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An investigation of music therapists’ experiences of verbal dialogue in music therapy sessions

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dc.contributor.author Nelligan, Siobhán
dc.contributor.author McCaffrey, Tríona Mary
dc.date.accessioned 2020-04-21T10:40:34Z
dc.date.available 2020-04-21T10:40:34Z
dc.date.issued 2020
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/8749
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract This study presents a preliminary exploration of music therapists’ first-hand experiences of engaging in verbal dialogue with clients in their clinical practice. To the authors’ knowledge no previous studies have examined the role of verbal dialogue from the first-hand perspectives of experienced professionals working in the field. Three individual interviews were conducted with three accredited Irish music therapists. Four central themes emerged as a result of thematic content analysis: content and function of verbal dialogue, the use of verbal dialogue may contribute to professional ambiguity, returning to the music, and the dyadic relationship between musical and verbal exchange. The findings revealed verbal dialogue to be a topic of interest for the participants in this study, one which stimulated meaningful reflections about clinical practice. The implications for professional identity and clinical practice which arose distinguished verbal dialogue as a potential area for further research and professional discourse within the wider music therapy community. Suggestions were made for additional areas of learning that may assist in preparing trainee and newly-qualified music therapists for potentially challenging verbal encounters with clients. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Gamut en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Voices:A World Forum for Music Therapy;20,(1)
dc.subject music therapy en_US
dc.subject verbal dialogue en_US
dc.subject verbal processing en_US
dc.title An investigation of music therapists’ experiences of verbal dialogue in music therapy sessions en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.15845/voices.v20i1.2868
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.internal.rssid 2946490


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