A portrait of music therapy in supporting relationships & saying goodbye

Amy Clements-Cortes, PhD, RP, MTA, MT-BC, Fellow of the Association for Music and Imagery

An overview of the author’s recent systematic analysis of the emerging themes in palliative care will be presented to provide context to the case of Dean, a 68 year old male dying of pancreatic cancer. Music therapy was instrumental in helping Dean connect to his wife, children and grandchildren, and was implemented at three levels of practice over the course of his sessions. His case represents the following emergent themes: 1) Physical: Music Therapy to Promote Relaxation; 2) Psycho-social: Emotional Expression and Grieving, Supporting Relationships, and Relationship Completion; and 3) Spiritual and Whole Person Care: Life Review and Legacy Creation.

  1. Learn about the presenter’s analysis of the emerging themes of practice in palliative care music therapy. (Refers to CBMT Doman IV. Professional Development and Responsibilities: A. Professional Development point
  2. Review current research and literature in music therapy and related disciplines.
  3. Identify clinical implications and best practices on supporting and facilitating relationship completion at end-of-life. (Refers to CBMT Domain III Ongoing Evaluation of Treatment).
  4. Learn from a clinical case example about the benefits of songwriting, improvisation and song choice in supporting relationships. (Refers to CBMT Domain 1 Treatment Planning: D points 10-13 & 15-16).
  5. Learn about levels of practice in palliative care music therapy. (Refers to CBMT Domain 1 Treatment Planning: D point 10).

Amy Clements-Cortes, PhD, RP, MTA, MT-BC, Fellow of the Association for Music and Imagery is an Assistant Professor, MaHRC, University of Toronto; Instructor and Supervisor, Wilfrid Laurier University & Ryerson; Music Therapist and Registered Psychotherapist. Amy is President of the WFMT, and Managing Editor: Music and Medicine journal. She has multiple peer reviewed publications, including her new 2016 book: “Voices of the Dying and Bereaved”.

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