Music Therapy, Adolescents and Trauma: Current practice and future directions

This symposium brings together international experts in music therapy to share their latest research in the field of adolescent trauma. Each speaker will reflect on how their research has influenced practice in a range of contexts, from mental health to education, with young people facing barriers caused by homelessness and poverty. Local experts will respond to our international guests by drawing on their own research and practice and considering what future directions might be for music therapy, adolescents and trauma.

Professor Katrina McFerran from the University of Melbourne will lead the symposium and is a music therapist and researcher with 25 years’ experience in supporting young people in diverse contexts. Her research focus has been on how music can create mutually empowering conditions for youth to flourish through fostering self-awareness and addressing systemic barriers. She has worked with students and patients in schools, hospitals, mental health and community programs and most recently, in the university, where she is currently Associate Dean for Student Life. She is author of the book “Adolescents, Music and Music Therapy” (JKP, 2010) and has recently edited the Oxford Handbook of Adolescents, Music and Wellbeing with Drs Suvi Saarikallio and Phillipa Derrington, including chapters from many of the symposium presenters. Books will be available at the symposium.

To register for the Symposium, please visit the registration page.

  • Key Dates

  • Call for Abstracts Close Call for abstracts closed
  • Super Early-bird Registration closes Closed
  • Notification of Acceptance Friday 30 August 2019
  • Early Bird Registration 20 July 2019 – Friday 13 September 2019
  • Drum Power Workshops Wednesday 27 November & Thursday 28 November 2019
  • AMTA2019 Conference Friday 29 November 2019 & Saturday 30 November 2019
  • Professional Development Seminar Sunday 1 December 2019