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Loyola University New Orleans Music Therapy Faculty Deliver CORE Music, Mind and Healing Workshops

Loyola press release - July 9, 2018

Speakers will address clinical and evidence-based use of music therapy to treat substance issues

Recent studies show that music has healing effects in recovery from co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders. Loyola University New Orleans music therapy faculty head and alumni will speak next week on these issues at the CORE Music, Mind, and Healing workshop series to be held in Amelia Island, Fla.

The Music, Mind and Healing workshops series highlights the clinical and evidence-based use of music therapy and therapeutic uses of music in recovery from mental illness and substance use disorders. Eight leading music therapy faculty from around the nation will lead workshops. Loyola University New Orleans’ 60-year-old music therapy program is one of the oldest and best in the nation.

“Music therapy can be a useful tool for treating the physical, emotional, and spiritual dimensions of substance use disorders,” said Loyola University New Orleans Coordinator and Associate Professor of Music Therapy Kathleen Murphy, Ph.D., MT-BC. “Music therapists design music experiences to help those in recovery manage physical symptoms related to withdrawal, develop coping skills, facilitate emotional expression, and improve important relationships with family and friends.”

Murphy’s session will provide an overview of music therapy and addictions treatment in early recovery, explaining the neurobiology of engagement in music listening and music making and its effect on reward circuitry. Murphy will present research findings supporting the inclusion of music therapy in treatment and give case examples to demonstrate how music therapists address the biophysical, psychoemotional and psychospiritual domains of recovery. The session will address criteria for referral to music therapy, as well as suggestions for the use of music by professionals working in substance abuse treatment. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in music therapy experiences used in substance abuse treatment.

Murphy and Loyola music therapy alumna Cheryl Dileo, Ph.D., MT-BC, will serve on a panel of five music therapy university educators and authors with experience in addictions treatment or related areas. The group will give a brief overview of the uses of music therapy for addictions treatment and share examples of music therapy experiences, including lyric analysis and music therapy improvisation.

Other workshop topics include:

● Music therapy in early recovery

● Music’s healing power in recovery in co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders

● Let it all go: Music therapy with women with addictions

● Key aspects of music therapy for addictions and mental health treatment

● Music therapy with men in a residential substance abuse treatment facility

● Music therapy in addiction treatment: strategies for physical, emotional, and spiritual recovery.

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