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Any person who supports the purposes of the Association is eligible for membership:
FULL MEMBERSHIP - A person who supports the purposes of the Association and meets the following standards is eligible for full membership:
Basic training standards of a minimum of either
(a) An approved Therapeutic Harp Training Program with a minimum of 80 face to face classroom training hours or equivalent, and
(b) Minimum 80 hours playing in environments in order to facilitate health and wellbeing, including hospital, hospice and aged care and other settings. This includes a minimum of 45 hours or direct individual bedside musical delivery and a minimum of 100 patients sessions
Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) that demonstrates equivalence with an approved Therapeutic Harp Training Program. A Portfolio of Evidence must be provided to the Membership Secretary for consideration of equivalence. This will include demonstrated ability as a harpist to play in therapeutic settings; submission of recordings; attendance at short courses in therapeutic music; demonstrated training in working in a clinical environment; personal awareness; ethical understanding of working with vulnerable persons and demonstrated a minimum 80 hours placement in hospital, hospice or care environments, including a minimum of 45 hours of direct individual bedside Therapeutic Harp delivery and a minimum of 100 patient sessions.
Insurance. members are required to maintain an adequate level of Public and products liability and Professional Indemnity insurance, details of which will need to be submitted each year on membership renewal. The Committee will determine adequate levels of insurance from time to time.
Maintenance of membership requires a minimum 10 hours of Continuing professional Development per annum, or 30 hours over three years. Professional Development must directly enhance the work of the therapeutic harpist. All relevant documentation, including logs of professional development hours must be kept by the member, to be submitted for audit if requested by ATHA committee.
All members are required to agree to and sign the "ATHA Ethics Statement" on application for membership and each year on renewal.
ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP - Associate Members include any student or individual who is working towards completing the basic training standards in an approved Therapeutic Harp Training program or who is seeking their prior training and experience be recognised via a Recognised Prior Learning Process.
FRIENDS OF ATHA - Friends of ATHA Members include anyone interested in the practise of therapeutic harp but who is not currently enrolled in an approved Therapeutic Harp Training program.
(i) It is also open to any practitioner who is currently "inactive" or is semi-retired and who is interested in participating in the learning community of Therapeutic Harp Practice. The applicant must provide evidence of the above and have professional indemnity insurance if practising as a harp therapist.
(ii) It is also open to a student enrolled in or working towards completing the basic training standards in a non-approved Therapeutic Harp Training Program.
All "Friends of ATHA" members are required to agree to and sign the "ATHA Ethics Statement" on application for membership and each year on renewal
AFFILIATE MEMBERS - Affiliate Members include partnering businesses such as nursing home or care providers who wish to enhance the provision of Therapeutic Harp services in their facilities or other interested persons or organisations that meet the approval of the Committee
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Committee sits every month on the third Thursday, after which you will receive your confirmation email and a certificate of confirmation.
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Your profile will be updated by the administrator as soon as your membership is confirmed and the fee is received.