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Friday 13 March 2020 | 9am - 2pm  


MC² - a mini conference on Musical Inclusion and Group Dynamics with a focus on challenging behaviours


MC² - a mini conference on Musical Inclusion and Group Dynamics with a focus on challenging behaviours

Cost: £45 (50% discount for Music Education Hub staff and music teachers, Youth Music funded organisations and students).


Sage Gateshead continues with it’s MC2 series for Music Leaders, music teachers, project workers and musicians working with children and young people that are experiencing challenging circumstances.

Our March MC² will include a keynote and two practical workshops on the topic of Musical Inclusion and Group Dynamics. Delegates will come away with new knowledge, insight, skills and contacts.

In the opening session, participants will gain a better understanding of some of the reasons for challenging behaviours from child and adolescent Psychotherapist Graham Music (PhD), who will speak about the range of underlying causes and factors. In the workshops, participants will find out about basic principles and practical methods for group facilitation. They will learn about different engagement models from organisations including national training provider Artswork.

Places are limited so advanced booking is essential.


MC² Timings

8.45 – 9am: Registration
9am: Welcome
9.05 – 10.35am: Opening speaker – Graham Music (PhD), Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist at the Tavistock and Portman Clinics and an adult psychotherapist in private practice.

Graham has managed a range of services working with child abuse and neglect. In the MC² opening session, he will speak about the range of causes and underlying factors that can result in challenging behaviours in the context of group dynamics. He will emphasise the importance of prior and contextual knowledge and how the experience of members outside the group are significant in understanding their responses within it.

10.40 – 11.55am: Workshop 1 – Lesley Wood, Artswork

Lesley from Artswork will deliver a training session for Music Leaders exploring the models and frameworks that place wellbeing at the heart of group creative activities. Participants will learn about how to work with groups in ways that promote positive feelings, emotions and behaviours.

12 – 12.20pm: Break – tea, coffee and cake
12.25 – 1.25pm: Workshop 2 – Dan Connolly, Senior Lecturer in Community and Youth Work, University of Sunderland

Dan will show participants how to establish ground rules in group settings, learn about basic principles and practical methods for group facilitation and find out about how to foster positive environments while working with a range of young people and behaviours.

1.30 – 1.45pm: Final session: Group work and beats
1.50pm: Closing remarks and Thank-You

Supported by


Graham Music

Graham Music (PHD) is Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist at the Tavistock and Portman Clinics and an adult psychotherapist in private practice.

His publications include Nurturing Children: From Trauma to Hope using neurobiology, psychoanalysis and attachment (2019), Nurturing Natures: Attachment and children’s emotional, sociocultural and brain development (2016, 2010), Affect and Emotion (2001), and The Good Life: Wellbeing and the new science of altruism, selfishness and immorality (2014).

Graham has a particular interest in exploring the interface between developmental findings and clinical work and in working across disciplinary boundaries to develop cutting-edge practice, particularly in relation to trauma.

He currently works clinically with forensic cases at The Portman Clinic.


Artswork - Lesley Wood

Artswork deliver bespoke Training for Arts, Cultural and Heritage Organisations and are committed to strengthening arts and cultural engagement with children and young people, in formal and informal settings, and especially those who are disengaged, at risk, or hard to reach.

They deliver a Professional Development programme of over 30 courses which they have developed in consultation with the arts, cultural, youth and education sectors and act as a national champion to increase opportunities for children and young people to lead, participate, work in and enjoy the arts and culture.


Sunderland University - Dan Connolly

Dan is an experienced Community and Youth Worker and teaches on the Community and Youth Work Studies Degree at the University of Sunderland.

Prior to that, Dan taught on the Master’s Degree in Community and Youth Work at Durham University as a Visiting Lecturer for five years.

His specialist teaching interests include dialogue and power inequalities, rights-based approaches to work with young people/communities and working with students as co-creators of learning.

His publications include:

Buchroth, I. and Connolly, D. (2019) ‘Dichotomous Voluntary Futures’, in Bright, G. and Pugh, C. (eds) Youth work: global futures. Boston: Brill Sense, pp. 146-165.