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Music therapy as a tool for inclusion

A presentation by the acknowledged Greek music therapist Evangelia Papanikolaou.

The presentation is in English, and is open for all!

Nowadays, most western societies have become diverse and multicultural. People present with different needs, have diverse cultural backgrounds, belief systems, and values that make them vulnerable within a psychosocial context. Issues of culture, gender, race, disability, or feminism often are expressed as vulnerability within the society and are also reflected on music therapy practice.

How can music be used as a tool for inclusion? How can music therapy bridge the gap between all these different aspects of people’s personalities to strengthen them in a psychological and social level?

In this presentation we will focus on music’s multicultural character and its properties that are helpful towards building resilience, empowering people, and helping them claim their identity in a beneficial, creative, and harmless way. Basic music therapeutic approaches will be presented in order to gain an understanding how music therapy can incorporate diversity and use it in an efficient way to meet people’s diverse needs.

Evangelia Papanikolaou, PhD, FAMI, EAMI, Music therapist, clinical supervisor and trainer in the Guided Imagery and Music, Music Imagery and Music Breathing methods. Scientific Director of SONORA Organization for Music Therapy and Research (Greece).

The presentation/workshop is being implemented under the Active citizens fund in Greece ( by Sonora Organisation for Music Therapy and Research and its partner, Oslo Metropolitan University (Norway).

The Active citizens fund in Greece is supported through a € 15 m grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway as part of the EEA Grants 2014–2021. The programme aims to develop the sustainability and capacity of the civil society sector in Greece, and to strengthen its role in promoting and safeguarding democratic procedures, active citizenship and human rights. The Fund Operator for the Active citizens fund in Greece is Bodossaki Foundation in consortium with SolidarityNow.

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