Perception of Music Therapy Among Peer Professionals in a Continuing Care Retirement Community

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Collins, Lucretia
Master of Arts in Music Therapy
The purpose of this phenomenological study was to explore the perception of music therapy by peer professionals in a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) due to a lack of literature in this area. Research shows that client outcomes could be positively affected if healthy collaboration exists between music therapy and peer professionals (Choi, 1997; Darsie, 2009; Hobson, 2006a; Kim, 2009; Kong & Karahalios, 2016; Lee, Davidson, & McFerran, 2016; McCarthy, Geist, Zojwala, & Schock, 2008). The researcher conducted a study at a CCRC incorporating semi-structured interviews. Potential participants included occupational therapists and assistants, physical therapists and assistants, speech-language pathologists, nurses, and nurse practitioners. Semi-structured interviews took place with two participants. Commonalities between the two participants included: the content of the responses related to work and life experiences; awareness of the presence of the researcher; and a desire to respond to the researcher with helpful information. Conclusions of this study indicate that music therapy perception was positive. Recommendations for continued research include the perception of music therapy among peer professionals with a larger sample size, exploring collaboration among interdisciplinary team participation by music therapists, and a determined process for referrals to music therapy. This research acts as a springboard for more studies to promote a positive future for the occupation of music therapy.