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«Running head: SONGWRITING IN THERAPY Songwriting in Therapy: Letter of Intent for a Final Project John A. Downes Campus Alberta Applied Psychology ...»

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Data Collection and Analysis An initial literature review of the subject of therapeutic songwriting resulted in a paucity of documents devoted exclusively to therapeutic songwriting. Therefore it is not unrealistic to search for all available writings, publications, and materials pertaining to therapeutic songwriting techniques. Sources of information will be identified through a comprehensive search of the music therapy literature, including journals, books, dissertations, and conference programs.

Similarly to the work of Bruscia (1987) each technique will be described according to a basic outline that will provide a uniform way of organizing the information. This will also provide a framework for synthesizing different techniques according to common goals or client needs. Each technique will be described according to: salient features, clinical uses, client prerequisites, therapist skills, goals, media and roles, format, preparation required, procedures, data interpretation, and client-therapist dynamics or group dynamics.

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counsellors who wish to include songwriting as a therapeutic treatment procedure. The format of the guidebook follows.

Section one will include the rationale and literature review. Section two will present therapeutic songwriting techniques with detailed instructions and examples of materials. Those techniques mentioned in the literature will be fully explained and referenced. The author will supply additional techniques.

Section three will include index lists of client populations, physical, communicative and cognitive abilities, skill levels, and goals, along with suggestions of appropriate methods of therapeutic songwriting for each of the aforementioned headings.

Section four will provide an explanation of ethical concerns raised by the cocreation of songs written for therapeutic purposes within music therapy or counselling sessions. Model consent forms and agreement for use forms will also be presented in this section. Finally, section five will present a resource list for materials, software and

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Beck, A.T., Weissman, A., Lester, D., & Trexler, L. (1974). The measurement of pessimism: The hopelessness scale. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 42(6), 861-865.

Bruscia, K. E. (1987). Improvisational models of music therapy. Springfield, Illinois:

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Canadian Association for Music Therapy (1999). Code of ethics. Retrieved July 13, 2004 from www.musictherapy.ca/pdf/ethicsen.pdf.

Carson, D. K., & Becker, K. W. (2004). When lightning strikes: Reexamining creativity in psychotherapy. Journal of Counseling & Development, 82(1), 111-115.

Curtis, S. L. (2000). Singing subversion, singing soul: Women's voices in feminist music therapy. Dissertation abstracts international. A, The humanities and social

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Ficken, T. (1976). The use of songwriting in a psychiatric setting. Journal of Music Therapy, 13(4), 163-172.

Goldstein, S.L. (1990). A songwriting assessment for hopelessness in depressed adolescents: A review of the literature and a pilot study. The Arts in Psychotherapy, 17, 117-124.

Mayers, K.S. (1995). Songwriting as a way to decrease anxiety and distress in traumatized children. The Arts in Psychotherapy, 22(5), 495-498.

Mertens, D. M. (1998). Research Methods in Education and Psychology: Integrating

Diversity with Qualitative & Quantitative Approaches. Thousand Oaks, CA:

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Miles, R. (1993). I've got a song to sing. Elementary School Guidance & Counseling, 28(1), 71-75.

O’Callaghan, C.C. (1996). Lyrical themes in songs written by palliative care patients.

The Journal of Music Therapy, 33,74-92.

Priestley, M. (1985). Music Therapy in Action. St. Louis, MO: MMB.

Rickson, D.J. & Watkins, W.G. (2003). Music therapy to promote prosocial behaviors in aggressive adolescent boys – a pilot study. Journal of Music Therapy, 11(4), 283-301.

Robb, S.L. & Ebberts, A.G. (2003). Songwriting and digital video production interventions for pediatric patients undergoing bone marrow transplantation, Part 1: an analysis of depression and anxiety levels according to phase of treatment. Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing, 20(1), 2-15.

Shapiro, J. (2004). Can poetry be data? Potential relationships between poetry and

research. Families, Systems, & Health, 22(2), 171-177.

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