A Guide to Research Ethics for Arts Therapists and Arts and Health Practitioners

Author(s) : Giorgos Tsiris, Author(s) : Mercedes Pavlicevic, Author(s) : Camilla Farrant

A Guide to Research Ethics for Arts Therapists and Arts and Health Practitioners

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This practical guide aims to inspire ethically-aware practitioners to become ethically-aware researchers, evaluators and participants. Conducting a research project, whatever the setting, requires not only knowledge of research methods but also an in-depth understanding of research ethics. Embedded in 'real life' experiences of research ethics applications, this guide navigates the reader through research ethics procedures, drawing from legislation and a range of research ethics committee regulations.

Although the emphasis is on research, ethical considerations presented in this guide are equally relevant and applicable to other types of enquiry, including monitoring and evaluation projects. Whether leading a research project, being part of a research team or taking part as a research participant, this book is essential reading for all arts & health practitioners and arts therapists.

About the Author(s)

Giorgos Tsiris trained as a music therapist at Nordoff Robbins (London, UK), where he is now conducting his doctoral research on spirituality and music therapy. He is research assistant at Nordoff Robbins and a music therapist at St Christopher's Hospice. He is the founding editor of the open access journal, Approaches: Music Therapy & Special Music Education, and coordinator of the Research Network of the British Association for Music Therapy.

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Mercedes Pavlicevic completed the Nordoff Robbins London training in 1981, and her doctoral studies in Music Therapy Improvisation at the Department of Psychology with Colwyn Trevarthen in 1991. As a music therapist she has worked in a range of institutional and community settings, in Scotland, in the Lebanon and in South Africa. Mercedes co-instituted and was Director of the Master's Music Therapy programme at the University of Pretoria until 2006 - this was the first accredited training programme on the African Continent. She has authored, co-authored and edited numerous music therapy publications. She is currently Research Director at Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy, and Research Associate at SOAS Music Department, at the University of London.

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Camilla Farrant trained as a music therapist on the Master's degree programme at Nordoff Robbins, London, after reading Music at Christ's College, Cambridge University and studying the cello and piano at the Royal Academy of Music. She currently works as a Research Assistant within the Nordoff Robbins Research Department, works as a choral conductor and music therapist with children in mainstream primary schools in Enfield and sings professionally.

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