A.I.M. (Italian Professional Association of Music Therapy) was set up in June 2002.
The association’s main objectives are the recognition of the professionalism of those who work in this sector and safeguarding the correct practice of their profession.
Among the various aims that the Association has set itself we would like to point out the following aspects:
- managing a National Register of Music Therapists comprising three sections: List of Music Therapists, List of Music Therapy Educators and List of Supervisors;
- establishing and raising clinical and ethical standards;
- being a constant point of reference for all music therapists in Italy;
- guaranteeing the correct practice of the profession by the members of the Register;
- safeguarding the collective interests of the sector providing consultancy and support;
- encouraging the spread of updated information on job opportunities and new work agreements;
- encouraging the exchange, publication and distribution of works relevant to music therapy;
- establishing and maintaining contact with other music therapists and associations around the world;
- maintaining a continuous relationship with the other related professional associations.
In the pursuit of these aims, a Collegio Probi Viri has been nominated which will verify that the registered professionals observe the standards in the Code of Ethics.
In particular A.I.M. rules and criteria are at first that 3 specific Registers (Music therapists, Teachers and Supervisors) have been identified, and the relative entrance criteria for all three Registers have been identified and defined.
A.I.M. are the Associations which currently represents about 300 members inside the Register of music therapy professionals from various orientations and which is present and active in the process of recognition at a national legislative level.
The Italian Government in 2013 had approved a Law about the new Intellectual Profession that recognize the Professional Association and suggest to define the Professional Profiles according to the Ministery of Health.