The Emergence of Music Therapy Online Communities and Their Potentials for Professional Development and Lifelong Learning

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Elizabeth Coombes

The COVID-19 pandemic has created challenges and difficulties for the music therapy field in various ways, but has also created the possibility of increasing interaction among music therapists, music therapy students and service users exploring the use of online global collaborations. This presentation seeks to explore the emergence of such groups and their potential importance for professional development and lifelong learning. It will explore issues related to social capital for the music therapy profession as well as discussing the challenges of managing and participating in such a forum.

Presentation Description:

The participants will experience discussions how global community networks are being established and organised in the music therapy fields, highlighting challenges, difficulties and benefits of creating collaborative online initiatives. All three presenters are experienced in developing global online collaborations, and the participants will have the opportunity to reflect on the different perspectives concerning this topic.

Learner Objectives:

  • Conduct oneself in an authentic, ethical, accountable, and
    culturally sensitive manner that respects privacy, dignity, and human rights in all settings including social media, marketing, and advertising. (CBMT Domain V. B. 2.)
  • Communicate with colleagues regarding professional issues. (CBMT Domain V. B. 14.)
  • Conduct information sharing sessions (e.g., in-service
    workshops) for professionals and/or the community. (CBMT Domain V. B. 16.)

Target Audience:

Students, Entry-level professionals, Experienced professionals

Presenter Biographies:

Elizabeth has been practising as a music therapist for over 20 years. During that time she has worked with a wide variety of clients across the lifespan and also leads the MA Music Therapy course in the UK at the university of South Wales. She is interested in the identity of the C21st Music Therapist.

Gustavo Gattino, PhD, is an accredited music therapist and member of the International Music Therapy Assessment Consortium (IMTAC). Gustavo has developed researches in music therapy in the areas of assessment, autism and teaching. He is an Assistant Professor in the Institute for Communication and Psychology at the Aalborg University, Denmark.

Grace Thompson, PhD, RMT is a researcher and lecturer in the Master of Music Therapy degree at the University of Melbourne. Her research focuses on music therapy with disabled and autistic children, and delivered within ecologically oriented strategies. She is the co-editor of “Music Therapy with Families: Therapeutic Approaches and Theoretical Perspectives”.