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December 22, 2014
 
 
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Dr. Heidi Ahonen

Professor of Music Therapy; Director of the Manfred and Penny Conrad Institute for Music Therapy Research (CIMTR)

Contact Information
Email: hahonen@wlu.ca
Phone: 519-884-1970 ext.2431

Office Location: A209

Languages Spoken

English
Finnish

Academic Background
PhD; MA; MTA; FAMI; OSP (Clinical Member)
Biography

Dr. Heidi Ahonen (www.heidiahonen.net), MA; MTA; FAMI; Professor of Music Therapy (since 2001), Director of the Manfred and Penny Conrad Institute for Music Therapy Research (www.soundeffects.wlu.ca) (since 2003); received a PhD from Joensuu University (1998), Finland, and an MA from the University of Helsinki (1990). Heidi worked at the North Karelia Polytechnic, Finland (1990-2001) and established their music therapy training programme prior to moving to Canada in 2001, She also trained music therapists at Sibelius Academy, Finland (1990-2002), and psychotherapists at the Finnish Mental Health Association, Psychotherapy Institute (1999-2005). Since 1990, Heidi has lectured and conducted experiential workshops in the health care community and various Universities in both Europe and North-America. Most recently, Heidi has conducted Vicarious Trauma Workshops around the globe.

 Academic Interests

Heidi’s research program covers a wide range of qualitative music psychotherapy research, i.e. Group Analytic Music Therapy, and clinical improvisation, and evidence-based Music Medicine research, i.e. low frequency sound wave research (www.musicmedicinecollaboration.com). Heidi’s research projects have covered various clinical populations i.e. PTSD, psychological trauma, depression, burn-out, Alzheimers, Parkinsons, and Vibromyalgia. Heidi has extensive clinical supervision and research supervision experience. Specializing in phenomenology, grounded theory, fenomenography, narrative inquiry, and arts based research, Heidi has supervised over 50 postgraduate/masters-level theses and research papers in 7 different Universities in Europe and North-America. She has been the external examiner/public opponent of ten doctorate dissertations, and served as an external examiner of CIHR, Canada, several scholarly journals, and other Universities’ arts therapy programmes, i.e. U of Hertfordshire and the Irish World Academy.

Heidi has published widely in psychotherapy, group analysis, and music therapy topics: eight books, 24 book chapters, and 35 scholarly articles. She has presented papers and workshops at 50+ conferences all over the world, including dozens of invited papers and key-note presentations, most recently a keynote about the link between Music Psychotherapy and Music Medicine at the CAMT 2013 conference. Heidi is the author of Group Analytic Music Therapy (2007), Barcelona Publishers. (www.barcelonapublishers.com/agmt.htm).

Heidi has published widely in psychotherapy, group analysis, and music therapy topics: eight books, 24 book chapters, and 35 scholarly articles. She has presented papers and workshops at 50+ conferences all over the world, including dozens of invited papers and key-note presentations, most recently a keynote about the link between Music Psychotherapy and Music Medicine at the CAMT 2013 conference. Heidi is the author of Group Analytic Music Therapy (2007), Barcelona Publishers. (www.barcelonapublishers.com/agmt.htm).

Major Books Authored:

2007 Group Analytic Music Therapy. Gilsum. NH. Barcelona Publishers.

2000/1992 Musiikki—Sanaton kieli. Musiikkiterapian perusteet. [Music—language without words. The basics of music therapy]. Finnlectura Oy. HKI., 3. prints.

1999 Samalle aaltopituudelle—kohtaaminen musiikin avulla. [To the same tune— meeting in the musical world]. Kirjayhtymä oy. Hki.

1998 ”Musiikillinen dialogi" ja muita musiikkiterapeuttien työskentelytapoja ja lasten musiikkiterapian muotoja. [Musical dialog and other working methods of music therapists and forms of music therapy for children]. Doctorate thesis. University of Joensuu. Faculty of Education. N:o 45. Joensuu University Printing House.

