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.

Symposium Program

*Please note that the below AMTA 2019 Symposium Program is a provisional program and is subject to change at any time.

Symposium: Friday 29th November 2019
8:30 - 10:00

Conference Opening Ceremony
Opening Session Presented by The Robert Connor Dawes Foundation - Gold Sponsor

Official Welcome and Acknowledgement of Country
Professor Richard Kurth
Director, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, The University of Melbourne
Guest Speaker: Dr Jonathon Welch AM

10:00 - 10:30
Overview of music therapy, adolescents and trauma
Prof Kat McFerran, Australia Dr Rebecca Fairchild
10:30 - 11:15 Reconsidering therapeutic space, therapeutic relationship and conversations around music therapy: Reflections on working alongside a young adolescent who experienced childhood trauma.
Dr Phillipa Derrington, Scotland (KEYNOTE) Kate Teggelove
11.15 - 11.45 Morning Break
11:45 - 12:25 Music Therapy in trauma informed child protection - bridging provision, protection and participation
Dr Viggo Krugger, Norway Asami Koike /Rachel Comte
12:25 - 12:50
A survey of music therapy practice with adolescents
Giulia Federico, Italy The spectrum of creative arts therapies in practice in the trauma field
Jae Eun Song
12:50 - 1:30
Developing measurement tools for affective processing in therapy and trauma2
Dr Suvi Saarikallio, Finland Kate Aitkinson
1:30 - 2:30 Lunch Break
2:30 - 3:10 Clinical music therapy for young people with post traumatic stress disorder
Dr Andreas Woelfl, Germany Dr Carmen Cheong-Clinch
3:10 - 3:50 From participation to democracy: Action research in the music room
Ingeborg Nebulung, Norway Cindy Lai
3:50 - 4:30 Final reflections on practice in Australian and internationally
Professor Katrina McFerran, Australia Including book Launch: Handbook of Music, Adolescents, and Wellbeing. Editors: Katrina McFerran, Philippa Derrington & Suvi Saarikallio
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      • Key Dates

      • Early Bird Registration 20 July 2019 – Friday 20 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