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Music Therapy in Child Welfare: Bridging Provision, Protection, and Participation
Viggo Kruger
Barcelona Publishers / Softcover / Jan 2022
9781945411519 (ISBN-10: 1945411511)
Music Therapy
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Music Therapy in Child Welfare explores the relationship between children’s rights and international child welfare and music therapy theory, research and practice. The purpose of the book is to contribute to an increased awareness among adults who work with children and adolescents in child welfare settings regarding music’s role, music therapy, and children’s rights. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) provides a worldview concerned with the idea that children are significant contributors of meaning in the society in which they live. As such, adults working with them in child welfare settings should pay attention to the many ways young people express and perform their meanings, especially through the use of music.

The book explores various theories, models and approaches aligned with a child-focused perspective. Music therapy are explained in regard to populations such as families, foster care, child welfare institutions, school, aftercare, and work with immigrants. The book also includes narratives taken from different contexts and presented in order to illustrate theoretical discussions. It is recommended that appropriate UNCRC-oriented music therapy practices should be arranged so that it is possible to take inclusive, multiple, both/and perspectives into account regarding the choice of music therapy strategy.

Table of Contents:



The Purpose of This Book

Overview of the Book

How Can Music Therapy in Child Welfare Be Contextualized from a UNCRC Perspective?

What Is the Relevance of Using Music Therapy in Child Welfare Settings as Seen from a Trauma-Informed Care Perspective?

Which Populations Do Music Therapists in Child Welfare Settings Meet?

Who Are the Participants in Music Therapy in Child Welfare Settings?

Which Strategies Are Useful in Music Therapy and Child Welfare Practices?

What Are the Normative Implications for Practice and Research as Seen from a Music Therapy in Child Welfare Perspective?

CHAPTER ONE: Music Therapy in Child Welfare from a UNCRC Perspective

Childhood and Child Welfare from a Sociohistorical Perspective

Music Therapy Viewed from Needs-Based and Rights-Based Perspectives

Provision, Protection, and Participation

Problems with the Rights Perspective

Barriers to Participation

Formal and Informal Child Welfare

CHAPTER TWO Music Therapy in Child Welfare from a Trauma-Informed Care Perspective

Music Therapy and Child Welfare in the Risk Society

The Need for Reflexive Adaptability

Developmental Trauma

Trauma-Informed Care and Music Therapy

Pillar I: Safety

Pillar II: Connections

Pillar III: Coping

CHAPTER THREE Populations that Music Therapists Meet in Child Welfare Settings

In-Home Services

Out-of-Home Care

Foster Care

Residential Care

School and Child Welfare

Music Therapy in Child Welfare as Community Work

Music Therapy in Transition to Adulthood and Independent Living

CHAPTER FOUR Participants in Music Therapy in Child Welfare Settings

Music Therapy as In-Home Support: “Rune”

Music Therapy in Out-of-Home Foster Care: “Jane”

Music Therapy in an Out-of-Home Child Protection Institution: “Linda”

Music Therapy for Unaccompanied Asylum Seekers: “B”

CHAPTER FIVE Music Therapy Strategies in Child Welfare

Person-Oriented Strategy

Group-Oriented Strategy

Citizen Participation Strategy

Phases in the Development of Strategies

CHAPTER SIX Normative Implications for Using Music Therapy in Child Welfare

Adults Are in Charge

Children Are Children

Manipulation of Therapeutic Goals?

The Problem with the Minimum Intervention Principle

The Ideal of the Self-Taught Musician

Toward an Integrated Child Perspective on Music Therapy in Child Welfare

CHAPTER SEVEN Concluding Thoughts: UNCRC—A Ghost in the Machine?

Bridging Provision, Protection, and Participation



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