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Qualifications

BMus Royal Holloway College, London University
MA Music Therapy
FHEA

About

Liz is an HCPC registered music therapist qualifying as such in 2000 after gaining a BMus at London University. She has university and teaching experience in the UK and abroad and is an active member of the music therapy research community. Before becoming a music therapist, she spent time working as a community musician in South Wales, working with a variety of client groups . She was the Music Therapist in CAMHS S Wales for 8 years and for the Cardiff and Vale Music Service before leaving to pursue more varied clinical work in the 3rd sector including projects with young people with mental health issues, asylum seekers and more recently end-of-life care. Liz also works and manages music therapy projects in Palestine, and is a trainer for Musicians Without Borders. With extensive experience in the field of therapeutic music skill-sharing, Liz is often consulted for advice in this area of work.
Liz is currently undertaking the GIM (Guided Imagery and Music ) training,a method that focuses on receptive music thrapy, enabling clients to effect positive change in their lives through deepening personal awareness and resources.

Experience

Liz has a wealth of experience with client groups such as PMLD, LD, Autism, Challenging Behaviour, Mental Health Issues, Cross-Cultural Working, end-of-life care and project development

Responsibilities

Course Leader MA Music Therapy

Publications

“Project Bethlehem – Training Educators and Health Workers in the Therapeutic Use of Music in the West Bank” Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy, Vol 11, no 1 (2011)

“Wales: Land of Song” – Voices: World Forum for Music Therapy Vol 13 No 2 (2012)

http://normt.uib/index.php/voices/articleArticle/291/445
pproaches.primarymusic.gr/approaches/images/stories/firstview/Approaches_FirstView_Article11_Coombes%20&%20Tombs-Katz.pdf
Interactive Therapeutic Music Skill-Sharing in the West Bank: An Evaluation of Project Beit Sahour by Elizabeth Coombes and Michal Tombs-katz
Coombes, E., & Etmektsoglou, I. (2015). Glimpses into
the challenges and opportunities of a new training
programme: The MA music therapy programme at the
University of South Wales. Approaches: Music Therapy &
Special Music Education, First View (Advance online
publication), 1-8.

Memberships

Member of the British Association of Music Therapists
Advisory Panel Member: Music As Therapy International

European Rep on the Global Crisis Intervention Commission for the World Federation of Music Therapy

External

Member of the British Association of Music Therapists
Member of the Training and Education Committee for BAMT
Advisory Panel Member: Music As Therapy International
European Rep on the Global Crisis Intervention Commission for the World Federation of Music Therapy

Consultancy

External Consultant for Barnardos

Research

Cross Cultural music therapy
Skill-sharing of interactive music-making techniques
Problem Based Learning

Areas of Expertise

Music Therapy
Autism
Asylum Seekers
Special Needs and Music Therapy
Training
Well Being
Therapeutic Music Making

Twitter

@Lizacoombes

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