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Music therapy in mental health for illness management and recovery$
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Michael J. Silverman

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198735366

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198735366.001.0001

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An overview of music therapy as a psychosocial intervention for psychiatric consumers

An overview of music therapy as a psychosocial intervention for psychiatric consumers

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Music therapy in mental health for illness management and recovery
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Michael J. Silverman

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198735366.003.0003

While music has long been used in healing practices, contemporary music therapy is a flexible psychosocial intervention that psychiatric consumers tend to favor. Although the music therapy literature base is small when compared to cognitive behavioral therapy, music therapy can be an effective adjunct treatment modality for people with severe mental illnesses. Many psychiatric music therapists work in acute-care settings in which they provide group-based treatment focused on augmenting illness management and recovery knowledge and skills. Music therapy for illness management and recovery is as effective as psychoeducation in a variety of measures during randomized controlled clinical trials and can engage and motivate patients to attend, engage, and actively participate in sessions. By continuing the strong tradition of research, adapting to policy changes, scientific advances, and rigorous academic and clinical training, music therapists will likely have a continued and even heightened role in treating people with mental disorders.

Keywords:   music therapy, illness management, recovery, research, group therapy, mental illness, psychiatric patients

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