from the foreword by Gro Trondalen, Professor of Music Therapy, Norwegian Academy of Music
[This book] addresses a myriad of impacts of assistants and collaborators in the music therapy room. The authors write from a clinical, narrative and/or research perspective, while exploring both the roles of different professions co-working on an equal basis with music therapists, and those of parents or other family members present in the therapy room. A historical reflection on assistants and co-therapists in music therapy groups in adult mental health is included, as well as suggested ways forward in training, service development and research. The volume is a valuable resource as it documents a wide variety of possible ways of involving assistants and collaborators to gain as much as possible from the music therapy group or individual session. Whatever roles the assistants and collaborators in music therapy perform, they will always influence the session. As the book clearly states, 'it is not possible to simply be a fly on the wall.'
Emeritus Professor Denise Grocke, AO, PhD, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, University of Melbourne
Much has been written about the theory and practice of music therapy, yet an area of practice not addressed often is the role of carers, staff, assistants, students, volunteers and family members as collaborators and "skill sharers" in music therapy sessions. This book, edited by three very experienced therapists and researchers, fills a large gap in our knowledge of how music therapy works, and is a very welcome addition to the music therapy literature.
Rachel Darnley-Smith, Senior Lecturer in Music Therapy, Roehampton University, UK
This thoughtful and elegantly researched volume demonstrates the rich benefits to be gained by all from collaborative and integrated cross-disciplinary work. International in authorship, with far reaching content, it will surely emerge as a go-to reference of music therapy practice for many years to come.
Professor Dr. Jos De Backer LUCA, School of Arts, Campus Lemmens, UPC KULeuven, Campus Kortenberg
This is a fascinating book and the first to explore the context of the use of collaborators and assistants in developing relationships with clients, enabling them to gain as much as possible from their music therapy sessions. John Strange sees collaborators and assistants participating fully as group members, something that has a significant impact on their music therapy. This book is especially interesting for music therapists who work with clients who are not able to participate in a physically or psychologically active way. Experienced authors write from a clinical and theoretical perspective, intended to help both practitioners and trainees. All the contributions are written in a very clear and authentic way. I believe it is good that the material in this book is available for use in different therapeutic situations.