An Interconnected Life: To Technology and Beyond in Pediatric Music Therapy

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Music therapy has become an integral psychosocial intervention in pediatric hospitals worldwide, enabling patients and their families to build resilience via a range of creative activities and coping strategies. Case vignettes, with audio/video recordings, will demonstrate the integration of traditional music therapy techniques, digital technologies, and other creative interventions to achieve therapeutic goals and objectives.

We will discuss the successes and challenges of:
(a) utilising mass-produced electronic technologies as a creative form of self-expression, and (b) promoting a sense of connection and interconnectivity via technology, in pediatric music therapy practice.

Learner Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to identify at least three ways to combine multimodal therapeutic techniques and digital technology for treatment purposes in a pediatric setting (CBMT Scope of Practice: I. C. 10. 11. 12).
  2. Participants will be able to identify at least three specific methods of encouraging active engagement with longterm pediatric patients (CBMT Scope of Practice: II. A. c. i. n. o. s. w.).
  3. Participants will be able to name at least three ways of engaging in professional development through global interconnectivity (CBMT Scope of Practice: IV. A. 2. 3. 4. 7.)

About the Presenters:
Verena Clemencic-Jones, Registered Music Therapist established the REDKITE Music Therapy Program at the Kids Cancer Centre, Sydney Children’s Hospital in 1999. She currently shares the position with Matt Ralph, Registered Music Therapist. In 2013, Verena conducted a 12-week pilot music therapy program on the burns and oncology wards of Kanti Children’s Hospital, Kathmandu, Nepal.