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Title: The impact of a clinician’s mourning on music therapy treatment
Authors: Junkin, Janelle S
Issue Date: May-2006
Abstract: The purpose of this study is to explore how a clinician’s mourning impacts music therapy practice. The design of the research included interviewing music therapists and data analysis using grounded theory. Subjects included nine music therapists who reported meeting the inclusion criteria. Subjects answered questions regarding their work with patients who have died; how the music therapists mourned that death and the impact that death had on their continued therapeutic relationships. There is currently limited research detailing the impact of a clinicians’ mourning on their continued clinical work. Death is a natural process that closes the life cycle; therefore, it behooves therapists to begin to consider their own responses and fantasies about death and the impact of this on their future therapy relationships. There are an ever-increasing number of music therapists entering the area of hospice care according to The American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) Member Sourcebook. Through developing research in this area future music therapists working with this population may have additional resources to integrate within their practice. The data may assist in the development of practice models that seek to reduce stress and burnout for clinicians in this area. Seven general categories of therapists’ experience of meaning in music and mourning emerged from the data analysis: Connections, Prophylactic Use of Music, Kinesthetic Experiences, Boundaries, Rituals, Closure, Musical Beliefs and Concepts, and Clinical Impact. Across the board, subjects reported a desire to maintain connections with others to keep from being isolated in their work.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1860/1098
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