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Title: Music in Therapy
Author: E. Thayer Gaston, Ph.D., ed.
Location: UWEC McIntyre Library--Main Stacks
Call #: ML 3920.M897C.3
490 pages The Macmillan Company (1968)
New York, New York

Geneva Scheining Folsom discusses what changes are going to be needed if the number of mental patients increases. Folsom explains how the patients will be there for a shorter amount of time because of the increase in number, so music therapists will need to use more short-term treatment programs and programs the patients can take home with them. Patients will need to learn how to play by ear instead of by sight. A therapist's work will not be secluded to the mental hospital, but instead it will extend to community treatment programs. Folsom fills the chapter with recommendations and suggestions. She also explains the long term goals as having four parts: (1) cure of mental illness, (2) prevention of mental illness, (3) preventative mental health services in a community, and (4) a positive program for improved mental health. Charles E. Braswell explains in his chapter that there are two categories for psychotherapeutic methods. The first one, reconstructive, is where one would usually investigate early experiences. The other category is called supportive, where one learns how to adapt to his or her environment. Patients often have a problem coming out of the clinic and end up back in. Therefore, a music therapist should work on helping them maintain good health after discharge from the clinic.

Title: “Music Therapy at Rainbow”
Address: http://www.kumc.edu/rainbow/mt2.html
1 pages viewed on April 29, 1997 (1997)

The Music Therapists of RMHF discuss its philosophy and goals of music therapy. They believe music therapy can help improve or establish good interpersonal skills and express feelings. They also believe music can help people orient to reality.