Exploring Innovations in music therapy and trauma around the world.

Elizabeth Coombes, University of Wales, Devin Brooks, Varvara Pasiali, Stine Lindahl Jacobsen

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Using music therapy to support children and families who have experienced trauma requires therapists to be creative, flexible and resilient in their work. Several music therapists have started to write about the impact of trauma on families and how music therapy interventions can support them (Swanick and Jacobson, 2019, Pasiali, 2017). Furthermore, there has been a move towards giving space to the voices of non-dominant cultures and societies – a much needed progression in the field of music therapy. With a move to online working being more acceptable due to Covid19, music therapists are adapting their practice to engage with the changing needs of the communities they serve. In the area of music therapy where music is the common thread, thinking about diversity and connecting with those outside of mainstream communities has become a new and innovative stream of consciousness which needs to be explored.
This presentation brings therapists connecting from around the world with the aim of understanding what we can learn as a profession from cultural, societal and musical aspects of communities.

Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 6 Jun 2022
EventThe 12th European Music Therapy Conference: Music Therapy in Progress: Please Disturb - Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 Jun 202212 Jun 2022


ConferenceThe 12th European Music Therapy Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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