Music Therapy With Emotionally Disturbed Children
By David L. Hussey, Ph.D., and Deborah Layman, M.M., MT-BC
June 1, 2003
Dr. Hussey is assistant professor in the department of justice studies at Kent State University and faculty associate at the Institute for the Study and Prevention of Violence.
Ms. Layman is a music therapist at Beech Brook Campus in Cleveland.
As the evidence supporting the utility and effectiveness of music therapy continues to accumulate, stronger research designs are needed to directly compare music therapy with other child therapies. The rigor of this type of testing is at the core of the evidence-based practice movement. In addition, the next generation of music therapists will pioneer the integration of music with multimedia treatment methods and computer-assisted technologies. These emerging technological capacities will provide new and innovative instruments for music therapists to use in modern psychiatry's struggle to "heal the soul in the age of the brain."
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