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Perceptions and Experiences in Telehealth Music Therapy Provision from around the Globe

October 17 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am EDT

Telehealth SIG

Join us for an in-depth discussion led by the IAMM Special Interest Group, a collective dedicated to advancing the field of telehealth music therapy. Our focus spans the entire lifespan and encompasses both individual and group therapy settings, delivered from a variety of locations such as homes, hospitals, long-term care facilities, and group homes. Comprising music therapists with specialized expertise in demographics, diagnoses, and clinical approaches like NMT and The Bonny Method, our team has been collaborating since 2020. We have contributed to multiple presentations and spearheaded two major international studies: a comprehensive survey and a follow-up interview study.

In this presentation, we will delve into a groundbreaking International phenomenological mixed-methods study that engaged 572 participants from 29 countries. The study employed an anonymous online survey to gather data on demographics, clinical practice, telehealth provision, and perceptions of telehealth. Our analytical approach included both qualitative and quantitative methods. We used descriptive statistics to summarize the data and inferential statistics to explore relationships between variables. The presentation will conclude with an overview of our findings, limitations of the study, and avenues for future research.

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Amy Clements-Cortes, PhD, RP, MT-BC, MTA, Assistant Professor, Music and Health Sciences, University of Toronto, Music Therapist, Registered Psychotherapist, Managing Editor, Music & Medicine Journal, Canada

Melissa Mercadal-Brotons, PhD, MT-BC, SMTAE; Vice-director of Academic Affairs; Director of Master Program in Music Therapy (Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya; Barcelona, Spain). Past-president WFMT.

Marija Pranjić, MA, MMus, MT-BC, is a PhD candidate in Music and Health Sciences with a specialization in Neuroscience at the University of Toronto. Marija gained her academic and clinical experiences in Croatia, United Kingdom, USA, and Canada.

Indra Selvarajah, PhD (USA), MMT Equivalency (USA), MA(UK); Chair, Global Crises Intervention Commission, WFMT; Founding President, Malaysian Music Therapy Association (MMTA), Music Therapy Lecturer (University Putra of Malaysia).

David Knott, MM, MT-BC is Supervisor of the Creative Arts Therapies at Seattle Children’s Hospital. His clinical and research interests focus on pediatric music therapy service development and telehealth. His creative work centers on improvisation and seeks to invoke resonance in materials and in others.

Lisa Kelly, BA, MA is a music therapist based in Galway, Ireland. She is currently completing PhD research at The University of Limerick in the area of telehealth music therapy for community dwelling people living with dementia and their family caregivers where she also works as an Associate Teacher in Music Therapy.

Rebecca Vaudreuil, MSW, EdM, MT-BC. Independent Researcher (Massachusetts, USA).


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