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British Journal of Music Therapy

Tessa Watson, Alison Barrington, Kay Sobey

Tessa Watson: Tessa Watson is a music therapist and music therapy trainer with over 20 years of experience in a variety of clinical settings. She qualified from Roehampton in 1990, and is course Convenor of the MA in Music Therapy at University of Roehampton. Tessa’s clinical experience has been varied, including work with the elderly, in forensic mental health, and with young people and adults with learning disabilities. Her current clinical work is with adults with learning disabilities in a joint health and social services community team, where she manages a team of arts therapists and works closely with other professionals. Tessa is also an HCPC partner and an AHP clinical expert.

Tessa’s research interests are diverse and include clinical work with adults with profound and multiple learning disabilities, multi-disciplinary work and the development of theories of learning and teaching in the training of Music Therapists.As well as her interests in research Tessa has contributed to the development of the profession through her work with the British Association for Music Therapy (BAMT); currently she is a member of the Training and Education Committee, the CPD/supervision committee and the International Representative for BAMT. Tessa was an inaugural member of the CPD committee and for many years led the learning disability network.

Tessa enjoys writing and speaking about her work and has spoken at conferences internationally and in the UK.Some notable publications are Watson, T. (in press) ‘The World is Alive! Music Therapy with Adults with Learning Disabilities’ in the Oxford Handbook of Music Therapy,OUP, Twyford, K. and Watson, T (2008) Integrated Team Working: Music Therapy as Part of Transdisciplinary and Collaborative Approaches, London; Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Watson, T (2007) Music Therapy with Adults with Learning Disabilities, London; Routledge, and Jeffcote, N and Watson, T (2004) Working  Therapeutically with Women in Secure Mental Health Settings, London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Kay Sobey: Kay Sobey qualified as a music therapist at Roehampton Institute in 1985 She was co-convenor with John Woodcock of that training programme from 1990 until 2005. During this time she expanded and developed it into the MA in Music Therapy at the University of Roehampton.

Kay’s initial clinical experience was in a residential mental health unit and thereafter with adults with learning disabilities. Subsequently she worked with young children, including ten years in an Early Years Child Development Centre with an emphasis on those with communication disorders. She completed her MA in Psychoanalytical and Observational Studies at the Tavistock Centre focussing on music therapy with children with Autistic Spectrum conditions.

Now retired from her University position, she has continued teaching and supervising, as well as clinical practice. She now works in a mainstream primary school with children with emotional and behavioural problems. In all these roles she has been particularly interested in working collaboratively both with her colleagues and with parents and families of her clients.

Having been a member of both the APMT Supervision Committee and CPD committee, she chaired the Training and Education Committee for three years (2007-2010). In this capacity she also served on the Executive committee during planning of the merger of APMT and BSMT to form BAMT.

She has taught and presented in Canada, Australia, Greece and Malta. Her publications include ‘Psychodynamic Music Therapy: Considerations in Training’ Sobey, K and J. Woodcock in Process in the Arts Therapies (1999) London, Jessica Kingsley.