What Can I Do? Action Planning to Promote Equity in Our Profession (and Beyond)

Francis Myerscough, Beth Pickard, Davina Wilson, Hilary Davies

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When we sit in positions of privilege, we can feel stuck, not knowing how to support those who have not received the same privilege as ourselves. However, positions of privilege are positions in which we often have power to make change (Hadley, 2013). This workshop provides a space to think together with colleagues from minoritised and marginalised groups about how we can progress to greater equity in our profession, meeting diversity with real – and not tokenistic – inclusion.

Presenters will highlight areas of work in which we encounter barriers as a starting point from which participants can develop concrete and specific action plans; these may respond directly to the starting points, or emerge from further discussion. The aim is for participants to leave with clear and practical ways to disrupt a status quo that does not meet the diverse needs of our population – specifically the therapist population and those we work with, but also with potentially broader ramifications.


Hadley, S. (2013). Dominant Narratives: Complicity and the Need for Vigilance in the Creative Arts Therapies. The Arts in Psychotherapy. 40. 373-381. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.aip.2013.05.007
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 12 Jun 2022
EventThe 12th European Music Therapy Conference: Music Therapy in Progress: Please Disturb - Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 Jun 202212 Jun 2022


ConferenceThe 12th European Music Therapy Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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