Journal article

Stakeholder input into the implementation of a new music therapy program in a mental health service

Jennifer Bibb, David Castle, Katrina Skewes McFerran

MENTAL HEALTH REVIEW JOURNAL | EMERALD GROUP PUBLISHING LTD | Published : 2018

Abstract

Purpose: Music therapy programs are increasingly common and necessary in mental health services. However, there is little knowledge of the key factors which influence the successful implementation of new therapeutic programs. The purpose of this paper is to explore how stakeholder input influenced the implementation and sustainability of a new music therapy program in four services within a large government funded mental health department in Melbourne, Australia. Design/methodology/approach: For a period of 12 months, two cycles of assessment, action and evaluation were conducted where data were collected through interviews with staff members, feedback from consumers and attendance in sessio..

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