Is there a role for Music Therapy in mental health services in Ireland?

 Music & Health Research Group
in conjunction with
Irish World Academy

 ‘Is there a role for Music Therapy in mental health services in Ireland?

March 9th– 2.30-5.00pm

Irish World Academy, University of Limerick


Speakers: Professor Jane Edwards, Tríona McCaffrey- Music & Health Research Group, Sue Baines – Music Therapist, Canada, Tommy Hayes – Limerick Mental Health Services & Dr Dominic Fannon- Consultant Psychiatrist, Recovery Team, Mayo Mental Health Services.

Professor Jane Edwards joined the Irish World Academy in 1999 after 7 years leading the music therapy programme at the University of Queensland. Australia. She is Director for the Music & Health Research Group, founded to bring together researchers from Ireland, Germany and Norway in collaborative research about the arts in healthcare. Jane is an experienced clinician, researcher and teacher, with specialist expertise in music in medical contexts, and music therapy in family centred care. She is the President of the International Association for Music & Medicine ( In 2011 she is convening a summer school "Qualitative methods in healthcare research" at UL funded by IRCHSS and in collaboration with colleagues from NUIG, and UL faculty from Occupational Therapy and Sociology.  

Tríona McCaffrey is a graduate of the MA in Music Therapy Programme at the Irish World Academy and has worked as a music therapy practitioner in mental health for four years having established a full-time position in Mayo Mental Health Services. She has worked in the areas of Recovery, community mental health and Psychiatry of Old Age and is particularly interested in service users experience of mental health services in Ireland. Tríona currently lectures on the MA Music Therapy programme at the Academy.  

Sue Baines, MMT, MTA is an internationally renowned Music Therapist who has worked in mental health and long term care for many years. She teaches in the Bachelor of Music Therapy program at Capilano College in North Vancouver, Canada and is a Fellow of the Association for Music and Imagery having trained at the Southeast Institute for Music Centred Psychotherapy in Atlanta, GA.  Sue completed her Masters in Music Therapy from New York University and has published a number of articles in Music Therapy and other disciplinary publications. She has taught workshops and seminars across Canada as well as in the United States and South Africa.

Dr Dominic Fannon MD, MMSc, MRCPsych, MSc (CBT) Dr Fannon is a consultant general adult psychiatrist with a special interest in rehabilitation with the Recovery Team, Mayo Mental Health Service and visiting senior lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, London. He is Chair of Faculty of Social and Rehabilitation Psychiatry, College of Psychiatry of Ireland. He trained on the western region postgraduate training scheme and at the Maudsley Hospital. His special interests include psychological treatment of psychosis and early intervention.

Tommy Hayes completed a Master’s Degree in Music Therapy from the University of Limerick in 2002. He currently works as a Music Therapist in a variety of clinical settings in the area of special needs and mental health and has extensive experience of working with adolescents.  He is in his final year of training as a ‘Guided Imagery & Music’ therapist with Professor Leslie Bunt. Tommy is also a renowned percussionist at the forefront of traditional Irish music for over 30 years, having performed and recorded with most of the great names in traditional music and beyond.  He has released two solo albums “An Ras” and “A Room in the North” and has recorded music for a number of film and theatre productions with output numbers in excess of 400 albums.  

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