Abstract and Keywords
Contemporary social and neuro-sciences highlight many unanswered questions about the ways that music therapy plays a part in the interprofessional rehabilitation for those affected by traumatic brain injury. This chapter begins with detailed descriptions of traumatic brain injury, its causes and the resulting consequences and interlinks these to the processes of referral, assessment, aims and objectives, treatment methods, evaluation and reporting as documented in the literature to date. In contrast to an individualized perspective of neural trauma, traumatic brain injury is considered here as “traumatic social nervous system injury.” An argument is made for the need to consider the individual brain as one part of a social and material structure of cognition, perception, action and regulation. Constituted in this way, the chapter considers how music therapy can contribute to understanding the lives of the traumatically injured and everyone and everything with which they are inseparably intertwined.
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