A-Z List


Sexual Abuse

Goals and Methodology

Compiled by Kristin Busacker - Fall 2006

Problem Areas for the client:

  • Difficulty expressing themselves through speech, facial expressions or hand movements
  • Varying degrees of control over trunk, limb, and head movement
  • Separation from people or loved ones emotionally and physically
  • Low self esteem
  • Trouble with coping
  • Trouble with resisting
  • Trouble with surviving
  • Closed off emotionally
  • Denying the truth/reality
  • Expressing emotions in an unhealthy way (example: physically hurting someone)

 

Goals:

  • Express emotions in a healthy way
  • Reflect on their feelings
  • Help children discover their common bond of feeling with each other and people they know
  • Help children to communicate this awareness and bring them out of the isolation due to the handicapping condition
  • Find alternative means of communication for children with cerebral palsy
  • Help children boost their self esteem
  • Understand more about certain cultures and how abuse affects them
  • It may give them an idea of how to alter a specific treatment to relate more to the victims culture
  • Help therapist see female perspective and what music can be used to treat female client
  • Help drew out thoughts and emotions
  • Show family what the child is going through and show how sessions can help client through recovery
  • Find the truth (asking questions)
  • To better understand the sexual abuser and what goes on in their mind
  • Determine whether an expressive type of therapy or a receptive type is a better tool for service

 

Methods:

    • Series of questions in song preferences
    • Improvise how they feel into a  song
    • Create a song with everyone’s news included
    • Tell a story while music is played
    • Blissymbolics is based on common words, letters and certain ideas represented by symbols
    • Blissymbolics can be used to sing a song or in discussing lyrics
    • Choosing a musical activity on their own
    • Writing lyrics for release of tension

    Compiled by Stephanie Chan - Fall 2006

    Problems:

    • Denial
    • Withdrawal
    • Inability to show their emotions to others
    • Reoccurrence in usage of substance
    • Isolating themselves/ little interaction with those around them
    • Fears: failure, adequacy, loss
    • Recovery and breaking a vicious cycle
    • No motivation to utilize spare time
    • Leading day-by-day life normalcy
    • Being passive
    • Low confidence or self-esteem

     

    Goals:

    • Confronting the problem
    • Learning self acceptance
    • Dealing with one’s confidence and self-esteem
    • How to socialize without the need for substances
    • How to deal with emotions in a positive way - expression
    • Developing routines or procedures
    • How to talk about problems and the addiction
    • Dealing with frustration
    • Learning how to use music to cope
    • Redirecting behavior with music
    • Finding healthy ways to deal with relaxation and daily stress
    • Define and feel/ accept accomplishment
    • Substitution of activities like music incorporation
    • Finding music to be support
    • Abandonment of negativity
    • How to be independent

     

    Methodology:

      • Early intervention
      • Similarities and differences of working with patients in different settings
      • Insight on how to maximize effectiveness of treatment
      • Clinical instruments and texts used for relapse
      • Counseling techniques
      • Games applied to music therapy session
      • Acting
      • Singing
      • Role introduction interviews in improvised musical statements
      • Song titles used with specific populations
      • Using music therapy in conjunction with other treatment plans/ therapies
      • Using music therapy to deal with family issues
      • Music to establish trust
      • Music to express anger, frustration, sadness and pain
      • Music in the assessment of family issues
      • Group song writing for self expression, development of cohesiveness, self-esteem
      • Lyric analysis/interpretation
      • Music analysis – taking lyrics apart, share the way music makes you feel
      • Theme and style selection
      • Lyric writing
      • Music composition
      • Culmination: to end or arrive in the final stages of acceptance
      • Demonstrating the elimination of early use
      • Music to inform people about the dangers of substance
      • Build community support and a healthy environment
      • Informing how substance abuse affects more people than those just addicted
      • Therapy discussion on how to prevent or intervene
      • Informing about different drugs and the problems they cause
      • Talking about honesty in music therapy
      • Willingness to communicate and open up in sessions for people with addictions
      • Using the 12-step approach supplemented by music
      • Music discussion and instruction
      • Group participatory music
      • Music listening
      • Expressive music intervention
      • Using LSD along with music therapy in treatments of alcoholism
      • Using recorded and live music during a session
      • Dividing musical groups by population (i.e. females in one group)
      • Using Orchestras – instant music in therapy
      • Improvising in activities
      • Use of rhythm instruments
      • Have a jam session
      • Playing the blues on piano to help with passiveness
      • Use music activities to acknowledge responsibility
      • Use music in peer groups
      • Use instrumental ensembles (i.e. rock groups) to counteract drug culture that glorifies the use of their drugs in their music
      • Music therapy as a facilitator in the creative process
      • Show patient how music can relax them/ help express feelings/emotions
      • Using the beat of drums
      • Using music to increase the awareness of family members
      • Music used to evaluate perpetrators