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 engages in, collaborating with other mental health professionals to support clients in the intensive treatment program. Recounting feedback from clients who have participated in the program, Hedican shares the clients have experienced improved self-confidence and self-expression through participating in the music therapy program, as well as reduced anxiety and improved mood. Hedican also tells listeners about the music therapy techniques she employs in the group and individual sessions she offers, including playlist creation, improvisation, and song discussion. Additionally, Hedican notes the common goal areas the program addresses, such as improved self-worth and mindfulness, and some of the challenges she faced implementing the program. To listen to the full podcast and hear Hedican’s plans for the future of the program, click here.