Irish Association of Creative Arts Therapists

Irish Association of Creative Arts Therapists
99 Music Therapy members (out of 411 Creative Arts Therapy members)

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Country Representative

Katie Fitzpatrick

Music Therapist

I have been a music therapist since 2018. My main areas of interest are chronic pain in adults and child and adolescent mental health. I currently work as a senior music therapist in an outpatient pain management centre at the University of Limerick Hospitals Group, in county Limerick.

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Discover more about Music Therapy in Ireland

Music Therapy has been practiced in Ireland for many years. In 1998 an MA in Music Therapy was established at the University of Limerick. Despite issues regarding lack of government recognition of the profession of music therapy, the profession is growing in Ireland in strength and numbers. Our professional body, the Irish Association of Creative Arts Therapists (IACAT) was formed in 1986 and currently has 99 music therapists as members.

The majority of music therapists in Ireland engage in integrative practice, affording flexibility to work within a range of settings and allowing individual needs to guide therapeutic approaches. Theoretical foundations include humanistic music therapy, psychodynamic music therapy, Nordoff-Robbins, community music therapy, resource-orientated music therapy, guided imagery and music, and neurologic music therapy. The MA in Music Therapy at the University of Limerick is eclectic in approach.

The biggest issue for Irish music therapists is the lack of statutory recognition or protected title for music therapists. This lack of safe guarding for our clients and a lack of established and recognised pay scales for music therapists are key issues for the profession. This is an area IACAT has been pursuing relentlessly. We are currently trying to establish music therapy as a profession on the national body which governs our Health and Social Care Professional colleagues.

There is a two-year full-time Masters in Music Therapy available in Ireland at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick. Entry into the profession is masters level in Ireland and the course in Limerick is currently the only way to qualify as a music therapist on the island of Ireland. PhD study in music therapy is also available at this centre.

There is a centre of music therapy research at the University of Limerick with three members of faculty, many guest lecturers, and currently 5 PhD students. Research projects are also in progress in a number of healthcare institutions. IACAT publish Polyphony, an online academic peer reviewed journal:  Details of the extensive music therapy evidence base in Ireland can be found here:

Music therapy in Ireland is governed by the Irish Association of Creative Arts Therapists (IACAT). This body is run by a council of elected members and encompasses Music therapy, Art therapy, Dramatherapy and Dance movement therapy. Membership of IACAT is approximately 411 individuals, 99 of whom are music therapists.