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Music as a Global Resource: - International Council for Caring ...

Music as a Global Resource: - International Council for Caring ...

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SECTION: Music for Mental and Physical Health COUNTRY: Thailand PROJECT: MUSIC THERAPY SERVICES FOR INDIVIDUALS IN THE BANGKOK AREA DESCRIPTION: In Thailand, music is a fundamental need. However, the use of music to address developmental needs across the lifespan is not yet being systematically used in healthcare and educational systems. There is clearly a value and appreciation for music in the environment as there are a number of medical facilities that offer ambient music in the waiting area. However, there are few opportunities for active music making with clients and caregivers. Created through a partnership between the College of Music, Mahidol University and the University of Kansas, music therapists are now offering music therapy services to individuals in healthcare and educational institutions in Bangkok and the surrounding area. Therapists are trained and supervised by the Music Therapy Department at the University of Kansas and currently serve approximately 110 clients per week, ranging from special needs children to the elderly. Clinical sites include the Sirindhorn Rehabilitation Center, Golden Jubilee Medical Center and the Mahidol University School of Physical Therapy. Music therapy group services are provided on a weekly basis and focus on cognitive and physical rehabilitation goals that align with the services provided by the physical and occupational therapists in each location. A focus on Thai folk and popular music, primarily during group-based outpatient services, provides opportunities for clients, caregivers and staff to engage in active music making instead of only passive listening experiences. Caregivers and other therapists often participate in the sessions in an effort to increase patient-caregiver interactions in addition to providing social opportunities and support by patients undergoing similar treatments. A 20-hour continuing education course entitled the “Therapeutic Uses of Music” has been offered for the purpose of training allied health professionals and educators on the therapeutic uses of music as it pertains to clients in healthcare and educational settings. In order to educate professionals and the public about the therapeutic effects of music, the College of Music has developed promotional materials and clinical videos in both English and Thai for distribution to community partners as well as materials for patients, including a CD and handout for take home use. In-service presentations are also being offered to illustrate the use of music therapy with a variety of clinical populations. Presentations have been given to the College of Nursing administration team at Mahidol University, at the Alternative Treatments for Autism Conference, the nursing faculty at Siriraj Hospital and nursing faculty and students from Mae Fah Laung and Sao-Hai Hospital. CURRENT STATUS: Initial funding for this project was supported by the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars Fulbright Award in 2009. Currently, funding is provided by the Mahidol University College of Music, the Thailand Ministry of Education, Commission of Higher Education and the private sector. Funding by the Thai government has been given for the purpose of researching the effects of music therapy over the next 3 years. A research partners program is being formalized and will pair US and Thai researchers to conduct 4-6 studies per year, for the next 2-3 years. In June 2012, the College of Music will initiate a Music Therapy degree program in which musicians receive intensive training as well as provide clinical music therapy services to individuals in Bangkok and the surrounding area. The overarching mission of this program will be to serve as the pinnacle in the provision of music therapy services to patients and families, to be a leader in training music therapists, to 116

e a forerunner in conducting music therapy research and to create community partnerships throughout Thailand. Moving towards this initiative, a Community Partners program will commence in October 2011 that includes a signed agreement between the College of Music and its current and future clinical sites. This agreement will formalize this partnership, provide staff training and weekly music therapy services at each location and create a foundation of practicum sites to be offered within the Music Therapy degree program. Future sites include the Siriraj Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Siriraj Hospital Outpatient Rehabilitation, and Pak Kred Orphanage. RESEARCH AND EVALUATION: Current research projects in development include: Implementing Music Therapy Clinical Services & Training in Thailand: Interviews with patients, caregivers and medical professionals. Perceptions of Music Therapy in the Medical Setting in Thailand: A survey of training participants. The Effects of Music Therapy on Quality of Life, Minimum Mental State & Depression in Outpatient Rehabilitation Patients in Thailand. An Evaluation of Implementing Music Therapy for Pediatric Patients in Outpatient, Early Intervention Clinics: Co-treatment with physical & occupational therapy. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfoi-15Pvew http://www.music.mahidol.ac.th/ CONTACT INFORMATION: Organization: University of Kansas Address: Murphy Hall, 448-B, 1530 Naismith Drive, Lawrence, KS 66045 Phone: 785-864-9634 Contact Person: Dena Register, Associate Professor of Music Therapy Email: register@ku.edu or mahidolmusictherapy@hotmail.com Organization: Mahidol University, College of Music Address: 25/25 Phutthamonthon Sai 4 Road, Salaya, Phutthamonthon Nakhonpathom 73170, Thailand Phone: 662-800-2525 Contact Persons: Dr. Somchai Trankarnrung, Assistant Director of Academic Affairs; Email: tsomchai@gmail.com Vacharavalee Kaewpaksa, Music Therapy Program Officer; Email: destiny_meandyou@hotmail.com 117

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