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date: 30 November 2021

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Adult trauma work in music therapy is well established globally, and various approaches presented in the literature reveal the positive impact of using music as part of a therapeutic process. The main music psychotherapy techniques in adult trauma work include improvisation and music listening. Group Analytic Music Therapy (GAMT) was developed by the author. GAMT is a combination of group analysis, interpersonal theories, and intersubjectivity. The therapy group is observed and analyzed from three different perspectives, responding to: (1) The individual in the group (the intersubjective window); (2) the members with one another (the interpersonal window); and (3) the group-as-a-whole (the group matrix window). This chapter presents some of the techniques and methods of the GAMT with the caveat that further training beyond entry level to music therapy is needed to use these techniques and methods.

Keywords: music therapy and trauma, music listening techniques and trauma, therapeutic group work and trauma, Group Analytic Music Therapy, traumatology and the arts

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