Journal article

Hanging Out and Buying in: Rethinking Relationship Building to Avoid Tokenism When Striving for Collaboration in Music Therapy

Lucy Bolger, Katrina Skewes Mcferran, Brynjulf Stige

Music Therapy Perspectives | OXFORD UNIV PRESS INC | Published : 2018


The therapeutic relationship is central to music therapy practice. In this article, the authors describe an important thread of learning about relationship building that emerged in an action research project with three communities supporting marginalized young people in Melbourne, Australia. Specifically, this article articulates critical considerations about relationship building for music therapists striving for collaboration in their practice. Collaboration and participatory practice are increasingly described in the music therapy literature, reflecting contemporary notions of inclusion and consumer participation worldwide. As music therapy practices continue to evolve in an increasingly ..

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