1994 Löytöretki itseen. [Exploring oneself. Music, picture and movement as a tool of self expression and insight]. Musiikki, kuva ja liike itseilmaisun välineenä ja itsetuntemuksen lisääjänä. Kirjayhtymä Oy. HKI. 2. prints.

1994 Taide Psykososiaalisen työn välineenä. [Arts as a tool of psychosocial work]. (Heidi Ahonen-Eerikainen Ed.). PohjoisKarjalan Ammattikorkeakoulun julkaisu sarja A/2, opetushallitus.Raamattupaino, Pieksämäki 2. prints.

Major Chapters in Books (Last 5 years):

2013 Group Analytic Music Therapy. In: The Oxford Handbook of Music Therapy. Ed. Jane Edwards. Oxford University Press. (Invited chapter- submitted)

2013 Group Analytic Music Therapy Supervision. In: Music Therapy Experiental Education. Ed. Ken Bruscia. Barcelona Publishers. (Invited chapter-submitted)

2011 Ahonen, H. & Lee, C.A. The Meta-Musical Experiences of a Professional String Quartet in Music-Centered Psychotherapy. Case Studies of Music Therapy (A. Meadows Ed.) 518-541

2009 Ryhmäanalyysin tietoiset ja tiedostamattomat vuorovaikutustasot. [Conscious and uncoscious levels of groupanalysis] In: Lindroos, H. & Segercrantz U. (Eds.). Yksiloksi Ryhmassa [Individuation in a group]. Gaudeamus. Hki. 49-65

Major Papers in refereed Journals:

2013 Ahonen, H., Deek, P, Kroeker, J. Low Frequency Sound Treatment Promoting Well-Being– Qualitative Study. Int. J. of Psychosoc. Reh. (In Press)

2009 King, Lauren K., Almeida, Quincy J., Ahonen, H. Short-term effects of vibration therapy on motor impairments in Parkinson's disease. NeuroRehabilitation, Vol. 25, No. 4. (2009), pp. 297-306.

2009 Ahonen, H. & Houde, M. (2009). Something in the Air: Journeys of Self-Actualization in Musical Improvisation. Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy.

2008 Tiidus, P.M, , Markoulakis, R., Murray, D., Pamela J. Bryden, P.J, Ahonen Eerikäinen, H. Physioacoustic therapy: placebo effect on recovery from exercise-induced muscle damage. Acta Kinesiologiae Universitatis Tartuensis Vol. 13, pp. 117-128. (Toivo Jurimae Ed.).Tartu University Press. Estonia.

2007 Ahonen-Eerikainen, H., Lamont, A., Knox, R.. Seeing Through the Looking Glass— Enhancing Participation and Restoring Self-Image through the VMI. International Journal of Psychosocial Rehabilation.

2007 Ahonen-Eerikainen, H., Rippin, K., Sibille, N., Koch, R., Dawn, D. “Not bad for an old 85 year old!” —The Qualitative Analysis of the Role of Music, Therapeutic Benefits and Group Therapeutic Factors of the St. Joseph’s Alzheimer’s Adult Day Program Music Therapy Group. Canadian Music Therapy 2, 37-64.

2004 Musically Elicited Images as Unique Clinical Data during the Process of Group Analysis with Traumatized Adults. British Journal of Music Therapy. Vol. 18/1, 2429.

2003 Using GroupAnalytic Supervision Approach When Supervising Music Therapists. Nordic Journal of Music Therapy. 12(2), 173183.

2002 Groupanalytic music therapy. Nordic Journal of Music Therapy. 11(1), 4854.

1999 Different Forms of Music Therapy and Working Styles of Music Therapists— qualitative study. Nordic Journal of Music Therapy, 8(2), 156167.

Media:

Globe and Mail Interview, April 2013

CTV Provincial Interview April 2013

Grand Magazine interview July 2012

U of T Magazine interview June 2012

Records Interview 2009

Records Interview 2007

Metro Toronto Interview 2007


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