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Music therapy in mental health for illness management and recovery$
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Michael J. Silverman

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198735366

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198735366.001.0001

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Psychiatric music therapy with diverse client populations

Psychiatric music therapy with diverse client populations

(p.218) Chapter 11 Psychiatric music therapy with diverse client populations
Music therapy in mental health for illness management and recovery

Michael J. Silverman

Oxford University Press

The United States has become a more socially and culturally diverse rich country and people from diverse sociocultural backgrounds are also susceptible to mental illnesses. There are numerous types of diversity, including age, ethnic background, religion, disability, sexual preference, gender, medical condition, geographic location, and socioeconomic status. Although generalizations can sometimes be inappropriate, it is important for music therapists to have a basic understanding of cultural tendencies in order to avoid alienating or offending diverse clients. Direct behavioral approaches can be effective treatments for diverse populations as patients may expect immediate relief from symptoms and psychosocial stressors. Music therapists must be aware of acculturation and the role and function of music in a person’s culture. Developing cultural competence and treating patients who are diverse are lifelong processes and commitments necessitating continuing education, sensitivity, patience, and compassion.

Keywords:   music therapy, multicultural, diverse, sociocultural, cultural tendencies, acculturation, mental illness

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