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Mon 10th December
Music Therapy with Children and parents: Toward an ecological attitude to practice, theory and research

By Dr Claire Flower, Chelsea an Westminster NHS Foundation Trust

In recent years there has been significant growth in music therapy with children and parents. Literature details benefits of parents attending, and participating in, their child’s sessions, but less frequently addresses the musical-social processes of child, parent, and therapist working together.

In this presentation, Claire will describe her recent doctoral study, a phenomenologically-informed investigation of everyday practice with children and parents within an NHS setting. She will focus on questions of methodology, and consider issues raised in doing ‘insider’ research. In presenting conclusions, she also challenges the ways in which links between practice, theory, and research are considered in the profession.

Following a music degree at Manchester University, Claire trained as a music therapist and has been working in the profession ever since. For the last ten years, she has been part of the music therapy team at the Cheyne Child Development Service at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London. Strongly identifying as a practitioner, she was driven towards research by recurring questions about music therapy with children and their parents in this context. If she's not being a music therapist, you're most likely to find her up a mountain somewhere.

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