F.I.M. Federazione Italiana Musicoterapeuti

Circular relationship

In music therapy setting, according to the A.P.M.M. model (G.Cremaschi Trovesi and Simona Colpani) all these figures interact:
- music therapist;
- co-therapist;
- the child (patient);
- parents (often a parent).
It is a humanistic and systemic process. Therapy, through the interaction with children, involves parents. What happens in reality modifies the way of thinking of parents. It is not necessary to discuss on prejudice, on commonplaces, on more or less unlucky expectations for the future; it is important to entrust what happens. When the child pours out his emotions, when he is accepted in difficult moments, when he find his corporeity through the direct contact with the co-therapist and with body resonance (the child is on the sound box of the piano and the co-therapist is in direct contact with him, he works on him), the child will trust himself and will act in an unpredictable way also according to parents. In this way, talking about history, therapy, sharing of experiences and of emotions will have a sense. What happens is shared by the participants, is a path towards the future that is build all together.
Parents ask for explanations, voice a doubt, tell remarkable events of their lives and of their children’s in an improvised way – all will be suggested by what is happening. Parent’s beliefs will be then debated, not only to discuss, but to talk about what is happening, to go towards an inner growth.
The presence of parents is suggested with youngest children but also with children in general.
In the other cases, it is decided during the therapy.
And sometimes it is not even considered.

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