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Forensic Music Therapy

Forensic Music Therapy

A Treatment for Men and Women in Secure Hospital Settings

Edited by Stella Compton Dickinson, Helen Odell-Miller and John Adlam
Foreword by Estela V. Welldon

Paperback: £24.99 / $36.95

2012, 234mm x 156mm / 9.25in x 6in, 256pp
ISBN: 978-1-84905-252-8, BIC 2: MQTC JMK

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Forensic Music Therapy demonstrates diverse and innovative approaches, which include live, improvised and pre-composed music, from music therapy teams working in secure treatment settings. The book covers clinical development, research, supervision and discussion of institutional and multi-disciplinary team dynamics. It will inform professionals about different ways to manage challenging situations in order to deliver music therapy with adults and adolescents who have committed offences, men and women with personality disorders and mental health problems, as well as men who have killed. The book also describes the development of Cognitive Analytic Music Therapy: the first manualised form of music therapy to be used in the rehabilitation of offenders. Chapters include case studies and service developments informed by theories from an established range of psychological therapies including psychoanalysis, cognitive analytic therapy, musicology and forensic psychotherapy. The significant variations and considerations when working in low, medium and high secure treatment settings are also clarified.

This book will give music therapists, forensic and clinical psychotherapists and psychologists, cognitive analytic therapists, psychiatrists, and others working in the field a wider understanding of choices, as well as demonstrating the effectiveness of tailored music therapy programmes for this complex client group.

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Celebrating the launch of ‘Forensic Music Therapy’

30 January 2013

JKP were delighted to attend the launch of Forensic Music Therapy: A Treatment for Men and Women in Secure Hospital Settings on Friday 25th January at the stunning Burgh House in Hampstead, London. Hosted by the three editors of the book, Stella Compton Dickinson, Helen Odell-Miller and John Adlam, and attended by many of those...

JKP Attends the American Music Therapy Association’s Annual Conference in St. Charles, Illinois, USA

13 November 2012

St. Charles, Illinois situated just outside of Chicago (the USA’s famous Windy City) was the location of the American Music Therapy Association’s (AMTA) annual conference (October 11-14, 2012). JKP was happy to attend and catch-up with old friends, our authors and new attendees! Our booth was busy throughout the conference with attendees stopping by to...

A case study extract from ‘Forensic Music Therapy’ – Working with Conflict

10 October 2012

This is an edited extract from Forensic Music Therapy: A Treatment for Men and Women in Secure Hospital Settings edited by Stella Compton Dickinson, Helen Odell-Miller and John Adlam. This case study comes from Chapter 7, ‘Working with Conflict: A Summary of Developments in the Long-term Treatment of a Man Suffering with Paranoid Schizophrenia Who Committed...

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