Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

An Exploration of the Value of Integrating Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Music Therapy for Mental Health Treatment of Military Personnel and Veterans Who Served in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom
by Nolan, Roberta J., Ph.D., Saybrook University, 2019, 119; 13900237
Abstract (Summary)

The protracted Global War on Terrorism affects the mental health of military personnel, veterans, and their families, and their numbers increase. Clinicians providing mental health treatment primarily utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Due to statistically significant increases in mental healthcare needs for these populations, it is critical to review the therapeutic treatment approaches (Department of Veterans Affairs, 2013; Rieckhoff, 2015; Taylor, 2011). The Department of Defense (DoD) and Veterans Affairs (VA) are exploring the value of including alternative therapeutic mental health approaches (Bilmes, 2013; Crawford, 2016; Department of Veterans Affairs, 2013; Rieckhoff, 2015; Sheppard, Malatras, & Israel, 2010). this dissertation explores the question of the efficacy of combining Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Music Therapy (MT) as treatment for military members and veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF).

A wealth of research has been done regarding the effects of combat on the mental health of military members and veterans of previous wars, such as World War I, World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. This researcher selected an integrative literature review (ILR) methodology to pursue the answer to the question of the efficacy of combining Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Music Therapy (MT) as treatment for military members and veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. This review includes established articles of traditional therapy as well as reports of new approaches in mental health treatment, which deepens knowledge and increases awareness of alternative therapeutic methodologies.

Reviews from previous and current literature and statistics on military personnel and veterans of OEF and OIF of integrating Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Music Therapy (MT). Integrating therapeutic treatment of CBT and MT results were very limited. Also, literature review results showed alternative therapeutic treatments (e.g., dance, yoga, music, drama) combining CBT. However, there is a restriction of integrating therapeutic treatment of CBT and MT.

The therapeutic approach of CBT has proven effective treatment. DoD and VA continue to seek researched alternative treatment approaches. Integrating CBT and MT could advance not only research but also the specific incorporation practices for clinicians and the treatments for these populations.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Schmitt, Robert
Commitee: Smirnova, Mirana, Settlage, Bonnie
School: Saybrook University
Department: Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 81/4(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Military studies, Clinical psychology, Music therapy
Keywords: Cognitive behavioral therapy, Mental health treatment, Military personnel, Music, Veterans
Publication Number: 13900237
ISBN: 9781687997463
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