Paths of professional development in music therapy: training, professional identity and practice
Edwards, Jane 2015, Paths of professional development in music therapy: training, professional identity and practice, Approaches: music therapy & special music education, vol. 7, no. Special Issue : music therapy in Europe : paths of professional development, pp. 44-53.
Music therapy is listed as a profession in the EU Regulated Professions Database. This has assisted the next steps towards recognition in relevant countries and regions. The author’s experience as an academic leader in music therapy training over more than two decades is used to reflect on the profession of music therapy within Europe through interrogation of concepts underpinning professional identity, training, and professional practice. Potential tensions between recognition and regulation of healthcare professions are presented and discussed. As all practice takes place in context, balancing training needs between techniques and skills, systemic national and regional policy, and institutional knowledge is crucial. Achieving this balance is not easy but is key to successful growth of practitioner knowledge, seeding student’s curiosity about context and systems from the dawn of training.
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920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified
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C3.1 Non-refereed articles in a professional journal
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