The status of music therapy in Poland

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Music therapy is becoming increasingly popular in Poland. In spite of over 40 years of music therapy development in Poland there is still much to do. We, as countries and regions where music therapy is not yet well established, are struggling with various questions and problems. This presentation will illustrate the brief history of music therapy development in Poland and also show the new perspectives that appeared in last years. It is connected to the system of professionalization that was developed a few years ago and now is implemented into music therapy structures in Poland. This could be an inspiration for other countries at an analogous stage of development.

Learner Objectives:

The objectives are to get to know:

  1. history of music therapy development in Poland
  2. brief description of Polish music therapy method: the Mobile Music Recreation
  3. the system of balanced music therapy development that is implemented in Poland last years and the future perspectives as a result of this.

About the Presenter:

Krzysztof Stachyra, PhD, MT-BC, a music therapist and a music teacher. Director of Postgraduate Music Therapy Study Program and assistant professor at The Department of Music Therapy and Music Education at Music Faculty of Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, Lublin, Poland. President of the Polish Music Therapists Association and also the Polish Association for Therapy Through Arts. Co-founder of Art Therapy Center, Lublin, Poland. A member of Commission on Education and Training World Federation of Music Therapy. Editor-in-Chief for “Therapy Through Arts” journal and Co-editor for Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy and associate editor for Journal of Biomusical Engineering. He teaches music therapy at a few universities in Poland and University of Zagreb, Croatia. Dr. Krzysztof Stachyra has over 15 years of experience in working in music therapy with children, youth and adults with different disabilities – mentally handicapped, autism, psychiatric disorders, as well as preventive and developmental activities carried out with healthy people.