The role of music therapists in interdisciplinary competence development in dementia care

Jens Anderson-Ingstrup, Solgunn Elisabeth Knardal, Katarina Lindblad, Aase Marie Ottesen, Hanne Mette Ochsner Ridder

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The role of music therapists in interdisciplinary competence development in dementia care Background The use of live or recorded music by professional caregivers for people with dementia has been documented by several authors (e.g. Clark, 1998). Besides treating psychological symptoms of dementia, music therapists also have the possibility of supporting caregivers in using music (Jacobsen, 2008; Ottesen, 2014). This approach has been formulated as “music therapeutic caregiving” (Hammar et al., 2011) or “in-direct music therapy” (Bunt & Stige, 2014). With a growing focus on the use of music in the field of dementia, there is a need to provide a clearer understanding of when and how music is used by music therapists and caregivers. Objectives The objective of this roundtable is to discuss the need and possibility of music therapy used for competence development based on knowledge sharing and knowledge mobilisation in a Nordic context. Content The speakers will provide information from their specific work. Based on an action research study, Ottesen discusses the role of the music therapist as a facilitator of situated learning processes for caregivers. Ridder presents an understanding of how person-attuned musical interactions may form the basis of caregiver’s use of music. Lindblad presents an overview of the situation in Sweden, where the role of music therapists in dementia care is not yet widely acknowledged, but the interest in educating and inspiring staff is large. Knardal shares her experiences with interdisciplinary collaboration on assessment in a Norwegian context, and Anderson-Ingstrup presents results from an ongoing ethnographic study on Danish music therapists working in the field of dementia. Bunt, L., & Stige, B. (2104). Music Therapy: An art beyond words (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Routledge. Clark, M. E., Lipe, A. W., & Bilbrey, M. (1998). Use of music to decrease aggressive behaviors in people with dementia. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 24, 10-17. Hammar, L. M., Emami, A., Götell, E., & Engström, G. (2011). The impact of caregivers' singing on expressions of emotion and resistance during morning care situations in persons with dementia: an intervention in dementia care. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 20, 968-978. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2702.2010.03386.x Jacobsen, A. F. (2008) Musikterapeutisk vejledning i tværfagligt samarbejde – et eksempel fra demensområdet. Tidsskriftet Dansk Musikterapi, 5(2), 3-7. Ottesen, A. M. (2014). Anvendelse af musikterapi og Dementia Care Mapping I EN LÆRINGSMODEL til udvikling af musiske og interpersonelle kompetencer hos omsorgsgivere til personer med demens. ET CASESTUDIE MED EN ETNOGRAFISK TILGANG. Aalborg Universitet.
Publikationsdato11 aug. 2018
StatusUdgivet - 11 aug. 2018
BegivenhedThe 9th Nordic Music Therapy Congress in Stockholm - Rönneberga Conference Center Lidingö, Stokholm, Sverige
Varighed: 8 aug. 201812 aug. 2018


KonferenceThe 9th Nordic Music Therapy Congress in Stockholm
LokationRönneberga Conference Center Lidingö


  • interdisciplinary competence development
  • dementia
  • music therapist
  • knowledge sharing
  • knowledge mobilisation


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