Volume 11 (2) 2019 – Article (first published on 11 January 2018)
Application of the Helping Model on music therapy practice for individuals with alcoholic use disorder: Theoretical orientation and empirical implication
Hayoung A. Lim
Research in the field of music therapy and substance-related disorders is growing and diverse within the intended treatment areas and interventions. Evidences of music therapy on this population have been focused on the effects of particular music therapy technique(s) or generalised responses from participants without establishing any theoretical treatment model. The application of music therapy within a solid treatment model based on thorough theoretical orientation is essential to any recovery or rehabilitation programme. This paper establishes the theoretical and empirical implications of music therapy based on Gerard Egan’s Helping Model (2013) in treating patients with substance-related disorders, in particular alcohol use disorder (AUD). Egan suggested three principle goals of helping: (1) life-enhancing outcomes; (2) learning self-help; and (3) prevention mentality. This paper will explore whether the therapeutic goals in Egan’s Helping Model can be addressed and established at the forefront of a music therapy treatment model for individuals with AUD and introduces empirical music therapy interventions with a case study based on the Helping Model.
alcohol use disorder, music therapy, recovery, Helping Model
Dr Hayoung Lim is Director of the Music Therapy Program and Clinic at Oral Roberts University. She received master’s degree in both Cello Performance and Music Therapy from the Illinois State University, and PhD in music therapy from the University of Miami. Lim’s book titled Developmental Speech-language Training through Music for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders was published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. Lim was invited as a keynote speaker to the International Conference on Developmental Disability at the University of Calcutta, India. Lim has served as a research reviewer for European Marie-Curie Fellowship program in autism and intellectual disabilities.