Opportunities & Events

USW Music Therapy and Autism Conference

Location: University of South Wales, Newport City Campus, NP20 2BP | Start Date: Saturday 16th November 2019


We invite you to join us for an informative day of paper presentations from experienced colleagues, and poster presentations from USW students and recent graduates to explore a range of perspectives on how we work with autistic people in music therapy.


Speakers will draw from resonant fields of music psychology, critical disability studies and transdisciplinary working to provide a range of lenses for reflecting upon and understanding practice. This rich, diverse programme offers opportunities for training and qualified music therapists, other arts therapists, teachers, early years practitioners, counsellors and other practitioners with a range of research and practice interests to engage in meaningful dialogue about music therapy and autism. The day will be chaired and the discussions led by Elizabeth Coombes (Music Therapist, Course Leader, PhD Researcher). The programme includes: • Dr. Neta Spiro (Research Fellow, Royal College of Music and Honorary Research Fellow, Imperial College London): Scaling up and scaling down: Perspectives on outcome measurement in research with children with autism. • Beth Pickard (Music Therapist, Senior Lecturer, PhD Researcher): Autism Diagnosis or Neurodivergent Identity? • Tina Warnock (Belltree Music Therapy CIC): How Non-Verbal Voicework in Music Therapy can Support Intersubjective Relatedness for Children with Autistic Spectrum Conditions. • Emma Maclean (Music Therapist, NHS Lothian; Lecturer, Queen Margaret University) and Claire Tillotson (Freelance Music Therapist): How do Music Therapists Share? Exploring Collaborative Approaches in Educational Settings for Children with Autistic Spectrum Conditions. • USW Students and Graduates, Poster Presentations sponsored by Jessica Kingsley Publishers Cost £75 (Students £35) Refreshments and lunch included To book, visit: https://bit.ly/2JNyVhK