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The Clinician's Guide to Forensic Music Therapy

The Clinician's Guide to Forensic Music Therapy

Treatment Manuals for Group Cognitive Analytic Music Therapy (G-CAMT) and Music Therapy Anger Management (MTAM)

Stella Compton Dickinson and Laurien Hakvoort

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Providing two clinically proven manuals for music therapy in forensic and other psychiatric settings, this book offers clear and practical support to music therapists. As the first of its kind, it is a vital resource for music therapists, especially those in forensic and other psychiatric settings.
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Paperback / softback
2017, 11.02in x 8.54in / 280mm x 217mm, 208pp
ISBN: 978-1-84905-710-3
2017, PDF, 208pp
ISBN: 978-1-78450-233-1
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The Clinician's Guide to Forensic Music Therapy provides information and advice on how to effectively and safely deliver two context-specific, systematic approaches in forensic music therapy.

The two clinically tested treatment manuals have been specifically designed for use by music therapists and other clinicians working in prisons and secure hospital settings. They provide in-depth practical guidance for a variety of contexts and specific attention is given to risk assessment, responsivity to treatment and recovery. The book also includes advice on clinical evaluation, taking the complexities of diagnosis and patient needs into consideration.

As the very first of its kind, and written by two leading practitioners of forensic music therapy, this book is essential reading for any music therapist and student of music therapy. It will also be of interest to other clinicians working in correctional or secure psychiatric settings and includes a chapter for them on how to use music effectively.


'Students, clinicians, and researchers will find this text progressive and applicable. The thoroughly tested treatment manuals for this traditionally underserved and marginalized clinical population constitute welcome additions to our profession. I offer a sincere thanks to these distinguished scholars for their remarkable and comprehensive contribution to the music therapy literature.'
- Michael J. Silverman, PhD, MT-BC; Director of Music Therapy, University of Minnesota, USA

'Creating treatment manuals in music therapy is of great importance, and this book provide two manuals for music therapy in Forensic Music Therapy. Even though a music therapist can't acquire therapeutic skills only by reading, this book contains detailed descriptions of how treatment can be done, besides also containing a huge appendix sections with usable tools.'
- Niels Hannibal, Associate Professor, Music Therapy, Aalborg University

'From cover to cover, this book holds a wealth of helpful information regarding key aspects of music therapy work within forensic psychiatry underpinned by years of experience working within these environments, a vast amount of research and a solid theoretical understanding of the sensitive and complex psychological and organisational processes in these settings.'
- Nicole Wakeling, Music Therapist, Langdon Hospital, Regional Secure Unit, Dawlish, Devon