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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: http://www.nordoff Publications: 1) Sutton & MacDougall (2010). “The Roar on the other side of silence: Some thoughts about silence and the traumatic in music therapy”. In Stewart, K. (Ed.) Music therapy & trauma: Bridging theory and clinical practice, New York: Satchnote Press. (Presented 2008 at 1 st International Trauma & Music Therapy Symposium, Beth Israel Medical Centre, New York, USA, June 2008). 2) Sutton & De Backer (2009). “Music, Trauma and Silence: The State of the Art” In: Arts in Psychotherapy Journal Special Edition: Trauma Volume 36, Issue 2 pp 75-83. 3) Sutton & MacDougall (in preparation) “Musical Thinking about Trauma: a post-conflict project with severely disturbed young men” For: Nordic Journal of Music Therapy. CONTACT INFORMATION: Organization: Centre for Psychotherapy, Belfast HSC Trust, Address: Shimna House, Knockbracken Healthcare Park, Saintfield Road, Belfast BT8 8BH, Northern Ireland, UK Phone (+0044) (0) 28 9056 5350 Contact Persons: Dr Julie Sutton (music psychotherapist), Dr Iain MacDougall (psychiatrist) Email: 150

SECTION: Music for Working with Trauma Survivors COUNTRY: Israel PROJECT: USING MUSIC TO HELP RELIEVE POSTTRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER SYMPTOMS AMONG SOLDIERS IN ISRAEL DESCRIPTION: Bar-Ilan University‟s Department of Criminology and the Music Therapy Clinic and Research Center led a study of music therapy group work with six soldiers from the Military Unit for Combat Stress Reactions in the Israeli Defense Forces who were diagnosed as suffering from combat or terror related Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Combat stress reaction is common among soldiers and can develop into PTSD which includes feelings of loneliness and isolation from society, intrusive memories, outbursts of anger and generalized feelings of helplessness. The group work was supervised by the head of the music therapy program at Bar Ilan University. Music therapy sessions included playing music, talking, and listening to relaxing music. Music playing focused on drumming together and the instruments used included Darbuka, Tabla, Indian Drum, Floor Drum and two Djembes, as well as other melodic, harmonic and wind instruments. CURRENT STATUS: Bar-Ilan University Music Therapy Clinic and Research Center‟s projects include: Development of music therapy groups for soldiers and civilians who have been suffering from combat stress reaction and PTSD. These activities will take place in the Bar-Ilan Music Therapy Clinic and Research Center as well as outreach programs throughout the country. Music therapy for holocaust survivors and their families. The goals of therapy are exposing and dealing with traumatic memories that are related to the holocaust; reducing anxiety, fear and pain in a controlled way; providing support in a safe place and improving quality of life. “Let's Talk Music” which brings together students from multi-cultural backgrounds in Israel to share their culture‟s music. Through presenting and listening to each other‟s music, students strengthen their own cultural identity and gain acceptance for the cultural identities of others in the group. RESEARCH AND EVALUATION: Data was collected from a digital camera which filmed the music therapy sessions, open-ended in-depth interviews, and the self-report of the therapist. Some reduction in PTSD symptoms was observed following drumming which especially increased the sense of openness, togetherness, belonging, sharing, closeness, connectedness and intimacy. The groups also promoted a non-intimidating access to traumatic memories, facilitating an outlet for rage and regaining a sense of self-control. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Publications: Bar-Ilan University (2007). Music Therapy – Department of Music Academic Projects for the Community. Retrieved online:,1012,1013 Bensimon, M., Amir, D., & Wolf, Y. ( ). Drumming through trauma: Music therapy with post- traumatic soldiers. The Arts in Psychotherapy, 35, 34-48. 151

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