Music Shown as Innovative Treatment at 2016 iaedp Symposium

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Music Therapy as a therapeutic intervention for the treatment of eating disorders is becoming more of an integral part of the interdisciplinary team at many treatment centers. Research has demonstrated that music therapy interventions can foster self-expression, increase self-awareness and insight, decrease anxiety levels, elevate mood and increase motivation in those who are struggling to recover from an eating disorder.

Music Therapy as a therapeutic intervention for the treatment of eating disorders is becoming more of an integral part of the interdisciplinary team at many treatment centers. Research has demonstrated that music therapy interventions can foster self-expression, increase self-awareness and insight, decrease anxiety levels, elevate mood and increase motivation in those who are struggling to recover from an eating disorder.

During the 2016 iaedp Symposium, the presentation “Hit the Road ED! Innovative Applications and Considerations for the Inclusion of Music Therapy in Treatment for Eating Disorders and the Recovery Process” will demonstrate music experiential learning opportunities for clinicians, provide insight into current music therapy research and practices and prove why music therapy is an essential component to eating disorder treatment. It will be among the more than 40 other workshops conducted during the annual iaedp Symposium at the Omni on Amelia Island, Florida, from February 17 – 22, 2016. Early registration information for the iaedp Symposium can be found at iaedp.com.

According to speaker, Danielle E. Shelton, MM, ME-BC, CEDCAT, a study specifically regarding the use of Cognitive Behavioral Music Therapy (CBMT) techniques was conducted at a residential treatment facility and found that CBMT can help clients identify and combat cognitive distortions, modify behaviors and identify underlying issues that may have contributed to the onset of the eating disorder.

Music therapy services for eating disorders are offered at all levels of treatment. A music therapist is trained, as any other eating disorder professional, to adapt interventions specifically for specific care based on their physiological and psychological strengths and needs, values, religious beliefs and morals. Treatment options include, but are not limited to: individual sessions, family sessions, therapeutic group sessions, educational groups, support groups for family and friends and community wellness groups. Services can be delivered in any type of treatment setting.

About iaedp: Since 1985, the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals has provided education and training standards to an international and multidisciplinary group of various healthcare treatment providers and helping professions.

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