Episode 58: LGBTQ: Best Practices in Music Therapy With Annette Whitehead-Pleaux

Music therapists regularly interact with individuals and communities who are in some way in the minority. Whether due to disability, circumstance, or some other reason, it’s part of our professional and ethical responsibility to be informed about and sensitive to the needs of these communities. In this 58th episode of the Music Therapy Round Table podcast, we are excited to chat with Annette Whitehead-Pleaux, one of the music therapists who spearheaded the development of best practice standards related to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (or LGBTQ) community.

Having worked in music therapy for over 20 years, Annette Whitehead-Pleaux currently teaches at  St. Mary-of-The-Woods College and works with pediatric burn patients at Shriners Hospitals for Children-Boston.

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There she provides clinical services that focus on pain management, anxiety management, reduction in trauma symptoms, body image, improving fine and gross motor skills, and quality of life issues.

Annette has conducted a variety of clinical research on the effects of music therapy on pain and anxiety. She has also written about using music assisted technology into music therapy practice and multicultural issues. She is very active in the American Music Therapy Association as the current Speaker of the Assembly of Delegate, co-chair of the Standards of Clinical Practice Committee, a member of the Financial Approval Committee, a member of the Music Therapy Perspectives Editorial Board, and on several work groups.  She has a passion for knitting and being a mom.

Items mentioned in the episode

  • [Article] Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning: Best Practices in Music Therapy
  • [Resource] Music Therapy LGBTQ/Allies Connection fb group

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