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I was asked by the conference chairperson if I would do a follow-up, because it was an interesting topic (thank you) and because people felt as if we'd barely scratched the surface of the issue (very true).
So, I'm thinking and agonizing (shocking, I'm sure- I mean, who would have ever thought I, of all people, would think and agonize?) over which aspects of the vast array of taboos to talk about.
Here are some options I've got floating around in my mind:
*We could take the handout (which I could happily reprise), have people fill it out and use participants' case examples to look at as a group.
*Or we could take a specific aspect of The List (So Far) and focus on a particular topic. Some examples of that could be:
*"Feelings for and about our clients and our clients' feelings about us" (which could be an entire graduate class, frankly)
*"Fantasies we have about ourselves and our clients" (these could include fantasies that we'll fix our clients' lives, we'll make them happy, rescue fantasies and beyond)
*"What to do when you make a mistake" (my friend Judy and I did this one a few years ago, "The Myth of the Perfect Music Therapist, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love My Mistakes", and I've been trying- trying, I tell you- to post the handout, but for some reason it's just not working properly)
*And, a variation on the above theme, "Feelings of incompetence as a music therapist" (which could get awkward).
I'm sure there are more options. I'm thinking that the ones I've mentioned are things I could talk about with some intelligence/experience. I would be willing to tackle, or at least create a forum, for other issues on the list (fears of clients committing suicide, fears of getting attacked, clients and boundary violations- particularly in the age of social media and such, therapist/client prejudices, and so on and so forth).
Here, of course, is where my question to you, kind blog readers, emerges:
If you had a choice (and some of you may, because some of you live in this region), which aspects of taboo topics would you want to explore in a presentation?
I'm presuming that I would probably only have about an hour and a half to hash out heavy stuff. It is, of course, possible to put in two proposals and I could ask if I could do two presentations, both of which would be follow-ups to last year's talk.
So have at it, folks. I look forward to your thoughts/comments!