SOP 08: The Bigger Picture

Music therapists maintain a vision of the bigger picture in order to best serve an individual client. This not only means engaging the whole person across all domains rather than just a diagnosis or limitation; it means more than holding the patient’s history and potential future in mind while guiding their present therapy, but indeed minding their total environment. We must minimize any barriers to ensure they receive service in the least restrictive environment (LRE). We collaborate not only with other healthcare professionals, but with the family, caregivers, or any other appropriate persons in the total social environment. We educate them on which objectives music therapy is working on, how we’re working on them, and what more can be done outside of the session to best generalize and maximize outcomes.

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