Training in gender affirming voicework
There is a training process for music therapists and graduate level music therapy students who would like to facilitate the music therapy method of gender affirming voicework services for others. Through working with the first cohort of trainees from 1/2023 to present, we've recognized a need to adjust the training process to better support individuals as they ground into this work. The training process will continue to be refined moving forward (in particular with teasing apart Levels I & II), but it will consist of the following:
Level I: Foundations - Developing understandings of key theories and concepts while also engaging in inter-therapy work to explore the voice, gender and embodiment.
Level II: Facilitation - Practicing the facilitation of gender affirming voicework within an inter-therapy model and through the use of case vignettes
Level III: Clinical work - Engaging in clinical work under direct supervision of an experienced voiceworker
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Learn more about gender affirming voicework
Please note: The term "gender affirming voicework" refers to a very specific set of ideas initially developed by Maevon Gumble and which Braedyn Inmon and k schachner have joined in developing in relation to gender and voice-focused music therapy. While it is not the only way of engaging with gender and the voice within music therapy, it does refer to a very specific set of ideas and ways of musically working. Therefore, it is requested that you only use the term "gender affirming voicework" to describe your music therapy work once you have completed the required training.
Literature & Interviews
Gumble, M. (Forthcoming). A Composite Case Study of gender affirming voicework: Gaining Clarity on a Developing Music Therapy Method.
Dietrich, M. (Forthcoming). "Becoming Unhinged": a Queer Autoethnography of gender affirming voicework.