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Music Therapy in Mental Health for Illness Management and Recovery

Second Edition

Michael Silverman

Publication Date - 09 June 2022

ISBN: 9780198865285

456 pages
9.7 x 6.7 inches

In Stock

For both students and clinicians in music therapy, this is an indispensable text to help them learn, develop, and hone their skills in music therapy.


Many music therapists work in adult mental health settings after qualifying. For many, it will be a challenging and even daunting prospect. Yet until now, there has been no psychiatric music therapy text providing advice on illness management and recovery.

The new edition of this established and acclaimed text provides the necessary breadth and depth to inform readers of the psychotherapeutic research base and show how music therapy can effectively and efficiently function within a clinical scenario. The book takes an illness management and recovery approach to music therapy specific to contemporary group-based practice. It is also valuable for administrators of music therapy, providing innovative theory-based approaches to psychiatric music therapy, developing and describing new ways to conceptualize psychiatric music therapy treatment, educating music therapists, stimulating research and employment, and influencing legislative policies. For the new edition, all chapters have been updated, and 2 new chapters added - on substance abuse, and the therapeutic alliance.

An important aim of the book is to stimulate both critical thought and lifelong learning concerning issues, ideas, and concepts related to mental illness and music therapy. Critical thinking and lifelong learning have been - and will likely continue to be - essential aspirations in higher education. Moreover, contemporary views concerning evidence-based practice rely heavily upon the clinician's ability to think critically, seek a breadth of contradicting and confirmatory evidence, implement meta-cognition to monitor thoughts throughout processes, and synthesize and evaluate knowledge to make informed clinical decisions relevant and applicable to idiosyncratic contextual parameters.

For both students and clinicians in music therapy, this is an indispensable text to help them learn, develop, and hone their skills in music therapy.

New to this Edition

  • Includes two new chapters on drug addiction and the therapeutic alliance
  • All other chapters updated with new advice and guidance


  • A fully updated edition, containing two new chapters - on the therapeutic alliance and drug addiction
  • Adopts a clear and sequential layout helping readers find information quickly and easily
  • Innovative in style, containing novel ideas and new ways of conceptualizing music therapy
  • Takes a practical approach, providing material which students and clinicians can immediately implement in their clinical practice

About the Author(s)

Michael Silverman, Professor of Music Therapy, University of Minnesota

Michael J. Silverman (Ph.D., MT-BC) is a full professor of music therapy and the music therapy program director at the University of Minnesota. A Morse-Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor and Distinguished McKnight University Professor, Dr. Silverman is widely published in peer-reviewed journals including the Journal of Music Therapy, the Nordic Journal of Music Therapy, and Psychology of Music. Dr. Silverman has received funding from the University of Minnesota, the American Music Therapy Association, and the National Institutes of Health and reviewed grants for the National Endowment for the Arts, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, and the European Science Federation. An active presenter at regional, national, and international conferences, he is a member of the research staff at the University Hospital where he is engaged in music therapy clinical practice and research with adults with mental health and substance use conditions.

Table of Contents

    1. The Social Impact, Prevalence, and Contemporary Short-Term Treatment of Mental Health Conditions
    2. Treatments and Illness and Recovery
    3. A Historical Overview of Music Therapy for Adults in Mental Health Settings
    4. Substance Use Disorders
    5. Music Therapy for Illness Management and Recovery
    6. Illness Management and Recovery Approach and Topics
    7. Therapeutic Mechanisms in Music Therapy for Adults with Mental Health Conditions
    8. The Therapeutic Relationship and Alliance
    9. Continuum Model of Music and Therapy within Music Therapy
    10. Transdiagnostic Theory for Group Music Therapy in Mental Health Settings
    11. Music Therapy for Diverse Service Users in Mental Health Settings
    12. The Music Therapy Treatment Process in Adult Mental Health Settings
    13. Music Therapy Interventions for Adults with Mental Health Conditions
    14. Music Therapy Research in Adult Mental Health
    15. Evidence-Based Practice in Music Therapy for Mental Health
    16. Future Treatments for Adults with Mental Health Conditions: Advancements, Models, and the Relevance of Music Therapy

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