FRANCE

History and background . . .

Music therapy has been present in France since 1970 with the creation of the Association de Recherches et d’Applications des Techniques Psychomusicales (ARATP) in Paris. This development was initiated by Jacque JOST and Edith LECOURT.
Since 2003, the university training centers as well as some private training programs have grouped together to form the French Federation of Music Therapy (FFM). This structure facilitates active exchanges between the members. The Federation works towards establishing a professional identity and a recognized status in France for music therapy professionals. All members adhere to a common Code of Ethics that assures the quality of the training programs as well as a serious and respectful clinical practice.

Theoretical Foundations . . .

Essentially psychodynamic orientation (Pr Edith Lecourt), but also other approaches such as psycho-pedagogical, behaviourist, cognitive, psychosocial, etc.)

Recognition and approval . . .

More information come

Research and literature . . .

Magazines:
La Revue de Musicothérapie
revue edited par l’Association Française de Musicothérapie. (Pr. Edith LECOURT)
M.T.C, Musique, Thérapie, Communication
revue edited par AMBX, Editions du non-verbal (G. DUCOURNEAU)

Publications
Numerous publica:tions by well-known French music therapists. Bibliographies available on Web sites (AFM or CIM). To give a few examples:

  • Ducourneau, Gérard; Musicothérapie, Clinique, Technique, Formation, (Privat, 1981)
  • Lecourt, Edith; Analyse de groupe et musicothérapie, Le groupe et le sonore (ESF, 1993).
  • Lecourt, Edith; La Musicothérapie (PUF, modules 1989)
  • Lecourt, Edith; L’expérience musicale, Résonances psychoanalytiques (L’Harmattan, 1994.)
  • Verdeau-Pailles, Jacqueline; Le bilan psycho-musical (Fuzeau, 1983.)

Professional associations . . .

Federation Française de Musicotherapie
Web : http://www.musicotherapie-federationfrancaise.com

Association Française de Musicothérapie, Université Paris V René Descartes
Web : http://www.musicotherapie-afm.com

EMTC Delegate:
Dr.Adrienne LERNER, Psychologist and music therapist, national secretary FFM. E-mail: adrilerner@wanadoo.fr

Training programs . . .

Atelier de Musicothérapie de Bordeaux
Editions du Non Verbal
Director: Gérard DUCOURNEAU
16, rue de Bigeau
33290 PAREMPUYRE
00 33 (0)5 56 95 23 78
Web : http://www.ambx.net
Mail : ambx@wanadoo.fr

Atelier de Musicothérapie de Bourgogne
Centre Hospitalier Spécialisé Dijon
Pedagogic director: Patrick BERTHELON
Scientific director : Dr. Joël LEREUIL
43, rue Berlier 21000 DIJON
00 33 (0)3 80 66 22 55
000 33 (0) 6 83 30 00 04
Web : http://www.amb-musicotherapie.com
Mail : a.m.bourgogne@free.fr

University Montpellier III
Scientific director: Pr Jean-Pierre BLAYAC
Pedagogic director: Pierre-Luc BENSOUSSAN
11, rue Saint Louis
34000 MONTPELLIER
00 33 (0)4 67 72 98 61
00 33 (0)4 67 72 98 61
Web : http://www.musicotherapie-montpellier.fr
Mail: musicotherapie@univ-montp3.fr

University de Nantes
Scientific director: Pr. Michel AMAR
Pedagogic co-ordination: François-Xavier VRAIT (Institut de Musicothérapie de Nantes)
2bis, boulevard Léon Bureau BP 96228
44262 NANTES CEDEX 2
00 33 (0)2 51 25 07 35
00 33 (0)2 51 25 07 20
Web : www.musicotherapie-nantes.com
Mail: musicotherapie.nantes@wanadoo.fr

Université Paris V - René Descartes
Pedagogic director: Pr E. LECOURT
University of Paris Descartes
1, rue Lacretelle
75015 PARIS
00 33 (0)l 56 56 12 40
Web : http://www.scfc.parisdescartes.fr/