The Arts In Psychotherapy
Provides an articulate discussion surrounding the components and the quality of the therapuetic relationship involving the patient, the music, and the music therapist. The writers lead the reader through a hallway of psychiactric termssuch as transference, release and containment, all within the context of the music therapist's perspective. They emphasise the importance of music therapists' personal expertise in the musical instruments they choose for use with patients. They highlight a respect for ones limitations and fears in stressing that "musical therapists be able to anylyze and work through personal fears of loss of control in order to deal in a therapuetic way with psychiactric patients" (p.20). They state that the musical experience is necessary in helping the patients acquire an insight needed to work through conflict. Through the variety of clinical presentations offered by this international forum of music therapy professionals, the reader has witnessed a rich balance of blending of psychotherapuetic theory and clinical music therapy in action. The range of contributions, although at times perhaps more reflective of the international approach to music therapy with it's emphasis on music improvisation, nonetheless makes a serious contribution to the annals of music therapy literature in the psychiactric setting. The benefits of reading this anthology to those serving the needs of the psychiactric client will endure long after the settling of first reflections.
Reference is made to case study material and the theory underpinning music therapy as a medium is demonstrated through the diversity of clients' needs highlighted in the case studies.
British Journal of Occupational Therapy
This book is most helpful in setting out and explaining the rationale behind the use of music as a therapeutic medium and thus enabling practitioners to understand how precisely it could be of benefit to their client group... the book is very readable, the prose flows well, theory is well integrated into practice and case studies are pertinent and interesting.