Music therapy and Mental Health Recovery Seminar in UL

On Friday 14th June from 2.00pm-4.00pm, University of Limerick will be hosting a Music Therapy and Mental Health Recovery Seminar.

As recovery is a prevailing vision for modern mental health services internationally, it is timely to consider its current state of play in relation to music therapy practice. Over the past ten years much discussion has emerged about the role of music therapy in supporting mental health recovery with suggestion that the central beliefs and value systems of both are closely aligned. In response to this discussion, the Alliance for Recovery Research in Music Therapy (ARRIMT) was established in 2017, comprising of music therapy practitioners and researchers from Australia, Ireland, Norway and the United Kingdom. This seminar will feature work of the ARRIMT through case study and research examples to illustrate the role and impact of music therapy in a recovery-oriented context.

Seminar Speakers

Dr Catherine Carr is NIHR Clinical Trials Fellow with the Pragmatic Clinical Trials Unit, Research Fellow in the Unit for Social and Community Psychiatry, Queen Mary University of London and music therapist in mental health care for older people’s inpatient services in East London NHS Foundation Trust. She currently leads the ERA trial, which looks at the effectiveness of group art, music and dance movement therapy in community mental health services.

Dr Hans Petter Solli is post doc researcher at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, Norway. His main research interest is music therapy in mental health care, especially how music therapy can facilitate recovery for people diagnosed with psychosis. He has worked as music therapist for nearly 15 years, and has established two music therapy programs at Lovisenberg Diakonale Hospital, Oslo.

Dr Tríona McCaffrey is lecturer on the MA Music Therapy Programme at the Irish World Academy of Music & Dance, University of Limerick. She has practiced as a music therapist in community mental health, psychiatry of old age and mental health recovery. Her research focusses on the role of music therapy to promote of mental well-being with particular interests in arts-based methods, service user inclusion and mental health recovery.

Dr Cherry Hense is a Music Therapist who has dedicated most of her career to developing recovery-based music programmes with young people experiencing mental ill-health. She has worked both clinically in youth mental health services and as a post-doctoral researcher at The University of Melbourne, exploring young people’s experiences with music during mental health recovery.

This event has been approved for 2 External CPD Credits from the College of Psychiatrists of Ireland. To book a free place register at

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