Music therapy is a diverse, stimulating and challenging field of work that explores our experience of sound, emotion and behaviour. It is recognised as a unique intervention in which noticeable change and development occur, due to the importance of the therapeutic relationship between client and therapist. As the music therapy profession has grown, the scientific and professional worlds have become increasingly interested in both the nature and process of music therapy, and in clear evidence of its outcomes and effectiveness. It has excited much interest and attention from the medical profession, paramedical professions, and education services, and from people in many other walks of life.The twenty-two chapters of this international book (by leading professionals) reflect the breadth and scope of music therapy practice in the world today. Divided into two areas - clinical practice and research - sections have been ordered according to the chronological ages of the subjects rather than by the setting of the work, the dominant presenting problem of the client group, or the approach employed. Clinical areas presented include studies on autistic children, Rett Syndrome, schizophrenia, eating disorders, profound disabilities, psychogeriatrics, psychiatry, adolescents in secure care, challenging behaviour, developmental disability and special education. The research section includes a literature review and a selection of applied research, including issues of assessment, methodology, measurement and evaluation.
'The selected papers give a graphic description of the overall nature of the work of music therapists, written in a fluid and easy to read manner. For the occupational therapist, whether interested in music therapy or not, there is much to gain from the increased awareness of the clinical and research work of another therapeutic discipline. The majority of the papers are based on case studies and well illustrate the common ground of the making of the therapeutic alliance... this book gives a good overview to music therapy practice and is presented in an interesting and lively fashion.'- British Journal of Occupational Therapy'These papers give new insights into music therapy and research as each practitioner espouses a different form of evaluation. I have found this collection of papers immensely stimulating... the work presented shows such extraordinary variation from highly complex thought and techniques through to equally compelling directness and simplicity.'- Journal of British Music Therapy'The scope of successful treatments spans the clinical spectrum, from tackling eating disorders to the reduction of self-injuring behaviour... this absorbing book gives a good idea of the present state of the art and the future paths open to this emerging application of music-making.'- BBC Music Magazine'Covering a wide range of clients and their problems, it provides fascinating insight into the diverse ways that music therapy is used to meet the needs of almost any situation. This book provides an invaluable music therapy text book and for those outside the discipline the editors, Margaret Heal and Tony Wigram, have succeeded in their aim "to reflect the breadth and scope of music therapy practice in the world today."'- Mencap News'... the book has encouraged me to see a role for music therapy within the traditional composition of the multi-disciplinary team in the mental health field.'- Psychiatric Bulletin'... provides a tremendous international digest of a variety of clinical work and research today... a fascinating book which would provide anyone with a feel for the huge variety of situations, techniques, challenges, and thinking in the practice of music therapy today.'- Music Education
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