Public lecture

Visiting lecture: Andrew Rossetti, The Impact of Music Psychotherapy on Patients Undergoingvisiting lecture Radiation Therapy: A Novel Comprehensive Approach to Cancer Care


1.11.2018 12:00 — 13:00

Location: Seminaarinmaki, Musica Boombox
Radiation oncology is an area long neglected in music therapy practice with concerns defined by a particularly fragile subpopulation in the care of people with cancer.

Medical Music Psychotherapy is a cutting edge emergent model as practiced at the Louis Armstrong Music Therapy Department and Center for Music & Medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, in which an eclectic mix of psychotherapeutic models merge with music experiences as medium and facilitator of the therapeutic relationship/alliance. Radiation oncology is an area long neglected in music therapy practice with concerns defined by a particularly fragile subpopulation in the care of people with cancer. A discreet symptomatology resulting from disease as well as radiation therapy itself contributes to the fragility of an already challenged population, many of whom also receive adjuvant chemotherapy and/or surgery during their treatment trajectory. This presentation will provide a the history of this front-running program, its implementation in a fast paced urban hospital , and discuss theory and praxis of Music Psychotherapy in fragile populations where allopathic medicine and mind/body constructs join to address symptom management, and pre-emptive treatment for anxiety, pain, and varied etiologies of emotional trauma and post traumatic stress. Experientials will include demonstrations and Q&A of protocolized clinical interventions.

Andrew Rossetti MMT, LCAT, MT-BC is a clinical music psychotherapist, researcher, and coordinator of the multi-site music therapy program in radiology oncology at Mount Sinai Beth Israel. He is on the faculty of the University of Barcelona, Montclair State University, and currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Jyvaskyla. He has developed several music therapy programs in hospitals both in the United States and in Spain, and serves as a consultant for a number of music therapy programs in Europe. Andrew has lectured on music therapy research, theory, and practice at numerous universities, hospitals and conferences in Europe, Asia, Canada, South America and the United States. His work and research have been featured in various publications including Music and Medicine: Integrative Models in the Treatment of Pain, The Journal of Music & Medicine, and the International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology and Physics. He is a co-author of the NICU Compendium First Sounds: Rhythm, Breath & Lullaby, a comprehensive guide to music psychotherapy in neonatal intensive care units.  His work has been highlighted in such venues as National Public Radio’s Science Friday, CBS News NY, and the New York Psychoanalytic Society’s Helix Center Roundtable Series. Andrew is currently president of the NYC Regional Arts in Healthcare Group, a member of the board of directors and the editorial board of the International Association for Music & Medicine, and a member of the multidisciplinary Cancer Committee of the Mount Sinai Healthcare System.

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