'The fascinating and diverse descriptions contained in this text begin the process of developing indigenous understandings of music therapy in group work and alert the reader to issues for future exploration. A fascinating text, describing a range of clients - I highly recommend it.'- Nordic Journal of Music TherapyGroup music therapy has been widely practised for many years, especially within institutional settings, and features substantially in training, yet there has been no publication devoted to the discussion of this area of therapy. Music Therapy and Group Work fills this gap by bringing together the experiences of group music therapy practitioners who work with diverse client groups in various settings. Whilst acknowledging that the practice of group music therapy incorporates many theoretical and practical issues in common with those of mainstream group work, the editors emphasize that this field needs to develop some further theoretical discourse of its own, primarily because its main contrast from regular group work is that it draws on a non-verbal medium alongside the ordinary verbal exchange.The book combines clinical examples with theory to provide a comprehensive introduction to group music therapy. Practitioners not only of music therapy, but also those working in related disciplines, will find this to be an informative and stimulating read.
Alison Davies is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist with a background in mental health work for an NHS Trust. Eleanor Richards is a senior music therapist in the Service for Adults with Learning Disabilities, Lifespan NHS Trust, Cambridge. She is currently training as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist. Both authors have been involved in introducing music therapy into the St Columba Group Therapy Centre in Cambridge.
Foreword. Marina Jenkyns. PART ONE: Music Therapy Groups with Adults. 1. Introduction, Eleanor Richards, Anglia Polytechnic University and Alison Davies, Guildhall School of Music and Drama. 2. Sound company: Psychodynamic music therapy as facilitating environment. David Stewart, Barnardo's Northern Ireland Project. 3. Drummed out of mind: A music therapy group with forensic patients. John Glyn, Three Bridges Regional Security Unit. 4. One man's journey and the importance of time: Music therapy in an NHS mental health day centre. Helen Odell-Miller, Anglia Polytechnic University, Cambridge. 5. Music therapy with elderly adults. Rachel Darnley-Smith, Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust. 6. 'There's no getting away from anything in here': A music therapy group within an inpatient programme for adults with eating disorders. Helen Loth, Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust. 7. A music therapy group in a neurological rehabilitation ward. Catherine Durham, Welsh College of Music and Drama. 8. Finding a space to play: A music therapy group for adults with learning disabilities. Eleanor Richards, Anglia Polytechnic University, Cambridge and Hayley Hind, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust. 9. A music and art therapy group for people with learning disabilities. Tessa Watson, Roehampton Institute, London and Linda Vickers, NHS and private practice. PART TWO: Music Therapy Groups with Children. 10. A music therapy group to assist in clinical diagnosis in child and family psychiatry. Amelia Oldfield, Anglia Polytechnic University, Cambridge and Emma Carter, Cambridge Child and Family Psychiatric Unit. 11. 'Harry's saying hello on the drum': Increasing socio-emotional communication in children with autistic spectrum disorder. Ruth Walsh-Stewart, music therapist and psychotherapist. 12. Preparing a potential space for a group of children with special needs. Julie Sutton, Pavarotti Music Centre, Mostar, Bosnia. 13. A children's group: An exploration of the framework necessary for therapeutic work. Doris Knak, Tavistock Centre and Katherine Grogan, South West London and St George's NHS Mental Health Trust. 14. Working, playing and relating: Issues in group music therapy for children with special needs. Helen Tyler, Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Centre. 15. 'Could I play a different role?': Group music therapy with severely learning disabled adolescents. Tuulia Nicholls, music therapist. PART THREE: Group Work in Supervision and with Music Therapy Students. 16. An understanding of music therapy groups informed by the writing of S.H.Foulkes. Esme Towse, psychotherapist and Catherine Roberts, Peak School, High Peak, Derbyshire. 17. Some observations on music therapy training groups. Elaine Streeter, Anglia Polytechnic University, Cambridge and Guildhall School of Music. 18. A group analytic look at experiential training groups: How can music earn its keep? Alison Davies, Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Sue Greenland, Lincolnshire Healthcare NHS Trust. References. Index.
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