Music Therapy in Europe: Paths of Professional development

Hanne Mette Ochsner Ridder (Editor), Giorgos Tsiris (Editor)

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Professional development and recognition is an 'old' issue in music therapy but still a relevant, complex and crucial one. Burning questions regarding professionalisation are at the forefront of most music therapy associations’ agendas across Europe and beyond, and feed back directly to the work of the EMTC.

Considering the wider political, socio-economic, cultural and disciplinary aspects of professionalisation, different development pathways impact directly on music therapy practice, training, ethics, professional collaboration and employment conditions. Although a number of endeavours have been implemented regarding music therapy’s professional development and recognition in different countries, documentation and sharing of such endeavours on international level has been limited and scattered.

Drawing from the EMTC’s work since the early ‘90s, as well as from colleagues’ experiences (and struggles) of music therapy’s professional pathways in different European countries, this special issue aims:

* to provide an overview of the current ‘state of affairs’ in Europe by systematically documenting music therapy’s paths of professional development across different countries by tracing not only its achievements, but also its failures and problems.

* to offer opportunities to critique and reflect on the interrelationships between music therapy as a discipline (with all its requirements to clinical and/or academic training) and music therapy as a profession (with its regulations, governmental recognition, and registration, legitimisation/authorisation or licensing issues).

Capturing the diversity of music therapy’s professional development across different European countries, this special issue will contribute to the establishment of a shared platform of knowledge upon which further local or international initiatives can be developed.

Apart from a report from each country, this special issue of Approaches includes the following 16 articles:
The role of the EMTC for development and recognition of the music therapy profession
Hanne Mette Ridder, Adrienne Lerner & Ferdinando Suvini (pp.13-22)

The European Music Therapy Confederation: History and development
Monika Nöcker-Ribaupierre (pp. 23-29)

Maintaining the dialogue of influence: Developing music therapy theory in pace with practice and research
Claire M. Ghetti (pp.30-37)

The academic training of music therapists: Chances of normalisation and specialisation
Thomas Wosch (pp.38-43)

Paths of professional development in music therapy: Training, professional identity and practice
Jane Edwards (pp.44-53)

Music therapy as academic education: A five-year integrated MA programme as a lighthouse model?
Brynjulf Stige (pp.54-61)

Continuing professional development – Why, what and how?
Angela Harrison (pp.62-66)

Supervision during music therapy training: An interview with two Swedish supervisors
Rut Wallius (pp.67-73)

Supervisor training: An integration of professional supervision and the use of artistic media
Inge Nygaard Pedersen (pp.74-85)

The Bonny method of Guided Imagery and Music (GIM) in Europe
Lars Ole Bonde (pp.86-90)

Solo or tutti, together or alone – What form of professional/legal recognition is best for music therapy?
Melanie Voigt (pp.91-97)

The role of professional associations in the recognition process
Ranka Radulovic (pp.98-109)

Towards professionalisation of music therapy: A model of training and certification in Poland
Krzysztof Stachyra (pp.110-117)

Perspectives on the development of the music therapy profession in the UK
Alison Barrington (pp.118-122)

A process of two decades: Gaining professional recognition in Austria
Elena Fitzthum (pp.123-126)

Development of the music therapy profession in Latvia
Mirdza Paipare (pp.127-130)
Original languageEnglish
JournalApproaches. Music therapy and special education
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)1-189
Number of pages189
Publication statusPublished - 7 Aug 2015


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