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Music as a Value-Driven Approach to Treatment Reflections on creating a music therapy program for individuals with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). In a recent episode of the Canadian Music Therapy Podcast, Canadian music therapist and registered psychotherapist, Jill Hedican, shares reflections on her experience developing a music therapy program specifically designed for individuals with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto. Hedican describes the unique multi-disciplinary work she
Published: January 26, 2024
Regaining Connections and Restoring Perceptions with Music Therapy A look into the use of music therapy in the treatment of Prolonged Disorders of Consciousness PDOC What is the role of music therapy in the treatment of Prolonged Disorders of Consciousness (PDOC)? According to music therapists from the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability in the United Kingdom who work with patients with PDOC, the role of music therapy is both multi-faceted and individualized to the client's needs when working with patients with PDOC. While describing their music therapy
Published: January 26, 2024
Peace for the Present and a Piece for the Future Music therapy to support wellbeing and create legacy projects in end-of-life care. “It makes you feel happy,” is how one patient describes his experience participating in music therapy at Carilion Clinic Hospice in Virginia, USA. At the Carilion Clinic, as in other settings where music therapists provide services to individuals facing end-of-life, music therapy provides patients and their loved ones with a sense of connection and joy that is often hard to find in their final days. Ma
Published: January 26, 2024
“Every Session Was Easier Than the One Before” Exploring emotions and social connection in group music therapy for individuals with eating disorders. For individuals with eating disorders, a primary symptom is difficulty with emotion regulation. Can music therapy help improve emotion regulation in individuals with eating disorders? This is a question Canadian music therapists and researchers sought to answer in their study, “The Impact of Group Music Therapy for Individuals with Eating Disorders.” In this study, 21 individuals
Published: January 26, 2024
Managing Trauma as a Music Therapist A Canadian music therapist’s reflection on how to cope with personal trauma while working as a music therapist “Most people will experience a trauma of some kind at some point in their lives” states Canadian music therapist Heidi Flynn. No one is immune to experiencing trauma, including music therapists. But how does a music therapist work safely and effectively with their clients while trying to cope with their own trauma? This question serves as the basis for Flynn's presentation
Published: January 26, 2024
Music as a Tool: Using Music Therapy for Treating Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Insights from a case study on music therapy for an individual with complex post-traumatic stress disorder   What do you turn to when you are burdened by your trauma but talking seems “pointless”? For Ali, a psychiatric hospital patient living with complex post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the answer is music. Through having the freedom to improvise, create his own music, and express himself through music, Ali could share his feelings and story of his relational trauma
Published: January 26, 2024
Rebuilding Resilience: Music Therapy for Refugees Key takeaways from recent research into the benefits of music therapy for refugees  In the article “How Music Therapy Can Help Rebuild the Lives of Refugees,” music therapist, Elizabeth Coombes reflects on the value of music therapy as a form of psychosocial support for refugees recovering from the trauma associated with fleeing their homeland as refugees. Based on her research working with refugees from Pakistan, Syria, Albania, and Egypt, she shares the emotional, mental, and
Published: January 26, 2024
Music Therapy for Children with Selective Mutism A research report on the process of music therapy as an alternative non-pharmacological treatment for children with selective mutism Though selective mutism has a low prevalence, it can be debilitating for children and contribute to poor mental health outcomes for years to come. Common forms of treatment include Behaviour and Speech Therapy, as well as pharmacological interventions. Currently, clinicians and researchers are exploring music therapy as another form of treatment for selecti
Published: October 23, 2023
Soothing, Sucking, and Songs Exploring growth in music therapy for infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Units in Canada and new research on music therapy as care for infants and their families For infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Grand River Hospital (GRH) in Kitchener, Ontario, change is in the air; they can hear it. Certified Music Therapist (MTA) Tyler Reidy, recently initiated a NICU music therapy program at the GRH, making it the third NICU music therapy program in Ontario. Reidy works wi
Published: October 23, 2023
The Meaning of Music Therapy A music therapist’s reflections on the relevance of music therapy as an essential service in Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic For many, the COVID-19 pandemic was a time for reflection as individuals, workforces, and society. It is through these reflections and active responses we grow as people, workplaces, and society. In a recently published article for the Canadian Journal of Music Therapy, Certified Music Therapist (MTA) Taylor Kurta, exemplifies the value of reflection as she o
Published: October 23, 2023

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