Music therapy is an established psychological clinical intervention, which is delivered by Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered MA Music Therapists, to help people of all ages whose lives have been affected by injury, illness or disability.
Music Therapy provision at College is offered as a specialist clinical intervention within either 1:1, paired or group clinical contexts. Music Therapy is offered upon specific criteria around emotional or mental health needs being identified on a student’s EHCP.
Students who have Music Therapy specified on their EHCP will receive a specialist service of, usually, 1:1/ paired sessions on a weekly basis. They will have an identified high risk need for support with their psychological, emotional, cognitive, physical, communicative or social needs; such as a dual diagnosis, challenging behaviour, have suffered a bereavement or trauma, regression of disability or mental health need.
Examples of input from MTs at this level would include:
- Regular liaison with referrer
- Regular feedback with class team
- Liaison with Community psychologist and/or behaviour specialist
- Liaison with other relevant professionals.
- Attendance at relevant safeguarding meetings
- Liaison with Community Music Therapy team for onward referral where appropriate
It may also include:
- Training to staff on principles of MT and best practice in MT groups
- Class-based observations and assessments within the MDT
- Guidance documents and tips for teaching staff on how to use interactive music-making during student activities
Referral for music therapy
Should Music therapy not be indicated on a student’s EHCP, a referral should be made to the College MT service, and a request for EHCP funding submitted. This may be the case if, for example, there has been any deterioration or change to the state of a student’s emotional health as a result of a life-changing, significant or traumatic event in their personal life.
Music therapists will also support families with external referrals or signposting as appropriate.