Music Therapy in Children's Hospices: Jessie's Fund in Action

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Mercedes Pavlicevic
Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Feb 15, 2005 - Psychology - 192 pages

The use of music therapy in children's hospices has burgeoned since its introduction by Jessie's Fund in the mid-90s. This moving and extremely helpful text brings together the experiences of eleven music therapists working with children who are in the final stages of life-limiting illness.

The contributors adapt music therapy to hospice environments and explore key concerns for all practitioners, including how to empower ill children and their families, how to help bereaved siblings, and how the therapists themselves find support. The book celebrates the communities created through an inclusive music therapy practice with children, their families and hospice staff.

This text is essential reading for all music therapists working in palliative care and for health care professionals considering introducing music as a therapy.

 

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Contents

1 When I grow up
21
2 The beginnings of music therapy in our hospice
37
Music therapy within a medical setting
48
Developing a music therapy group for bereaved siblings
62
5 Brief encounters
81
Using music technology to fulfil the aspirations of teenage lads with muscular dystrophy
95
7 The open music therapy group session
110
Music therapy with children and adults in a hospice setting
124
A therapists perspective
159
Before we conclude
169
Working together in music therapy
170
LIST OF CONTRIBUTORS
178
LIST OF JESSIES FUND CD TRACKS
183
SUBJECT INDEX
184
AUTHOR INDEX
188
CD ORDER FORM
189

Ty Hafan Childrens Hospice a place for living
139
Music therapy outreach
147

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About the author (2005)

Mercédès Pavlicevic lives and works in South Africa, and is Director at the Music Therapy Master's Programme at the University of Pretoria, and Visiting Researcher at the Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Centre, London. She has been involved in Community Music Therapy projects in South Africa for the past nine years.

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