Above and Beyond the Basics: Clinical Supervision within a Music Therapy Agency

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Brundage, Laetitia
Master of Arts in Music Therapy
Participation in professional supervision within music therapy is considered to be an ethical imperative and is required for members of the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA, 2013), yet most literature still discusses the experiences of students and interns, with little research exploring the professional world of supervision. Additionally, much of the literature explores traditional models of supervision, with very few instances of the exploration of a feminist, humanistic, and community-based model. This thesis will outline a model for incorporating feminist, humanistic and community-based theoretically informed approaches for supervision into a music therapy agency in order to promote an environment of connectedness, support, challenge and growth, where the mental health and professional development of clinicians is just as important as the clients served.