You’re aware that music therapy is used in mental health settings. Playing music is great, but for most of us, it’s enough just to listen and be affected.
First, they don’t understand why they’re in treatment, or how it could possibly benefit them. Second, they’re ticked off about having been coerced.
Some members are talkative enough, but others participate minimally and a couple are openly hostile and challenging.
My outpatients get discouraged very easily. They may actually be doing pretty well for somebody new to recovery, but they don’t seem to realize it.
Some clients need more frequent reinforcement than others – those with poor impulse control, for instance, or who struggle with cravings, or are less motivated for other reasons.