41. World Music Therapy Day: Anita L. Swanson, Ph.D., MT-BC

In this episode, Anita and Tricia discuss global perspectives in Music Therapy and how the World Federation of Music Therapy is connecting Music Therapists across continents.

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Anita L. Swanson, Ph.D., MT-BC is passionate about assisting future and current music therapists. She also enjoys promoting global music therapy connections. Dr. Swanson is now in her third term as a Council member of the World Federation of Music Therapy. She currently serves as Secretary and previously served as North American Regional Liaison and Public Relations Chair.

Dr. Swanson frequently presents across the United States and internationally on a wide range of topics. Often, she provides in-services to classroom teachers about how to successfully integrate students with unique learning needs into their classrooms. She has published in several journals including the Journal of Music TherapyMusic Therapy PerspectivesMusic Therapy TodayNordic Journal of Music TherapyAustralian Journal of Music TherapyMusic and Medicine, and International Journal of School and Educational Psychology. Her book Treatment Planning for Music Therapy Cases is available from Sarsen Publishing.

Prior to becoming a professor, Dr. Swanson was in private practice. She served a plethora of populations, including intensive work with children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder. More recently, she engaged in physical, communicative, social, and emotional work with persons who have neurological disorders or traumatic brain injuries. Many of Dr. Swanson’s research studies stem from her practice and service work. Thus, her research interests include communication (including Augmentative and Alternative Communication), interprofessional education and training, and music therapy and its development in different cultures.

Dr. Swanson is currently practicing in Austin, TX. She serves several populations including mental health, hospice, and children affected by parental incarceration.

Connect with Anita on LinkedIn and Twitter, and email her at secretary@wfmt.info

Find the World Federation of Music Therapy on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Youtube, and LinkedIn

World Federation of Music Therapy resources: World Music Therapy Day and photo contest, membership, student resources, Regional Liaisons’ Blog, World Congress and scholarship application, Music Therapy Today, and International Library of Music

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Gadberry, A. L. (2012). Treatment planning for music therapy cases. Denton, TX: Sarsen

Swanson, A. L. (2019). Supervision in music therapy. A continuing education course

Gadberry, A. L. (2012). What music therapists need to know about augmentative and alternative communication. Three-hour continuing education course

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