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January 2022

Multimodal therapy and music therapy: Assessing and treating the whole person

Journal/Book: Music Therapy: the Journal of the AAMT. 1985; 3: Philadelphia, PA. American Association for Music Therapy P.O. Box 27177 19118 Philadelphia, PA, USA. journal article.

Abstract: Multimodal therapy was developed by Arnold Lazarus for assessing and treating psychiatric clients in a holistic manner. His scheme recognizes seven discrete yet interrelated dimensions of human functioning: behavior, affect, sensation, imagery, cognition, interpersonal, and physical well-being. This article suggests a method to maximize the effectiveness of client assessment and treatment. Clinical examples illustrate the integration of music therapy into this approach. Multimodal therapy offers the possibility of achieving a balanced view of the client as a whole person. It frees the therapist to integrate and choose from a wide variety of treatment modalities. (Temple University; abstract courtesy of AAMT).

Keyword(s): multi-modal-therapy, music-therapy-psychiatric.

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