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Clinical Applications of Music Therapy in Psychiatry


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Preface, Jan Van Camp. Preface, Jos Peuskens. 1. Specific aspects of the music therapy relationship with psychiatric patients, Jos De Backer and Jan Van Camp. 2. Music therapy as holding and re-organizing work with schizophrenic and psychotic patients, Inge Nygaard Pedersen, Aalborg University, Denmark. 3. Music therapy with psychiatric in-patients: A case study with a young schizophrenic man, Bent Jensen, Psychiatric Hospital of Aarhus, Denmark. 4. The meaning of music - from the client's perspective, Brynjulf Stige, University of Oslo. 5. Definition and use of the musical transference relationship, Elaine Streeter, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London and Anglia Polytechnic University, Cambridge. 6. Psychoanalytically informed music therapy in psychiatry, Susanne Metzner, Hochschule fur Musik und Theater, Hamburg. 7. Investigating the value of music therapy in psychiatry: Developing research tools arising from clinical perspectives, Helen Odell-Miller, Anglia Polytechnic University, Cambridge. 8. Vocal improvisation in analytically-oriented music therapy with adults, Diane Austin, New York University. 9. Relaxing through pain and anxiety at the extremities of life: Applications of music therapy in childbirth and older adulthood, Suzanne Hanser, Berkeley College of Music, Boston MA. 10. Working through loss and mourning in music therapy, Chava Sekeles, David Yellin College, Jerusalem. 11. The music which underpins pivotal moments in Guided Imagery and Music, Denise Erdonmez-Grocke, Austria. 12. Analysis of musical improvisations to understand and work with elements of resistance in a client with anorexia nervosa, Britta Vinkler Frederiksen, Aalborg Psychiatric Hospital, Denmark. 13. Music therapy and the meaning of affect regulations for psychomatic patients, Mechtild Langenberg, Hochschule der Kunste, Berlin. 14. The sound of music in the dimming, anguished world of Alzheimer's disease, May Gaertner, Montpellier. 15. Reflections on music in music therapy, Jan Van Camp. Index.Clinical Applications of Music Therapy in Psychiatry & Clinical Applications of Music Therapy in Developmental Disability, Paediatrics and Neurology 2 volume set

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An anthology showcasing the benefits of blending psychotherapeutic theory with clinical music therapy

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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.


`The contributions of this book are very important for us as health carers to increase our knowledge of this form of therapy, so that we can understand its power and limits. It is a book about music therapy where clinical applications are successfully documented in a very professional and clear way. The quality of the contributions proves that music therapy has a legitimate and due place in the spectrum of psychotherapeutic interventions in psychiatric clinical practice.' -- From the Foreword by Jozef Peuskens

`provides an articulate discussion surrounding the components and the quality of the therapeutic relationship involving the patient, the music, and the music therapist. The writers lead the reader through a hallway of psychiatric terms such as transference, release, and containment, all within the context of the music therapist's perspective. They emphasize the importance of music therapists' personal expertise in the musical instruments they choose for use with patients. They highlight a respect for one's limitations and fears in stressing that "music therapists be able to analyze and work through personal fears of loss of control in order to deal in a therapeutic way with psychiatric patients" (p. 20). They state that the musical experience is necessary in helping the patients acquire the insight needed to work through conflict.Through the variety of clinical presentations offered by this international forum of music therapy professionals, the reader has witnessed a rich balance and blending of psychotherapeutic theory and clinical music therapy in action. The range of contributions, although at times perhaps more reflective of the international approach to music therapy with its emphasis on music improvistaion, nonetheless makes a serious contribution to the annals of muscia therapy literature in the psychiatric setting. The benefits of reading this anthology to those serving the needs of the psychiatric client will endure long after the settling of first reflections.'

-- The Arts in Psychotherapy

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