Empowerment: An intrinsic process and consequence of music therapy practice

Empowerment: An intrinsic process and consequence of music therapy practice

Abstract

In this article empowerment is explored with reference to music therapy practice. The idea that empowerment is intrinsic to and a consequence of music therapy practice is suggested. Exploration of literature and clinical vignettes highlights the ways in which registered music therapists (RMTs) use methods that are empowering, and provide insight into the ways in which RMTs can conceptualise their practice as empowerment. Through the analysis of this material, action dimensions that form part of our practice, that are empowering, and that may lead to empowerment are highlighted. The vignettes and clinical references contained in this article are derived from numerous fields including paediatrics, special education, disability and palliative care. The ideas presented in this article are related to, all fields and frameworks of music therapy practice.

 

Keywords: music therapy; empowerment


Citation

Daveson, B. A. (2001). Empowerment: An intrinsic process and consequence of music therapy practice. Australian Journal of Music Therapy, 12, 29-38.


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Date published: July 2001