Music Therapy in Health and Education

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Readers Digest, 1993 - Education - 292 pages

Music therapy is a diverse, stimulating and challenging field of work that explores our experience of sound, emotion and behaviour. It is recognised as a unique intervention in which noticeable change and development occur, due to the importance of the therapeutic relationship between client and therapist. As the music therapy profession has grown, the scientific and professional worlds have become increasingly interested in both the nature and process of music therapy, and in clear evidence of its outcomes and effectiveness. It has excited much interest and attention from the medical profession, paramedical professions, and education services, and from people in many other walks of life.

The twenty-two chapters of this international book (by leading professionals) reflect the breadth and scope of music therapy practice in the world today. Divided into two areas - clinical practice and research - sections have been ordered according to the chronological ages of the subjects rather than by the setting of the work, the dominant presenting problem of the client group, or the approach employed. Clinical areas presented include studies on autistic children, Rett Syndrome, schizophrenia, eating disorders, profound disabilities, psychogeriatrics, psychiatry, adolescents in secure care, challenging behaviour, developmental disability and special education. The research section includes a literature review and a selection of applied research, including issues of assessment, methodology, measurement and evaluation.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Creative Processes are Universal
7
A Case of Severe Infantile Regression Treated by Music Therapy
26
Containment in Music Therapy
32
Control and Creativity
40
Music Therapy with Families
46
Music Therapy in the Psychodynamic Treatment
55
Description of an Experience in Music Therapy Carried
66
Individual Therapy with a Man who has an Eating Disorder
103
Music
112
Research
137
Applied Research
175
A Strategy to Enhance and Validate the Descriptive Approach
208
Autistic Children
214
Research in Practice in the Music Therapeutic Treatment
235
The Guitar Doesnt Know this Song
264

Levels of Interaction in Group Improvisation
73
A Methodological Approach in the Mental Health Field
82
Opening Doors
91
Observational Techniques in the Analysis of Both
273
The Contributors
283
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About the author (1993)

Margaret Heal is a Senior Music Therapist for the Learning Disabilities Care Group, Forest Healthcare Trust, and a Clinical Supervisor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Tony Wigram was Professor and Head of PhD Studies in Music Therapy at the University of Aalborg, Denmark, Honorary Research Fellow in the Faculty of Music at the University of Melbourne, Australia, and Reader in Music Therapy at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK. He was Associate Editor of the Nordic Journal of Music Therapy, and a former President of both the European Music Therapy Confederation and the World Federation of Music Therapy. He was also Head Music Therapist at the Harper Children's Service in Hertfordshire, UK, and Research Advisor to Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Trust.

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