Evaluating a continuing professional development course on cognitive functions for Music Therapists working in care homes

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Mangiacotti, A., Franco, F., Hsu, M. and Biasutti, M. 2021. Evaluating a continuing professional development course on cognitive functions for Music Therapists working in care homes. Arts in Psychotherapy. 74. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.aip.2021.101800
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TitleEvaluating a continuing professional development course on cognitive functions for Music Therapists working in care homes
AuthorsMangiacotti, A., Franco, F., Hsu, M. and Biasutti, M.
Abstract

Scarce research to date has addressed the aspect of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) as a key requirement for qualified music therapists. The present study investigated the benefits of a CPD course based on cognitive neuropsychology, which aimed to develop music therapists’ knowledge and skills in care home settings. The course included 32h of activities spread across 3 months and was attended by 31 music therapists. This course was evaluated using a mixed-methods approach including a semi-structured interview and a quantitative questionnaire. The results revealed that the CPD course brought different benefits meeting the needs of the therapists working in the care homes, which, included: i) improved general knowledge of music cognition, ii) broadened thinking about music therapy practice and clients’ abilities, and iii) an additional clinical and theoretical framework. These results are consistent with previous literature, highlighting the importance of providing advanced training for music therapists. Crucially, the findings highlighted the need for different strategies, techniques and pedagogical approaches in CPD courses, in function of the work setting, to improve attendees’ clinical skills. In addition, the study outlines how a CPD course may be tailored to enhance specific skills and transfer of learning in line with workplace demands.

KeywordsMusic therapy; Continuing professional development ; Neuropsychology; Music education; Professional competences
LanguageEnglish
PublisherElsevier
JournalArts in Psychotherapy
ISSN0197-4556
Publication dates
Online01 Apr 2021
Print01 Jul 2021
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Deposited06 Apr 2021
Accepted29 Mar 2021
Output statusPublished
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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.aip.2021.101800
Web of Science identifierWOS:000653689300012
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