Clinical Training Guide for the Student Music Therapist (2nd Edition)

  • Clinical Training Guide for the Student Music Therapist (2nd Edition)
  • Author: Polen, D. W., Shultis, C. L., Wheeler, B. L.
  • ISBN: 9781945411168
  • E-ISBN: 9781934311175

This is a second, expanded and updated edition of Clinical Training Guide for the Student Music Therapist, originally published in 2005. Designed for use by music therapy students at all levels of training, the information is organized to support the scaffolding of knowledge and skills as students advance through typical levels of involvement: observing sessions; participating and assisting; planning and co-leading; and ultimately leading sessions independently.

Building on the success of the first edition, some highlights of 2nd Edition, include:

  • totally updated references and citations
  • previous chapter-end section, “For Further Reading,” now incorporated into the body of each chapter, insuring the materials are immediately relatable to the content under review
  • assignments which were previously divided into three distinct levels are now provided in more comprehensive sequences, with added suggestions for journaling and discussion with fellow students, faculty, and clinical supervisors
  • an entire new chapter on essential aspects of becoming a music therapist
  • expanded information on all areas of education, clinical training, and music

Full of clinical examples that focus on the process of music therapy for the client, this book explores the uses of music therapy specifically with children with special needs, adolescents and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, adults with psychiatric disorders, older adults with age-related needs, and people in medical settings. More general considerations are explored for group and individual session work. Modes of clinical work are explored as chapters delve into the use of improvising, re-creating, composing, and receptive experiences.

The final chapter urges students to consider self-reflection and self-assessment as a career-long commitment. This guide comes from the pens of three experienced music therapists, each with over 30 years in the field and with experience in supervising music therapy students from the perspectives of both faculty and clinicians.

Table of Contents

About the Authors
Table of Contents

Introduction: How to Use This Book

  • Chapter 1 Doing Music Therapy: An Exploration
  • Chapter 2 Increasing Levels of Involvement
  • Chapter 3 Essential Aspects of Becoming A Music Therapist: Education, Clinical Training, and Related Areas
  • Chapter 4 The Process of Planning for Music Therapy
  • Chapter 5 Client Assessment
  • Chapter 6 Goals and Objectives
  • Chapter 7 Planning and Implementing Music Therapy Strategies
  • Chapter 8 Improvising Experiences
  • Chapter 9 Re-Creative Experiences
  • Chapter 10 Compositional Experiences
  • Chapter 11 Receptive Experiences
  • Chapter 12 Further Considerations in Planning
  • Chapter 13 Facilitating Client Responses
  • Chapter 14 The Role of Music
  • Chapter 15 Working with Groups
  • Chapter 16 Working with Individuals
  • Chapter 17 Documentation Strategies
  • Chapter 18 Self-Assessment for the Music Therapist

Author Index
Subject Index