The last decade has seen a growing body of literature and research focusing on music therapy in Neonatal Intensive Care Units. This includes working with premature (Bieleninik et al., 2016) and full term infants (Shoemark & Dearn, 2015), their parents (Loewy et al., 2021) and other family members during or post hospitalisation, using a variety of techniques to support goals ranging from regulating vital signs to palliative care. In many European countries, however, music therapy in neonatal units is still in its infancy or non-existent. This round table will offer experiences and reflections from six music therapists who have developed and led music therapy programs in NICUs in Estonia, Greece, Netherlands, Norway, Spain and Wales where music therapy with this population has only been in existence for a short time. After brief descriptions about planning, development and content of each NICU program, we want to engage in a discussion -encouraging audience participation- that will include cultural considerations (Shoemark & Ettenberger, 2020), challenges and opportunities regarding sustainability and growth of such NICU music therapy programs in an attempt to explore new directions and possibilities for NICU music therapy work.
|9 Jun 2022
|The 12th European Music Therapy Conference: Music Therapy in Progress: Please Disturb
|Edinburgh, United Kingdom
|Degree of Recognition
- Music Therapy