Journal Article

A Comprehensive Survey of Music Therapists Practicing in Correctional Psychiatry: Demographics, Conditions of Employment, Service Provision, Assessment, Therapeutic Objectives, and Related Values of the Therapist

Peggy A. Codding

in Music Therapy Perspectives

Published on behalf of American Music Therapy Association

Volume 20, issue 2, pages 56-68
Published in print January 2002 | ISSN: 0734-6875
Published online January 2002 | e-ISSN: 2053-7387 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/mtp/20.2.56
A Comprehensive Survey of Music Therapists Practicing in Correctional Psychiatry: Demographics, Conditions of Employment, Service Provision, Assessment, Therapeutic Objectives, and Related Values of the Therapist

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Credentialed music therapists who lived in the United States and practiced in correctional institutions housing inmates with severe mental illness, or in forensic settings nationwide, completed a 90-item survey concerning music therapy principles and practice in these settings. Respondents were members of the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA), were listed in the AMTA database as working in correctional/forensic psychiatry, and were practicing as music therapists in one of these settings during the Fall of 2000. Survey interests included group demographics, selected values of the music therapists as related to clinical practice, professional education and training, employment history, conditions of employment, and a description of assessment practices used in the clinical protocol. Treatment objectives specific to correctional psychiatry were identified and therapeutic uses/functions of music were described as applied to the population. A brief history of music therapy in correctional psychiatry preceded the presentation of survey methods and results.

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