Bridging Distance. Honouring Difference. – Panel Discussions

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Sunday May 30th

The Equity Advisory Council will provide a space where music therapists and students/interns can discuss issues of equity that directly pertain to their professional field. “Conversations on Equity 2021” will take place over a one-hour period. After a brief introduction, conference attendees will have the option to attend two of four 20-minute breakout sessions. Each breakout session will have a specific topic related to equity in music therapy and be moderated by members of the EAC. The moderators will facilitate dialogue, implement parameters for the co-creation and maintenance of a safe and equitable space, and provide additional resources and current research that attendees can use moving beyond these conversations.

There will be four breakout sessions offered at this conference. These topics were chosen in response to the Equity in Music Therapy Forum that occurred in 2020.

  1. 1. What is cultural humility and equity in music therapy?
    2. Using music from different cultures and contexts in therapy
    3. Equity and virtual music therapy
    4. Creating an anti-oppressive space in therapy

After the breakout sessions are completed, all attendees will reconvene and be asked to provide feedback to inform future “Conversation on Equity” sessions. In honour of the CAMT 2021 Conference topic, “Bridging Distance. Honouring Difference,” we hope that “Conversations on Equity” will empower therapists to connect across different experiences in equity and engage in conversations that will bridge the divide in our knowledge of what equitable practice in music therapy can be.


  • – Sarah Bell
  • – Naomi Ben Aharon
  • – Hayley Francis Cann
  • – Gloria Lipski
  • – Shalini Persaud
  • – Daniel Robinson
  • – Dr. Deborah Seabrook
  • – Priya Shah
  • – Kimiko Suzuki

Saturday June 5th

As the number of certified music therapists (MTAs) practicing in Canada continues to rise and awareness of music therapy becomes more widespread, the demand for evidence to ‘prove the value’ of what we do seems greater than ever. However, this demand also reveals disconnects among research funding systems, ‘real world’ practice contexts, and the different types of evidence (or knowledge) needed to foster the evolving role of music therapy within a diverse Canadian society.

This panel will feature several music therapy researchers from across Canada who bring unique experiences and perspectives to the table. They will each share a bit about their own research backgrounds and interests, highlight discoveries, inspirational moments, and challenges, and express their hopes for the future of Canadian music therapy research. More importantly, they want to engage with you––the virtual audience. They want to address your questions and hear your ideas about what kinds of music therapy research we should be doing in Canada and why. Moderated by the Canadian Journal of Music Therapy Editor-in-Chief Dr. SarahRose Black, this interactive panel promises to be a dynamic discussion on key issues that may serve as an impetus for moving forward with a strong Canadian music therapy research agenda.


  • – Dr. SarahRose Black
  • – Annabelle Brault
  • – Dr. Cynthia Bruce
  • – Dr. Amy Clements Cortes
  • – Dr. Cheryl Jones
  • – Dr. Kevin Kirkland
  • – Dr. Laurel Young

Saturday June 12th

CAMT’s Code of Ethics and practice guidelines exist to guide ethical decision-making within therapeutic, professional, and community relationships. This past year has, for so many of us, brought new and complex challenges and questions. These questions, in turn, have prompted us to consider how to best to serve our clients and contribute to eradicating widespread injustice. At times, and for some of us, this has meant unlearning what we thought we knew and transitioning to new ways of practicing, along with new ways of thinking and speaking about our practice. This panel, consisting of current and past CAMT Ethics Chairs and the current MTABC Ethics Chair, will centre our ethical obligations to our clients and the public while exploring themes of relevance to the ethical issues CAMT members are experiencing today.

Panelists will examine issues surrounding ethics in business practice with a focus on client experience and right of choice surrounding the services they receive. The concept of music therapy (mis)representation will be explored, recognizing that while music therapists play a unique and vital role in healthcare, it is also imperative that we ally with the work of other music practitioners in support of the public’s right to access music. Ethical issues pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic will be considered, including those surrounding both in-person and virtual music therapy service delivery. Finally, our mandate to work in allyship with equity seeking groups will be recognized, promoting equity and social justice as ethical imperatives for all music therapists.


  • – Karie Rippin Bilger
  • – Dr. Cynthia Bruce
  • – Jeffrey H. Hatcher
  • – Dr. Elizabeth Mitchell
  • – Ruth Roberts

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