Group music therapy teaches the clients to work as a team, as they are all reaching for the same goal of recovery. Respect and appropriate behaviors are learned while working with the therapist and other group members. Being a part of a group with similar struggles can provide a great support group for clients to relate to.
Each client's will first participate in a music therapy assessment to determine individualized goals and objectives. Then the client will be placed in an appropriate group where their goals will be implemented and documented throughout each session. A progress report will be sent home every six weeks to show the data collection and improvements. Goals and objectives are continuously evaluated and adjusted to fit the needs of the client.
Substance Abuse: Music can be used as a second voice for patients. Music therapy can help confront the addiction, regulate mood and develop coping strategies. It can also increase expression of feelings through direct discussion, lyric analysis or metaphors, and create a circle of friends with other peers going through similar experiences.
Developmental Disabilities: Group music therapy can provide an enjoyable environments for clients to work
on goals while interacting with peers. Bell charts, song writing, music and movement, drum circles, and other musical experiences can help accomplish group and individualized goals.