A grounded theory of music therapists’ approach to goal processes within their clinical practice
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Source TitleArts in Psychotherapy
University of Melbourne Author/sThompson, Grace
AffiliationMelbourne Conservatorium of Music
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsThompson, G. A. (2020). A grounded theory of music therapists’ approach to goal processes within their clinical practice. Arts in Psychotherapy, 70, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.aip.2020.101680.
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This study explores the conditions and circumstances that influence the way experienced music therapists identify the therapeutic focus of their practice. Participants included 45 music therapists practicing in 8 different countries who were aged between 33–67 years old and with at least 5 years of professional experience. Participants described their approach to goals/aims within their practice, and the factors they believe influence their process. Grounded theory analysis generated a theoretical explanation of how music therapists engage with both the client and their employment context, and the way the attributes of these actors are likely to affect the process of identifying a therapeutic focus for the work. Implications for music therapy training and professional development are offered, with an emphasis on the subsequent ethical considerations and responsibilities of the therapist.
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