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Title: A Phenomenological Study on Music Therapists Treating Trauma Patients
Authors: Lee, Dominique J
Keywords: Music Therapy;Trauma;Phenomenology
Issue Date: 21-Aug-2009
Abstract: The purpose of this study was to gain understanding and knowledge of the lived experience of music therapists treating trauma patients. Within the music therapy field, the trauma therapy has been gaining interest over the years. There have been many books and articles written about the trauma patient population itself and the music therapy interventions. However, the problem to be addressed is that currently there is a lack of study focused on the music therapists’ experience of treating trauma patients in relation to such topic as Vicarious Traumatization (VT), Compassion Fatigue (CF), and Burn Out. There is evidence from the Secondary Traumatic Stress Syndrome (STS) how conducting trauma therapy may result in VT, CF, and Burn Out for the therapists. However, within the music therapy field this is a subject that was not explored and studied much. The research was conducted within the phenomenological framework with added musical improvisation of “Self-Portrait” as an artistic inquiry component. The subjects who conduct trauma therapy were recruited and they were interviewed using the open-ended interview guide. The musical data was analyzed based on a Structural Model for Music Analysis (SMMA) developed by Erdonmez Grocke (1999) and the verbal data was analyzed based on Modification of the Stevick-Collaizzi-Keen Method of Analysis of Phenomenological Data (Moustakas, 1994). The results show how challenging it is for the therapist to be present and working with trauma patients and what it feels like to hear the trauma materials of the patients. There was only one case reported of having experienced VT, CF, and Burn Out as a result of working with trauma patients. It is important to note the findings from the musical data and the verbal data are congruent and concurrent which supports and strengthens the research results.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1860/3086
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