Music Therapy News
Music Therapy News
New book: Music Therapy Assessment
This is an anthology of the latest research into assessment methods in music therapy. Based on the findings of members of the International Music Therapy Assessment Consortium (IMTAC), it covers issues such as the standardisation of robust assessment tools, the assessment models currently in use, and how to implement them in a clinical setting.
PhD Thesis by Susan Hart: Psychometric Properties of the Emotional Development Scale
Due to emotional difficulties, a growing number of children are referred to regional educational-psychological advisory services and child psychiatric services with mental problems related to emotional vulnerabilities. The neuroaffective developmental psychology framework is a way of understanding children's normal emotional development and of examining how this development may be promoted or disturbed by relational issues. Within this theoretical framework, the researcher has developed a measurement tool to assess the current emotional functioning level of 4–12-year-olds.
PhD Thesis by Unni Tanum Johns: Musical Dynamics in Time-Limited Intersubjective Child Psychotherapy
In this project Unni Johns developed a method for analysing child psychotherapy and analysed in detail small episodes with six children suffering from anxiety and depression using musical concepts of e.g. rhythm and tempo. Unni Johns found some patterns which indicated how a ‘musical looking glass’ can clarify the role of nonverbal communication for the capability to share and express emotional experiences.
PhD Thesis by Kristin Maya Story: Guided Imagery and Music with Military Women and Trauma
The number of women veterans are increasing in the United States and they have a unique set of challenges upon returning to civilian life, including a high rate of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and exposure to sexual harassment and sexual assault. This research aimed to explore the use of Music Imagery and Guided Imagery and Music sessions as a treatment option for women veterans with PTSD, and to increase awareness of military sexual trauma. Included in the research are a feasibility study and an Arts Based Research film project.
New book: Music and Public Health
This book provides the foundation of a new understanding of the potential of music to improve physical and mental health. Editors Lars Ole Bonde and Töres Theorell.
PhD Thesis by Margareta Wärja: Arts-Based Psychotherapy for Women Recovering from Gynecological Cancer
Gynecological cancer survivors are affected in all aspects of their lives such as sexuality, reproduction, embodiment, self-esteem, and general quality of life. In this thesis a complex intervention study was performed for gynecological cancer survivors in which the effects of two arts-based psychotherapy treatments (individual and group) on psychological outcomes were evaluated.