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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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The process of psychiatric music therapy

The process of psychiatric music therapy

(p.136) Chapter 8 The process of psychiatric music therapy
Music therapy in mental health for illness management and recovery

Michael J. Silverman

Oxford University Press

In-services can be efficient and effective presentations to educate other professionals about music therapy. Referral and assessment are vital parts of the treatment and often highly idiosyncratic to the music therapist’s facility or unit. Even in group-based music therapy, treatment planning and clinical objectives are highly individualized; they are based on the comprehensive assessment and recommendations from the interdisciplinary treatment team. Due to strong relationships with treatment outcome, developing a working alliance is a vital aspect of psychiatric music therapy. Collaborative problem solving with group members may enhance working alliance, participation, and vicarious learning. Mutually agreed upon homework assignments can augment therapeutic gains in and outside the session. Data collection, documentation, treatment evaluation, and professional supervision are essential components of contemporary clinical music therapy practice.

Keywords:   music therapy, in-services, referral, assessment, treatment planning, clinical objectives, working alliance, therapeutic rapport, problem solving, homework

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