Playing with sound: the therapeutic use of music in direct work with children

Lefevre, Michelle (2004) Playing with sound: the therapeutic use of music in direct work with children. Child and Family Social Work, 9 (4). pp. 333-345. ISSN 1356-7500

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Children rarely have the language or the cognitive development to process and convey their experiences solely through words, so spontaneously complement these with symbolic forms of expression and communication, such as play, metaphor and a variety of visual, auditory and kinaesthetic imagery. Consequently, social workers need to supplement verbal methods of assessment and intervention with more symbolic modes of communication and engagement when working directly with children. The play therapy literature has been a key source of guidance and the expressive arts therapies, such as art and drama therapy, are now well represented in the literature and training of social workers in 'direct work with children'. However, principles and practice from music therapy are under-represented. The writer, who is a social worker, psychotherapist and musician, shares her reflections on introducing techniques and theoretical approaches from music therapy into her own therapeutically orientated direct work. Suggestions are made as to how other practitioners (both musically trained and not) could develop the use of music as a further 'tool' in their direct work with children.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Peer reviewed A very original piece, in a field in which there is little else published Theorises from brief narrative accounts of work with children Has high practice relevance
Schools and Departments: School of Education and Social Work > Social Work and Social Care
Depositing User: Michelle Lefevre
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 19:07
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2012 21:38
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