Date of Award

Fall 12-15-2022

Document Type

Project (696 or 796 registration)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Counseling


Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Aaron Suomala Folkerds


Music Therapy, Group Therapy, Creative Therapy, Co-occurring Disorders, Substance Use Disorder


This project explores both quantitative and qualitive research that discusses the effectiveness of music therapy, its use in group settings, and its use in treatment of many different mental health states. This project also explores what the treatment process of music therapy looks like. Music therapy was found to be effective in lowering pain levels, anxiety, and promote better sleep in a research study done on cancer patients (Tang et al. 2021). The research done also showed that music therapies effectiveness extends to people with a variety of mental health histories and of different ages. This includes parent/child dyads (Teggelove et al. 2018), individuals in chemical dependency treatment (Buino and Simon 2011), individuals with dementia (Ridder et al. 2013), individuals with TBIs (Martineze et al 2021), children with trauma histories (Felsesteine 2012), people with borderline personality disorders (Kenner et al 2020), and others with severe mental illnesses (Grocke et al 2014).This project goes on to look at the specifics of what music therapy looks like in a group setting with individuals who are diagnosed with co-occurring disorders. Within some of the literature reviewed there were small sample sizes with other limitations such as individuals dropping out of the sample groups and being within a nondiverse community. However, each document reviewed on different groups and populations showed that due to the diverse options on how to utilize music therapy it has been effective for a range of individuals and groups. This research and the considerations of its limitations was utilized in creating a group manual to be used for music therapy groups of adult men with co-occurring disorders.

Included in

Art Therapy Commons



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