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Music Therapy with Military and Veteran Populations

Paperback / ISBN-13: 9781787754799

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Combining essential information, professional insights, and lived experiences, this book offers a unique overview of the use of music therapy with active-duty service members, veterans, and other military-connected populations in the United States. Contributors include music therapists specializing with the military, as well as military personnel, veterans, and their families, providing an in-depth review of the impact that music therapy can have within this community.

Detailing the historical evolution of the approach within a military context, the book explores the integration of music therapy into traditional treatment programs for service members and veterans particularly those with TBI and PTSD. Chapters cover the use of music therapy in both individual and group settings, and the opportunities to facilitate therapy via virtual platforms. Throughout, it emphasises the importance of music in military culture, highlighting the benefits of this approach with military communities. Personal accounts from military families are also included, as well as discussion on continued clinical and research innovation within the field.

The first book to address this growing practice, it will inspire, inform and empower therapists and professionals working with and supporting military populations.

Reviews

I've seen first-hand how military music creates a sense of belonging , encouragement, and comfort among those who serve. This well-written and carefully-researched book suggests it can do more and charts a compelling way forward for music therapy in the recovery of service members, veterans, and their families.
Retired General Martin E. Dempsey, 18th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Rebecca Vaudreuil is a force of nature and, with this seminal book, has assembled a collection of essays that, taken together, paint a picture of the living, breathing, evolving phenomenon of music therapy in the military, from pioneering practitioners to national partnerships!
Arthur Bloom, Founder & Director, MusiCorps
My compliments to Rebecca Vaudreuil and the many authors who brought this important work to life. Music can heal our minds and calm our souls. I've taken my guitar with me on multiple combat deployments. Whether playing a few minutes before bed or having my team join a video conference to play name that tune, I've sought to share the power of music with all those I've had the privilege to serve.
Lieutenant General (Ret.) Bob Ashley, guitar player
Rebecca Vaudreuil provides a much-needed comprehensive resource about music and military-connected communities all-in-one-place. This book will surely guide the continued integration of music therapy in military and veteran healthcare.
Dr. Nina Kraus, Hugh Knowles Professor at Northwestern University
This very important book assembles experts from music therapy and the military and provides the historical and essential role of music with military and veteran populations. Music therapy models of care within military and veteran healthcare systems, with families, and in communities are highlighted. This should be required reading for music therapists, program directors, and other professionals involved with service provision to military personnel, veterans, and their families and caregivers.
Concetta M. Tomaino, DA. LCAT. MT-BC, Executive Director/co-found, Institute for Music and Neurologic Function, NY