Group music therapy for adults with mood and anxiety disorders
A music-centred and resource-oriented approach
If you’re working in adult mental health, then this tutorial is for you!
Dr Mitchell brings a thoughtful and evidence-based perspective to working with adults with anxiety and mood disorders.
Exploring both music-centred and resource-oriented frameworks, Dr Mitchell discusses how music can be both intrinsically beneficial (music-centred) and a powerful resource (resource-oriented).
Dr Mitchell describes a typical improvisation session format which includes a musical check in, sound-layering improvisation, ‘storm’ improvisation, emotion-based improvisation, and group drumming.
She also outlines a music-listening session format, incorporating song sharing and playlist creation.
Participant feedback has highlighted the benefit of these methods in regard to expressing and shifting emotions, promoting connection, and feeling supported and ‘cared for’.
Dr Mitchell closes with a respectful exploration of the dissonance we sometimes feel between the music ‘itself’ and the extra-musical goals we work towards.
This tutorial includes extra resources for you to develop your skills further and the tutorial closes with 3 optional bonus content activities which will extend your learning and earn you extra CMTE/CPPD credits.
Elizabeth Mitchell PhD, RP, MTA, is Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Music at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, where she coordinates the Bachelor of Music Therapy Program. A registered psychotherapist and certified music therapist, Liz has extensive experience working in mental health treatment settings with children, adolescents, and adults. As a researcher and practitioner, Liz’s curiosities include community music therapy, music psychotherapy in mental health, and the interconnections between music therapy and allied musical practices. Since 2019, Liz has served as the Ethics Chair for the Canadian Association of Music Therapists. Outside of music therapy, Liz holds an ARCT in piano performance. To fill up her musical soul, she loves playing and singing pop tunes at open mics and singing professionally with the Canadian Chamber Choir.
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Preview1. Introduction, overview and learning outcomes (6:37)
Start2. Overview of music therapy literature in mood and anxiety disorders (7:27)
Start3. Theoretical foundations/models of music therapy in practice (5:45)
Start4. Fundamentals of program development (7:34)
Start5. Use of improvisation in adult mental health (13:31)
Start6. Use of music-listening in adult mental health (7:42)
Start7. Feedback from participants (8:18)
Start8. Balancing music-psychotherapy and music-centred perspectives (5:01)
Start9. Summary, bonus content & extra resources (1:33)
Frequently Asked Questions
For MT-BC’s in the US and Canada you can submit your certificate in the workshops/independant learning category as an ‘other continuing education opportunity’. MTO will be applying for this tutorial to be approved by CBMT (US) but in the meantime you can use the following CBMT Domains when you submit your CMTE certificate to CBMT.
1. Participants will be able to summarise highlights of current literature that supports music therapy's impact in the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders. (CBMT Domain II D. 2b.)
2. Advocate for the role of music-centered theory and resource-oriented approach within music psychotherapy practice. (CBMT Domain IV B. 18.)
3. Articulate the clinical rationale for using improvisation and music listening with adults with mood and anxiety disorders. (CBMT Domain V A. 2.3.6.)
4. Apply practical musical experiences within your own music therapy practice. (CBMT Domain I 10. III A. 5g.l.r.v.y.aa.bb.).
5. Understand the process for developing, implementing and evaluating music therapy programming in adult inpatient mental health. (CBMT Domain II D. 220.127.116.11. III A.1a.b.c.e. 2b.g.k.p.r.y.ff.kk.vv.fff. 4g.j.).