Deanna Hanson-Abromeit – Effective Clinical Practice in Music Therapy: Medical Music Therapy for Adults in Hospital Settings


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The impact of hospitalization on children and their families is becoming more clearly understood in today s changing healthcare environment. Pediatric inpatient services are focused on children with more critical illnesses, shorter hospital stays, and a culture of family-centered care. This publication clearly exemplifies the role of music therapists and the benefits of music therapy in the pediatric setting. Content is based on evidence from the literature, clinical experience, and strong relationships between the therapists, their patients and families, and the staff with whom they work. Each chapter is geared to a specialized pediatric unit. The information, however, can be generalized to other areas of the hospital. Readers will learn about patient needs and diagnoses experienced on the unit. Integrated throughout are helpful tips and practical knowledge to inform a treatment process that may be implemented within only one session. Case studies illustrate the efficacious nature of music therapy in the medical environment and sample forms provide examples of documentation unique to this setting. The student of music therapy, and the professional looking to expand areas of clinical practice, will benefit from the detailed information on service delivery in acute settings. Hospital administrators and medical personnel will gain a clearer understanding of how music therapy functions in the pediatric setting, as well as the benefits of having a music therapist within the pediatric interdisciplinary treatment team. Current medical music therapists will find this resource valuable for program expansion, as supporting documentation of current practice, and as an educational tool for interns and co-workers.

Product Details


355 pages


American Music Therapy Association, Inc. (November 1, 2010)







Product Dimensions:

10.8 x 8.3 x 1 inches

Deanna Hanson-Abromeit

Deanna Hanson-Abromeit is an assistant professor of music therapy at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She earned her Bachelor of Music and Masters of Arts in Music Therapy from The University of Iowa and the Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education/Music Therapy from the University of Kansas. She has 13 years of clinical experience within the hospital setting and community-based facilities. Dr. Hanson-Abromeit currently serves on the Continuing Education Committee of the Certification Board for Music Therapists and on the editorial board of Music Therapy Perspectives. Her clinical practice, conference presentations, and publications focus on the influence of music-based interventions on the development of premature, critically-ill and at-risk infants. Cynthia Colwell is the Director of Music Therapy at The University of Kansas. Her teaching and research interests are teaching music to special populations, music therapyin the schools, music therapy with hospitalized children, using children s literature in therapeutic applications, and Orff-Schulwerk applications in music therapy. She is the past president of the Midwestern Region of the American Music Therapy Association and a past-president of the Kansas Orff Chapter. She has published in the journals and presented at the conferences of the American Music Therapy Association, Music Educators National Conference, and American Orff-Schulwerk Association. She has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Music Therapy, Music Therapy Perspectives, Update: Applications of Research in Music Education and Journal of Research in Music Education.