Their Song Matters: The Power of Songwriting in Music Therapy for Bereaved Children and Adolescents
*Please note, a small portion of the presentation will discuss children and teens with special needs, as well as appropriate treatment options.
Join CNNH’s music therapist, Melinda Korte, MT-BC, to learn about the therapeutic use of songwriting with young individuals in addressing grief and loss. Experienced in using therapeutic songwriting with individuals as young as 5 years old, Melinda will discuss the basic skills required in order to benefit from this strategic intervention. Bereavement can stunt emotional, psychological and overall development in children and adolescents. However, when working with those with basic verbal language and insight (at minimum!), a music therapist can strategically use various songwriting techniques to guide the individual on their journey of self-exploration. Songwriting within a therapeutic relationship can help individuals accept and cope with the pain of their loss. The therapist and client create music together to foster empowerment while letting them know they are not alone. No prior musical or songwriting experience is necessary to benefit from music therapy.