Music Therapy with Parent-Child Dyads: The Role of Creativity in Clinical Decision Making

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This presentation provides information pertinent addressing the question “What is the process of clinical decision making for music therapists working with parent-child dyads in individual music therapy sessions?”. This represents the literature review conducted as part of the presenter’s dissertation research, through an exploration of the literature on clinical decision making and creativity in diverse disciplines (including music therapy). Video examples of a music therapist working with a parent-child dyad contextualize the information shared in the presentation.


Learner Objectives:

  1. Attendees will articulate an understanding creativity as a dynamic and systemic process that involves the domain, field, and individual (Csikszentmihalyi, 2009).
  2. Attendees will articulate an understanding of current research in clinical decision making.
  3. Attendees will articulate an understanding of principles of systems theory (Bateson, 1972; Bertalanffy, 1968) as they apply to individual parent-child music therapy sessions.


About Presenter:
Carol Ann Blank is a doctoral candidate at Drexel University completing her dissertation research in clinical decision making in music therapy with parent-child dyads. Carol Ann is also the Manager of Special Needs Services at Music Together LLC where she developed and manages the Music Together Within Therapy program.