Music Therapy Social Skills Assessment and Documentation Manual (MTSSA)
Release Date:15 Jun 2014

Music Therapy Social Skills Assessment and Documentation Manual (MTSSA)

Clinical guidelines for group work with children and adolescents

Jessica Kingsley Publishers

Music Therapy Social Skills Assessment and Documentation Manual (MTSSA) is a comprehensive handbook for assessing and documenting social skill development in group music therapy for children with neurodevelopmental disorders. It assists therapists in:

-communicating with teachers and administrators to develop a collaborative treatment approach

-identifying baseline social abilities for individual music therapy clients

-developing treatment goals targeting social skill development in music therapy

-tracking data toward individualized objectives while monitoring correlation between affect and engagement of each client

-reporting progress to classroom teachers and guardians.

The MTSSA can also be adapted for use outside of the classroom setting and can be implemented with clients of various ages, including adults. With a CD-ROM of data collection and reporting tools, as well as songs composed to facilitate social interaction, this resource will be of immeasurable value to music therapists and students of music therapy.

A systematic, creative method to assist students in attaining greater independence in their social interaction with one another, the Music Therapy Social Skills Assessment and Documentation Manual is a welcome addition to the libraries and toolboxes of music therapists working with groups in school or community settings. With a thorough review of literature supporting its theoretical underpinnings, multiple case studies, sample forms and letters, and clear definitions, the model may be adapted to fit the needs, cultures and preferred musical genres of our clients.

– Ronna S. Kaplan, MA, MT-BC, Forest City Enterprises Chair, Center for Music Therapy The Music Settlement, Cleveland, Ohio, USA

All music therapists know the importance of social skills development, and we know that music therapy is a great way to build these skills. This book takes you through the process of assessing social skills in a clearly defined, observable and structured manner, built on a foundation of applicable research. I look forward to using this book with my students to support their development of observational skills and their ability to utilize clear assessment protocols.”

– Mary S. Adamek, PhD., MT-BC, Director, Music Therapy Program, University of Iowa, USA

Jenni Rook is a Board-Certified Music Therapist and Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor currently serving as the Executive Director at the Institute for Therapy through the Arts. Rebecca West is a Board-Certified Music Therapist and Neurologic Music Therapy Fellow with clinical experience working with adults and children challenged by a stroke, traumatic brain injury, Parkinson's disease, Autism, and social-emotional difficulties. Jeffrey Wolfe is a Board-Certified Music Therapist, holds the Neurologic Music Therapy Fellow certification from the Center for Biomedical Research in Music in Colorado, and specializes in interventions for children with autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders. Pan Ho is a Board-Certified Music Therapist with advanced training in the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music, and currently serves as the Training Coordinator at the Institute for Therapy through the Arts. Alana Dennis is a Board-Certified Music Therapist and Certified Child Life Specialist with Bachelor's degrees in Music Therapy and Voice Performance and a Master's Degree in Child Development from the Erikson Institute, Chicago. Yayoi Nakai-Hosoe is a Board-Certified Music Therapist with Master's degree in Music Therapy and Co-Founder of “Kakehashi” Music Therapy Connection Group, a music therapy company based in Japan. Kimberly Peyton is a Board-Certified Music Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor with a Master's Degree in Community Counseling and specializes in serving adults and children with neurodevelopmental disabilities.
1. Introduction. 2. Review of Literature. 3. Administration Guidelines. 4. Assessment Procedures. 5. Data Collection and Goal Development. 6. Documentation and Evaluation. 7. Case Study and Sample Forms. 8. Next Steps. Tables. Appendix A. Scales. Appendix B. Assessment Protocols. Appendix C. Data Tracking, Analysis and Progress Forms. Appendix D. Letter to Teachers and Guardians Templates. Appendix E. Consent to Record Form. Appendix F. Definition of Terms. References. Index.
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