Community mental health musictherapy: A consumer-initiated song-based paradigm (en français)

Authors

  • Sue Baines Capilano University
  • Graeme Danko Capilano University

Keywords:

community, mental health, music therapy, survey, group therapy,

Abstract

In 1997, a music therapy program was first piloted in a community mental health clubhouse and six months later expanded to five community mental health group homes, all administrated by an accredited agency in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, Canada. This agency serves persons with a diagnosis of chronic and persistent mental illness and adheres to a consumer-initiated model of practice. In an article published in the Canadian Journal of Music Therapy, Baines (2000) described the predominantly song-based approach of that program and documented a consumer evaluation of it, concluding that the client-centred empowerment model of consumer inclusiveness described appeared to contribute significantly to the rehabilitative effect of the program. In this article, the authors report on the current status of the program, including new data from surveys of consumers and staff as well as in-depth consumer interviews regarding their awareness of how and why the consumer-initiated, song-based music therapy program is effective for them. 

Author Biographies

Sue Baines, Capilano University

Sue Baines (Ph. D., MTA, FAMI) enseigne au programme de baccalauréat en musicothérapie de l’université Capilano de Vancouver (C.-B.) et exerce la musicothérapie en soins de longue durée. Ses travaux de recherche visent à promouvoir la justice sociale dans la pédagogie, la recherche et la pratique de la musicothérapie. Sue est Rédactrice en chef de la Revue canadienne de musicothérapie depuis 2016 et collabore au Arts and Psychotherapy Journal.

Graeme Danko, Capilano University

Graeme Danko (B. MT, MTA, MT-BC) a obtenu son diplôme du programme de musicothérapie de l’université Capilano en 2008. Après avoir effectué son internat au service de santé mentale Coast Mental Health de Vancouver (C.-B.), il s’est installé à Ottawa (ON), où il a oeuvré auprès d’adultes touchés par des problèmes de développement. Depuis 2018, il vit aux É.-U., où il pratique toujours la musicothérapie et dirige Looking Upwards Inc., un programme de soutien communautaire pour les adultes handicapés à Middletown, au Rhode Island.

Published

2021-04-21

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