Jane is researching the use of music therapy to support identity development in adolescents who attend alternative education provision and have a history of adverse childhood experiences and trauma.
Jane began her PhD research study within the Cambridge Institute for Music Therapy Research in 2019. Her research interests centre around the use of music therapy to support identity development in adolescents who attend alternative education provision and have a history of adverse childhood experiences and trauma. Jane’s studies are focused on exploring music therapy clinical experience working alongside adolescents, with reference to psychoanalytic and psychology theory, developments in neuroscience and trauma-informed therapy models, to inform music therapy practice in this clinical area.
Jane gained her Masters in Music Therapy with distinction at ARU. Her MA dissertation focused on music therapy and the expression of anger and aggression in children aged 5-9 at risk of mainstream school exclusion.
On the basis of this research, Jane completed a book chapter which was published in Music Therapy in Schools in 2011. Since qualifying as a music therapist in 2003, Jane has developed a special interest in working within the education system with children and adolescents who have a history of adverse childhood experiences and trauma.
Brackley, J., 2020. Book review: Creating Music Cultures in the Schools: A Perspective from Community Music Therapy (Rickson & McFerran). Approaches: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Music Therapy, 12(1), pp. 151-154. (first published on 24 March 2018).
Brackley, J., 2011. Music Therapy and the Expression of Anger and Aggression: Working with Aggressive Behaviour in Children aged Five to Nine who Risk Mainstream School Exclusion. In Derrington, P., Oldfield A., & Tomlinson, J. (eds), Music Therapy in Schools (London: Jessica Kingsley).