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

Mangiacotti, Anthony ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1535-4974, Franco, Fabia ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1327-1080, Hsu, Ming Hung and Biasutti, Michele (2021) Evaluating a continuing professional development course on cognitive functions for Music Therapists working in care homes. The Arts in Psychotherapy, 74 , 101800. ISSN 0197-4556 [Article] (doi:10.1016/j.aip.2021.101800)

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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.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology
Item ID: 32882
Notes on copyright: © 2021. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
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Depositing User: Fabia Franco
Date Deposited: 06 Apr 2021 14:10
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2022 17:49
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/32882

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