When I worked on an inpt unit years ago, our unit manager assigned each nurse a subject for groups, then left us to our own devises to come up with something. She assigned "nutrition" to one nurse, and she came up with some fun stuff to do like having patients make collages from pictures of foods in magazines, helping them learn simple meal planning, and to encourage them to choose healthy foods. I was assigned "music" and it was a lot of fun finding therapeutic activities to do like playing old records and reminescing over events that took place when those particular songs were popular. Sometimes we'd do simple stretching exercises or even dance. I would carefully choose songs with lyrics that would prompt therapeutic discussions, we'd draw to music or make collages from old magazines. I'd do groups focussing on how different music makes us feel and effects our attitudes and moods. Country music can be depressing, certain rap songs can stir up anger, and instrumental music can help a person relax. I'd try to find songs that would make them laugh, and in some groups, members would write their own songs.
The purpose of my groups with music was to encourage expression, improve use of leisure time and to increase awareness of how music effects attitudes and moods.
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