Community Mental Health Music Therapy: A Consumer-initiated Song-based Paradigm

Sue Baines
Graeme Danko

Abstract

In 1997 a music therapy program was first piloted in a community mental health clubhouse and 6 months later expanded to five community mental health group homes, all administrated by an accredited agency in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, Canada. This agency serves persons with a diagnosis of chronic and persistent mental illness and adheres to a consumer-initiated model of practice. In an article published in the Canadian Journal for Music Therapy, Baines (2000) described the predominantly song-based approach of that program and documented a consumer evaluation of it, concluding that the client-centered empowerment model of consumer inclusiveness described appeared to contribute significantly to the rehabilitative effect of the program. In this article the authors report on the current status of the program, including new data from surveys of consumers and staff as well as in-depth consumer interviews regarding their awareness of how and why the consumer-initiated song-based music therapy program is effective for them. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2018 APA, all rights reserved)