Weaving Words and Music: Healing from Trauma for People with Serious Mental Illness

Gillian Stephens Langdon, Faye Margolis, Kristina Muenzenmaier

Abstract


Weaving Words and Music: Healing from Trauma for People with Serious Mental Illness

 

Abstract

This paper will present the development of music verbal trauma groups for people with serious mental illness. The work grew out the collaboration of an interdisciplinary trauma committee in an urban mental health center.  Recognizing the high rates of childhood trauma histories in this population members of the committee recognized the importance of including music and creative arts in the treatment of complex trauma. We will outline the interdisciplinary collaboration and the structure of the groups. Elements of music as tools in trauma treatment are described along with using words to identify specific problems and solutions. Examples of our clinical work will be shared from this interweaving of words and music. Brief vignettes will demonstrate survivors’ journeys as they begin to identify and create safety, build healthy relationships, and maintain equilibrium while facing the challenges of their past traumatic experiences.

 


Full Text:

 Subscribers Only

References


Author 2014

Felitti VJ, Anda RF, Nordenberg D, et al. (1998). Relationship of childhood abuse and household dysfunction to many of the leading causes of death in adults. The adverse childhood experiences (ACE) study. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 1998: 14: 245-58.

Herman J. Trauma and recovery. New York, NY: Basic Books; 1997.

Courtois CA, Ford JD. Treating complex traumatic stress disorders: An evidence-based guide. New York, NY: Guilford Press; 2009.

Author 1993

Read J, van Os J, Morrison AP, Ross, CA. Childhood trauma, psychosis and schizophrenia: A literature review with theoretical and clinical implications. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica. 2005: 112: 330–350.

Author 2014

Rosenberg SD, Lu W, Mueser KT, Jankowski MK, Cournos F. Correlates of adverse childhood events among adults with schizophrenia spectrum disorders. Psychiatric Services. 2007: 58: 245–253.

Jankowski KM, Mueser K, Rosenberg S. Psychosis with comorbid PTSD. In: Larkin W, Morrison A, eds. Trauma and Psychosis: New Directions for Theory and Therapy. London: Routledge; 2006: 75–199.

Author 2005

Read J, Fosse R, Moskowitz A, Perry B. The traumagenic neurodevelopmental model of psychosis revisited. Neuropsychiatry. 2014: 4: 65–79.

Varese F, Smeets F, Drukker M, et al. Childhood adversities increase the risk of psychosis: A meta-analysis of patient-control, prospective- and cross-sectional cohort studies. Schizophrenia Bulletin. 2012: 38: 661–671.

Janssen I, Krabbendam L, Bak M, et al. Childhood abuse as a risk factor for psychotic experiences. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica. 2004: 109: 38–45.

Read J, Hammersley P, Rudegeair T. Why, when and how to ask about childhood abuse. Advances in Psychiatric Treatment. 2007: 13: 101–110.

Rosenberg SD, Lu W, Mueser KT, Jankowski MK, Cournos F. Correlates of adverse childhood events among adults with schizophrenia spectrum disorders. Psychiatric Services. 2007: 58: 245–253.

Read J, Ross CA. Psychological trauma and psychosis: Another reason why people diagnosed schizophrenic must be offered psychological therapies. Journal of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry. 2003: 31: 247–268.

Mueser KT, Rosenberg SD, Xie H, et al. A randomized controlled trial of cognitive-behavioral treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder in severe mental illness. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. 2008: 76: 259–271.

Authors 2015

Herman, J. Trauma and Recovery. New York, NY: Basic Books; 1997.

Ibid:158.

Van der Kolk B. Clinical implications of neuroscience research in PTSD. Ann. N.Y. Acad. Sci. 2006; 1071: 278.

Porges S. Music therapy and trauma, insights from the polyvagal theory. In Stewart K, ed. Music Therapy and Trauma: Bridging Theory and Clinical Practice. New York, NY: Satchnote Press; 2010: 9-10.

Author 2015

Author 1983


Refbacks

  • There are currently no refbacks.


by The International Association for Music & Medicine