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National Conference Series Webinar #6 - Jeanette Kennelly, Beth Dun & Natalie Jack

Learn how a unique framework for supervision was developed for the music therapy profession in Australia.
National Conference Series Webinar #6 - Jeanette Kennelly, Beth Dun & Natalie Jack

Time & Location

12 Oct, 4:00 pm AEDT

About the Event

Presentation Summary

“Note by Note”: Developing a supervision framework for music therapists

Music therapists practising in Australia seek supervision to support their professional practice and the maintenance of competencies. Best practice supervision guidelines for music therapists across the globe are limited and not always informed by an evidence base.

This paper will present the history behind the development of a supervision framework for music therapists. Current evidence supports the importance and need for professional supervision in music therapy as a way of addressing and maintaining accountability and best practice. Integrated findings demonstrate there are significant discrepancies between the importance of supervision presented in the Australian Music Therapy Association’s (AMTA™) guidelines and what occurs in practice. In 2015 a submission was made to the Board of AMTA™ outlining and advocating for the development of an evidence based supervision framework and guidelines to support supervision practice for Australian-based RMTs. Following this submission a working party was formed to begin this work. The framework presented in this paper is the result of consultation with RMTs across Australia (including sessions from the AMTA™’s Professional Development Seminars, data collected from AMTA™’s 2016 Workforce Census, online discussion forums, and a comprehensive review of available literature (including existing supervision frameworks and guidelines from music therapy and other relevant organisations both locally and internationally).

This presentation will outline the process involved in the creation of this framework including considerations for policy development in supervision for music therapists practising internationally.

Speaker Profiles

Dr Jeanette Kennelly

Jeanette Kennelly is a highly experienced music therapist, academic lecturer and professional supervisor who has worked across a range of paediatric clinical areas since 1995. She has a strong belief in the transformative medium of music as a way of creating meaningful connections between therapist and client, teacher and student and supervisor/supervisee.

Jeanette was the inaugural Senior music therapist at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Brisbane between 1995 and 2009 and an academic lecturer/tutor in music therapy at the University of Queensland between 2003 and 2015. She currently works as the Clinical Lead in music therapy at the Qld Children’s Hospital, with young children and families at Grow Medical Clinic (Highgate Hill) and runs a private business called Inspiravision. Specialising in the fields of paediatric neuro-rehabilitation and professional supervision, Jeanette has presented widely on these topics and is published in a variety of music therapy and non-music therapy specific refereed journals and books. She completed her PhD on the topic of professional supervision for Australian-based music therapists and is a recipient of the 2013 Dean’s award for Research Higher Degree Excellence (University of Queensland).

Ms Beth Dun

Beth was the inaugural music therapist at the Royal Children's Hospital in 1991 and is now Manager of Child Life Therapy and Music Therapy at RCH. She has been involved in the supervision of music therapy students and staff, and was the coordinator of clinical placements for music therapy at RCH for over 25 years.

Ms Natalie Jack

Natalie is a supervisor, Registered Music Therapist and mental health clinician with over 20 years of experience. Natalie’s areas of interest include music therapy in forensic mental health, ethics in practice, and of course, supervision and support for professionals. Natalie is an active member of the Australian Music Therapy Association and the Australian Clinical Supervision Association, currently their president. Natalie holds a post graduate qualification in Music Therapy, and a Masters in Mental Health Science. She currently runs a private practice providing online and in-person supervision to health and helping professionals from all disciplines, and is the Senior Music Therapist at Peninsula Health in Melbourne. Natalie has presented at many national and international conferences, worked in policy development for the Australian Music Therapy Association, and completed sessional lecturing and supervision for music therapy and creative arts therapy students at the University of Melbourne.

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