A Music-Based Competency Restoration Treatment Manual for the Forensic Psychiatric Setting

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Author
O'Reilly, Marjorie
Date
2023-11
Degree
Master of Arts in Music Therapy
Abstract
For a person involved in the criminal justice system, it is necessary that they are declared competent to stand trial. In 2019, approximately 94,000 people were found incompetent to stand trial (Morris et al., 2019), bringing their legal proceedings to a pause while they underwent competency restoration treatment. Traditional competency restoration includes standardized curriculum of lectures, psychopharmacology, and psychoeducation. In recent years, music therapy has begun to play a pivotal role in competency restoration (Alvarado & Chen, 2012; Sammons, 2014; Stanley, 2019; Stewart, 2020). This clinical project is intended to provide music therapists working in forensic settings with a collection of comprehensive music-based interventions to assist in competency restoration treatment.
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