Drawing on new paradigms and evidence-based discoveries in neuroscience, narrative psychology, and creativity theory, this text explores the beneficial role of expressive arts within a recovery perspective. A framework of practice principles for the visual arts, creative writing, music, drama, dance, and digital storytelling is addressed across a number of settings and populations, providing readers with an accessible overview of techniques taught in counseling programs in the U.S. and abroad.

Music Therapy and Mental Health Recovery What Is the Evidence?

Music Therapy and Mental Health Recovery: What Is the Evidence?
Claire StephensenFelicity Baker

What Is Music Therapy?

Music therapy is “a research-based practice and profession in which music is used to actively support people as they strive to improve their health and wellbeing” (Australian Music Therapy Association, 2013). Music is used intentionally to establish a therapeutic relationship with individuals or groups of people to improve or maintain the physical, emotional, cognitive, psychosocial, communicative, cultural, aesthetic, and spiritual well-being of people across the lifespan. People with autism and developmental disabilities, mental health disorders, substance use disorders, dementia, cancer and degenerative diseases, and neurological injury or diseases may benefit from participation in a music therapy program.

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