Music Therapy in Child Welfare: Bridging Provision, Protection, and Participation
Author : Viggo Kruger
Music Therapy in Child Welfare explores the relationship between children’s rights and international child welfare and music therapy theory, research and practice. The purpose of the book is to contribute to an increased awareness among adults who work with children and adolescents in child welfare settings regarding music’s role, music therapy, and children’s rights. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) provides a worldview concerned with the idea that children are significant contributors of meaning in the society in which they live. As such, adults working with them in child welfare settings should pay attention to the many ways young people express and perform their meanings, especially through the use of music.
The book explores various theories, models and approaches aligned with a child-focused perspective. Music therapy are explained in regard to populations such as families, foster care, child welfare institutions, school, aftercare, and work with immigrants. The book also includes narratives taken from different contexts and presented in order to illustrate theoretical discussions. It is recommended that appropriate UNCRC-oriented music therapy practices should be arranged so that it is possible to take inclusive, multiple, both/and perspectives into account regarding the choice of music therapy strategy.
The Purpose of This Book
Overview of the Book
How Can Music Therapy in Child Welfare Be Contextualized from a UNCRC Perspective?
What Is the Relevance of Using Music Therapy in Child Welfare Settings as Seen from a Trauma-Informed Care Perspective?
Which Populations Do Music Therapists in Child Welfare Settings Meet?
Who Are the Participants in Music Therapy in Child Welfare Settings?
Which Strategies Are Useful in Music Therapy and Child Welfare Practices?
What Are the Normative Implications for Practice and Research as Seen from a Music Therapy in Child Welfare Perspective?
CHAPTER ONE: Music Therapy in Child Welfare from a UNCRC Perspective
Childhood and Child Welfare from a Sociohistorical Perspective
Music Therapy Viewed from Needs-Based and Rights-Based Perspectives
Provision, Protection, and Participation
Problems with the Rights Perspective
Barriers to Participation
Formal and Informal Child Welfare
CHAPTER TWO Music Therapy in Child Welfare from a Trauma-Informed Care Perspective
Music Therapy and Child Welfare in the Risk Society
The Need for Reflexive Adaptability
Trauma-Informed Care and Music Therapy
Pillar I: Safety
Pillar II: Connections
Pillar III: Coping
CHAPTER THREE Populations that Music Therapists Meet in Child Welfare Settings
School and Child Welfare
Music Therapy in Child Welfare as Community Work
Music Therapy in Transition to Adulthood and Independent Living
CHAPTER FOUR Participants in Music Therapy in Child Welfare Settings
Music Therapy as In-Home Support: “Rune”
Music Therapy in Out-of-Home Foster Care: “Jane”
Music Therapy in an Out-of-Home Child Protection Institution: “Linda”
Music Therapy for Unaccompanied Asylum Seekers: “B”
CHAPTER FIVE Music Therapy Strategies in Child Welfare
Citizen Participation Strategy
Phases in the Development of Strategies
CHAPTER SIX Normative Implications for Using Music Therapy in Child Welfare
Adults Are in Charge
Children Are Children
Manipulation of Therapeutic Goals?
The Problem with the Minimum Intervention Principle
The Ideal of the Self-Taught Musician
Toward an Integrated Child Perspective on Music Therapy in Child Welfare
CHAPTER SEVEN Concluding Thoughts: UNCRC—A Ghost in the Machine?
Bridging Provision, Protection, and Participation