The Impact of Expressive Music Therapy and Dance Therapy on the Reconstruction of Abused Women with Psychosomatic Disorders

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This presentation will look at the impact of expressive music therapy and dance therapy on the reconstruction of abused women with psychosomatic disorders.

Background of the study: As part of our study, we investigate the degree of effectiveness of the music therapy and dance-therapy integration in psychosomatic disorder’s intervention for abused women aged between 18 and 45 years in Lebanon.

Objectives of the study: The study is based on the validation of the violence psychotraumatisms effects on the psychosomatic functioning of abused women. In this process, an intervention protocol in music therapy and in dance-therapy has been developed. This is to analyze, on the one hand, the compatibility of their axes with the components of relational psychosomatic approach and on the other hand, their effectiveness on the activation and reconstruction of disrupted psychic patterns of these women by the violence effects.

Methodology used: Standardized scales are used in statistics to evaluate physical and mental health components. Then, the comparative tables form the analysis tools of the link between the art-therapeutic protocol and the psychosomatic axes. Finally, the effectiveness of music therapy and dance therapy practice on the violence effects is analyzed by women evolution grids based on the worked objectives.

Results: The results revealed in our sample severe anxiety prevalence, somatization’s heterogeneity, high pain’s intensity, life dissatisfaction’s prevalence, a significantly high negative affectivity and disturbed coping mechanisms. Moreover, the common criteria of art-therapeutic and psychosomatic axes allowed the validation of this correlation. As a result, experimentation of music therapy and dance therapy proved better therapeutic support for women experiencing the violence consequences.

Conclusion: Thus, music therapy and dance therapy make it possible to meet the psychosomatic suffering inflicted by the violence psychotraumatisms and to offer women the psycho-corporal reconstructive opportunity We’ll be also discussing music therapy intervention after Beirut Explosion with children.

Learner Objectives:

  1. Using a music therapy assessment, identify client functioning level and strengths within the following areas of need (cognitive, communicative, musical, physical/motor, psychological. sensory, social, spiritual)
  2. Identify client’s active symptoms, behaviors, clinical history, family dynamics and support systems, mood/affect, multicultural and spiritual context, music background and skills. social and interpersonal relationships, stressors related to present status including trauma. values, preferences, and interests.
  3. Draw conclusions for recommendations based on analysis and interpretation of assessment findings.
  4. Develop a therapeutic relationship & Provide individualized music therapy experiences to address client’s abilities (anxiety, trauma, pain, coping skills, affects, emotions, self awareness, self-esteem, verbal and non verbal communication, relaxation, quality of life…)
  5. Utilize the following music therapy approaches to inform clinical practice: community music therapy, culture-centered, health and wellness, humanistic, improvisational, and psycho-dynamic

Presenter Biography:

Fiona Abou-Abdou is a French-Lebanese senior psychomotor occupational therapist certified in Music Therapy, holding Psychosomatic & Mental Health Counseling (MA), working in specialized centers, schools and clinics, Team Leader of psychological support