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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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Transdiagnostic theory for group-based psychiatric music therapy

Transdiagnostic theory for group-based psychiatric music therapy

(p.119) Chapter 7 Transdiagnostic theory for group-based psychiatric music therapy
Music therapy in mental health for illness management and recovery

Michael J. Silverman

Oxford University Press

This chapter applies transdiagnostic theory to group-based psychiatric music therapy. While the concept of transdiagnostic theory may be relatively simple to conceptualize and apply, the reasons supporting implementation of this theory into contemporary clinical practice are just as important—if not more important—than the theory itself. Psychiatric disease classifications have numerous problems, including subjectivity, relying upon patients’ reported symptom profiles, the perseveration of stigma, increased symptomology, and postponing help-seeking behaviors. Although diagnoses are unquestionably important, in group-based music therapy, diagnoses typically do not functionally help patients. Transdiagnostic theory is a treatment approach in which clinicians do not focus on the specific diagnosis. Rather, clinicians are more concerned with cognitive, behavioral, and affective features and patterns that maintain the illnesses as well as shared pathologies and psychosocial stressors between group members. Application of transdiagnostic theory may facilitate vicarious learning, on-task behavior, and greater engagement during group-based music therapy treatment.

Keywords:   music therapy, transdiagnostic therapy, group therapy, shared pathologies, vicarious learning, disease classifications, stigma, mental illness, psychiatric patients

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