Journal article

Current Practices and Considerations for International Development Music Therapy: A World Federation of Music Therapy Scoping Project

Lucy Elizabeth Bolger, Katrina Skewes McFerran

Voices A World Forum for Music Therapy | Universtity of Bergen Library | Published : 2020


The World Federation of Music Therapy (WFMT) Research and Ethics Commission conducted a scoping project to gather information about music therapy practices in international development contexts.  Seventeen music therapists with experience in international development projects (out of 55 approached) responded to 14 questions about their work. Their responses indicated that work is generally short-medium term project work, often with follow up visits or online contact when possible to support sustainability. Work is commonly in the areas of disability or with refugees/displaced persons and often has a strong skills-sharing component to support ongoing project impact.

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