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date: 30 November 2021

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This chapter reflects on a variety of issues that affect ways of taking care of oneself as a music therapy practitioner. The aim is to promote music therapists’ capacity for personal awareness in daily work and/or during periods of time out including sabbaticals. The reflexive focus adopted keeps the music therapist in mind, but other helping professionals could be inspired by the content. Ideas for engaging self-care in order to prevent burnout, compassion fatigue or compassion stress are presented and discussed. Firstly, the text outlines a theoretical matrix. Then the needs and resources that are linked to wear and tear for the music therapist are presented. The next section focusses on self-care related to the music therapist’s different contexts and roles as a music therapist, musician, teacher, and researcher. Self-experience and supervision are also considered. The text ends with a discussion and concluding comments.

Keywords: self-care for music therapists, compassion fatigue, stress and coping in professional practice, arts based self-care for therapy practice, personal growth and development

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