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Music and Expressive Arts Therapies 

Music and Expressive Arts Therapies
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Music and Expressive Arts Therapies
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Suzanne B. Hanser

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199329724.003.0014
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date: 18 October 2019

Chapter 14 covers music and expressive arts therapies, including how the fields of art, dance/movement, drama, and music therapies are regulated by national organizations in the United States, with specific credentialing processes for qualified practitioners, that poetry therapy and expressive writing are considered expressive arts therapies, but their practitioners are not credentialed, that individual and group work, passive and active methods, and techniques based on multiple philosophical orientations are all used, and that clinical goals include psychological as well as physiological and spiritual outcomes, that research meta-analyses reveal improvement in quality of life via expressive writing, art, dance/movement, and music therapies, and that various protocols enhance social coping, mood, and general/physical health, and reduce anxiety, fatigue, depression, and distress.

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