Music Therapy Perspectives
Music therapy faculty Jessica Western ’10 and Dr. Laura Beer, program director, published a book review in the January 2016 issue of Music Therapy Perspectives.

Dr. Beer and Western, music therapy faculty, reviewed Therapists Creating a Cultural Tapestry: Using the Creative Therapies Across Cultures edited by S.L. Brooke and C.E. Myers.

Beer and Western note that “in our modern and swiftly globalizing world, therapists of every sort increasingly treat clients and train students from cultures different from their own. … Language and culture barriers need not devitalize therapeutic progress but can enhance relationships: difference breeds curiosity, which can be mindfully used to therapeutic benefit.”

In closing, Beer and Western recommend the text, saying they “gained many insights reading this book, from realizing how a creative arts therapist can mediate the cultural clash children of immigrants are caught in, to facilitating understanding of indigenous beliefs, and identifying and incorporating specific imagery, sounds, rhythms, and movements that are unique to a client’s heritage. … [The book] successfully strikes a delicate balance between honoring expertise and the potential for cross-cultural work without over-implicating or over-appropriating indigenous forms of creative expression.”

» Read the full review on OxfordJournals.org

Laura Beer is director of the music therapy program and chair of theDepartment of Art, Music & Creative Arts Therapies at Marylhurst University. She is an established researcher and author in peer-reviewed journals, a published songwriter, and she serves on the editorial board of Music Therapy Perspectives.

Jessica Western earned a Bachelor of Music Therapy with a certificate in music performance from Marylhurst University in 2010. She is currently an adjunct faculty member and practicum site supervisor in the music therapy program at Marylhurst in addition to working for Willamette Valley Hospice.