The identity and role of music therapy in the UK: history, practices, theories, values, diversity and organizations.

Beth Pickard, Martin Lawes, Luke Annesley, Simon Procter, Helen Odell-Miller, Jackie Robarts, Giorgos Tsiris, Catherine Warner, Donald Wetherick, Davina Wilson, Rosie Axon

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Building on themes discussed in recent literature published by UK music therapists (see references), this round table will feature a structured, open dialogue amongst a panel of leading UK music therapists, trainers and researchers in which the audience will also be invited to participate.

Considering the identity and role of music therapy in the UK and its connection to the wider European context, the following questions will be posed as a starting point for discussion:
1. What stage have we reached in the development of our profession?
2. What is our role as specialist arts and health practitioners within the wider social, cultural and political context and changes in that?
3. How can we best identify and explain our work to others both individually and as a profession, taking account of the range of our work and diversity of approaches?
4. What are the opportunities and challenges for the profession moving forward?
5. What mutual learning, un-learning and re-learning might there be through exchanging perspectives, practices, and experiences within a wider international context?

Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 12 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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