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Social Work Visions from Around the Globe by Anneli Pohjola, Pirkko-Liisa Ranhalon, Teppo Kroger, Anna Metten

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Using Music as a Therapy Tool to Motivate Troubled Adolescents

Alexander W. Keen, MSocSc (SW) (Natal)

SUMMARY. Children and adolescents with emotional disorders may often be characterized by having problems in peer and adult relations and in display of inappropriate behaviours. These include suicide attempts, anger, withdrawal from family, social isolation from peers, aggression, school failure, running away, and alcohol and/or drug abuse. A lack of self-concept and self-esteem is often central to these difficulties.

Traditional treatment methods with young people usually includes cognitive-behavioural approaches with psychotherapy. Unfortunately these children often lack a solid communication base, creating a block to successful treatment. ...

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