Volume 12 (1) 2020 – Article (first published on 19 November 2018)
Interprofessional research in Guided Imagery and Music: Working collaboratively
Alison E. Short & Annie Heiderscheit
Interprofessional collaborative research has been gaining momentum as a leading research practice. The challenges posed by the complex nature of the world and healthcare require new and different solutions. These require the diverse skill and collective work of multiple disciplines. As a result, funding agencies are giving priority to interprofessional collaborative research rather than single discipline research. This article focuses on one method of music therapy practice: The Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music (GIM), where practitioners typically work alone. It reviews interprofessional collaboration in current GIM research literature and explores how GIM can benefit from this type of research practice. The authors identify and discuss the competencies and skills needed to successfully engage in interprofessional collaborative research and provide an analysis of two case illustrations of interprofessional research practice in GIM.
Guided Imagery and Music (GIM), interprofessional, research, collaboration
Alison E. Short, PhD, RMT, MT-BC, RGIMT, is Senior Lecturer and Academic Course Advisor of the Master of Music Therapy at Western Sydney University, Australia. She is leader of the University-wide Music and Health Research Cluster, a research member of the MARCS Institute for Brain Behaviour and Development and the Translational Health Research Institute, and is a past President of the Australian Music Therapy Association.
Annie Heiderscheit, PhD, MT-BC, LMFT is the Director of Music Therapy and Associate Professor of Music at Augsburg University. She is the Chair of the publications commission for the World Federation of Music Therapy and the Chair of communications for the International Association of Music and Medicine.