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The Music in Music Therapy: Psychodynamic Music Therapy in Europe: Clinical, Theoretical and Research Approaches
De Backer, Jos and Julie P. Sutton (Eds) | Foreword by Professor Paul Williams
Jessica Kingsley / Softcover / 2014-05-01 / 1849053537
Music Therapy
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Bringing together a wide range of European thought on music therapy practice, this book provides a deeper insight into the aspects of the therapeutic process which are enabled by music.

With a theoretical, psychodynamic approach and high quality clinical case material from across Europe, the editors stress the role of music within music therapy and show how essential the musician is within the identity of a music therapist.

The first of its kind, this comprehensive text is an invaluable resource for experienced music therapists worldwide, alongside students and trainees.


'The contributors to this book show how it is possible to connect with important, unspoken truths in the lives of individuals, including very severely disturbed individuals, through music, and in so doing render new opportunities for expression of subjugated aspects of the self.'

— from the foreword by Professor Paul Williams

'The Music in Music Therapy explores music and musical processes as central to music psychotherapeutic practice, primarily through case studies by clinicians from throughout Europe. With a focus on psychodynamic music therapy and the inclusion of cases with a variety of clientele, the book is a welcome addition to the growing literature addressing the role of music in music therapy. In addition to being drawn into the clinical presentations, I am excited and enriched by reading the theoretical material and perspectives on music therapy research that are included.'

–Professor Barbara L. Wheeler, PhD, MT-BC, Professor Emerita, Montclair State University, and retired professor, University of Louisville, USA


Foreword by Paul Williams, Training and Supervising Analyst, The British Psychoanalytical Society. 1. Introduction. The Music in Music Therapy: Writing without a pen. Jos De Backer, Professor, Leuven University College of Arts (LUCA), Belgium. Julie Sutton, Centre for Psychotherapy, Belfast Health & Social Services Trust. 2. Music Therapy in Europe: The identity and professionalization of European music therapy. Jos De Backer. Monika Nöcker Ribaupierre, Vice-President, International Society of Music in Medicine (ISMM), Germany. Julie Sutton. 3. Theoretical Perspectives of Music Therapy: The state of the art. Jos De Backer. Julie Sutton. 4. The Role of Ontology in Music Therapy Theory and Practice. Rachel Darnley Smith, Senior Lecturer, Roehampton University, UK. 5. Music and Psychosis, A Case Study: Adrian. Jos De Backer. Jan Van Camp, Professor, Leuven University College of Arts (LUCA), Belgium. 6. Time after Time: Working with severely disturbed adults in a regional health service outpatient setting. Julie Sutton. 7. Music Therapy for Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Especially Autism: A case study with a theoretical foundation and an evaluation tool. Karin Schumacher, Professor of Music Therapy, University of the Arts, Berlin, Germany. 8. Invitation to the World of Silence, Sounds and Sharing – the 'Hard to Reach' Patient. Esa Ala-Ruona, Associate Professor and Researcher, University of Jyväskylä, Finland. 9. Multifaceted Music Therapy in Forensic Psychiatry, Laurien Hakvoort, Lecturer, Department of Music, ArtEZ School of Music, Enschede, The Netherlands. 10. From Paranoid Experience to Incipient Trust: Focal music therapy with an adult paranoid psychotic patient. Dorothee Storz, Co-Founder, Austrian Association of Music Therapists and the Viennese Institute of Music Therapy. 11. Improvisation and Music Therapy -The person and the creating psyche: Juan's sonata. Patxi del Campo San Vicente, Director, Postgraduate Programme in Music Therapy, Music, Art and Process Institute, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain. Elvira Martín Martín, Psychologist, Salamanca University, Spain. 12. Reviving the Dead Mother: Music therapy and learning disability. Adriano Primadei, Music Therapist and Director, Florence Psychodynamic Music Therapy Training Course. 13. The Walking Bass: Supporting the sounding relationship for patients with dementia. Lieselotte Ronse, Music Therapist, Huis Perrekes, Belgium. Rita Maes, Music Therapist, Huis Perrekes, Belgium. 14. Implicit and Explicit Metalization in Music Therapy in the Psychiatric Treatment of People with Borderline Personality Disorder. Niels Hannibal, Co-Editor, Music Therapy in Psychiatry Online (MIPO), Denmark. 15. Lonely Girl with a Voice: Rediscovering the self in individual music psychotherapy. Teresa Leite, Associate Professor, Universidade Lusíada de Lisboa, Portugal. 16. The Religion of Evidence Based Practice: Helpful or harmful to music therapy? Tony Wigram, Former President, European Music Therapy Confederation and the World Federation of Music Therapy. 17. Experiences of Psychodynamic, Improvisational Music Therapy for People with Depression. Jaakko Erkkilä, Director, Music Therapy Masters Programme, University of Jyväskylä, Finland. 18. The Evolution of Group Participation through Sounds and Musical Play: Participatory action research. Cathy Warner, Senior Lecturer, University of West England, UK. 19. Supervision in Music Therapy: The jumping off point. Jos De Backer. Julie Sutton. 20. Institutional Dynamics and the Art and Practice of Self-reflection. Janet Corry, Consultant Psychiatrist, Northern Ireland. Julie Sutton. 21. Therapeutic Interventions in Psychodynamic Music Therapy: The music in music therapy. Jos De Backer. Julie Sutton. Afterword by Rudi Vermote, Psychoanalyst, University Psychiatric Centre KULeuven, Belgium.

About the Edtitors:

Jos De Backer is a Professor of music therapy at Leuven University College of Arts (LUCA), campus Lemmensinstituut, Belgium and is Head of the Masters training course in music therapy. He studied music education and music therapy in Belgium and Vienna and he completed his PhD in music therapy at the University of Aalborg, Denmark. He is Head of the Music Therapy Department in the University Psychiatric Centre KULeuven, campus Kortenberg where he works as a music therapist treating young psychotic patients and patients with personality disorder. De Backer specialises in clinical improvisation, is a member of the advisory Editorial Board for the Nordic Journal of Music Therapy and of the Editorial Panel of the British Journal of Music Therapy and is a past President of the European Music Therapy Confederation.

Julie Sutton works in a regional psychotherapy service in the UK NHS, specialising in severe disturbance. She studied music at Royal Holloway College, University of London and obtained postgraduate training in education and music at Goldsmith's College, London University. She has two research degrees from the University of Ulster, including her PhD which looked at improvisation as a form of conversation. Her music therapy training was with City University London/ Nordoff Robbins and she is currently training with the N. I. Association for the Study of Psychoanalysis. Sutton is a Millennium Fellow, member of the Incorporated Society of Musicians, a Trustee of the British Association for Music Therapy, past Vice President of the European Music Therapy Confederation, BAMT Education and Training Officer for the BAMT and Editor-in-Chief for the British Journal of Music Therapy.

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