Exploring the value of opportunities for choice and control in music therapy within a paediatric hospice setting

Exploring the value of opportunities for choice and control in music therapy within a paediatric hospice setting

Abstract

This article explores the value of providing opportunities for choice and control in music therapy sessions within a children's hospice. The field of paediatric palliative care is briefly described and contextualised within better known fields of music therapy practice. Relevant literature is reviewed describing the role of choice and control in adult palliative care, paediatric medical settings, and special education. The unique dimensions of music therapy practice in a paediatric hospice setting are then outlined using a model of the therapeutic interaction, illustrated by three clinical vignettes. The authors conclude by reflecting on issues arising from offering multiple opportunities for choice and control within sessions, including rejection, chaos, and the question of value.

 

Keywords: children's hospice; choice and control; empowerment; music therapy; palliative care; paediatrics


Citation

Sheridan, J., & McFerran, K. (2004). Exploring the value of opportunities for choice and control in music therapy within a paediatric hospice setting. Australian Journal of Music Therapy, 15, 18-32.


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Date published: July 2004