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Music therapy in eating disorder treatment: Clinical considerations and and applications

In the United States, as many as 10 million females and 1 million males are diagnosed with an eating disorder, including anorexia or bulimia. Additionally, approximately 25 million Americans are struggling with binge eating disorder. Research demonstrates a consistent and significant increase in eating disorders over the past thirty years. An additional challenge in eating disorder treatment is the complexity of the eating disorder itself. Eating disorders, while categorized as a mental disorder, they also involve a wide array of medical and physical complications. This adds to the complexity of treating patients in through their often prolong and various levels of treatment.

While the incidence rate of eating disorders have increased, their continues to be limited research and clinical intervention data published regarding music therapy in eating disorder treatment. This leaves limited evidence for students and professionals alike to learn about the use of music therapy in eating disorder treatment and build an evidence-based practice.

This presentation provides diagnostic information surrounding the scope of eating disorders, as well as addresses the complexities innate in the eating disorder treatment process. The presenter will discuss the clinical considerations that are key to treating and meeting these complex needs, as well as specific groups designed to address these needs. Clinical interventions will also be demonstrated within the scope of a multi-theoretical model for implementing music therapy in eating disorder treatment.

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