In this episode, Annette tells about her research and courses regarding LGBTQ+ and her thoughts on the importance of cultural responsiveness.

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Annette Whitehead-Pleaux, MA, MT-BC, is the Executive Director of the Center for Cultural Responsiveness, a nonprofit that provides education, training, and supervision in diversity, inclusion, and equity to colleges, universities, and practitioners. In addition, Annette teaches at Berklee College of Music, Loyola University New Orleans, St. Mary-of-the-Woods College, Colorado State University, and Lesley University.
Clinically, Annette has worked as a therapist and supervisor. Annette has worked a pediatric burn hospital, in mental health at public and private hospitals, intimate partner violence, and with children who have intellectual and developmental disabilities and mental health concerns. Annette has been a supervisor of clinical music therapists and students for 25 years.   
Annette is an active researcher and focused on pain, anxiety, electronic music technology, and cultural responsiveness in music therapy. They have ten publications in peer reviewed journals and 12 chapters. Annette is co-editor of Cultural Intersections in Music Therapy: Music, Health, and the Person. Annette is a frequent presenter and trainer at conferences across the globe.
Finally, Annette has held several positions in the American Music Therapy Association. They are currently the Chair of the Education and Training Advisory Board. In addition, Annette is a founding member of Team Rainbow.

You can email Annette at and find her on Facebook and Instagram.

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