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Lesley University is a private, coeducational university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, well known for its education, expressive therapies, creative writing, counseling, and fine arts programs.The university is a member of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, National Association of Schools of Art and Design, and New England Collegiate Conference. Wikipedia.

Zarate R.,Lesley University
Arts in Psychotherapy | Year: 2016

Individual responses to music psychotherapy and vocal psychotherapy were examined to evaluate effects on anxiety symptoms. The study sought to explore if co-created improvised music between therapist and client was effective in the treatment of anxiety. The study used a multiple single subject design (SSD). Repeated measures with a convenience sample of 16 participants were conducted. The Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI) was administered weekly for 12 consecutive weeks in one-hour individual weekly music therapy sessions. Data were analyzed and presented through visual representation and in aggregate form to supplement the SSD analysis. The BAI items with the highest baseline frequencies were: unable to relax, nervous, heart pounding, terrified or afraid, and fear of the worst happening. Results indicated that after clinical instrumental and vocal improvisation, participants' anxiety symptoms significantly decreased by week 6 of treatment. Results also revealed decreased symptoms from initial baseline to end of treatment. Additional studies are required to support these results which provide partial support for the use of co-created improvised music as an appropriate method to address anxiety symptoms. © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. Source

Yoga has historically been viewed as a discipline that increases self-awareness through body based practices, meditation, self-study, and the reading of philosophical texts. In the 21st century the mindfulness techniques of yoga have been adapted as an adjunct to the treatment of individuals with eating disorders. In an effort to understand the conceptualization of yoga as therapy for individuals with eating disorders, this article juxtaposes how mindfulness based yoga is regarded in three disciplines: sociology, neuroscience, and the "spiritual texts" of yoga. © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. Source

Nemesh B.,Lesley University
Nordic Journal of Music Therapy | Year: 2016

This study is unique in that it expands the use of family music therapy to a broader range of families. It moves beyond the prevailing tendency to employ family music therapy with families of children with special needs to nonclinical families seeking therapy. Joining Alvin’s free improvisation model and Satir’s experiential family therapy, the study engages family members in mutual musical improvisation. It explores the clinical application and therapeutic value of short-term family-based music therapy with three families in a community setting. Each family received six pre-structured interventions from the dual-expertise music and family therapist. Results reveal family-based improvisations accurately accentuated family dynamics as musical representations. They provoked heightened awareness of family difficulties, which were explored using process questions and verbal reflections. Evidence suggests that family-based music therapy can serve as an effective and accurate family clinical assessment, and an intervention addressing an array of family objectives. Family-based music interventions tapped into family resources for the sake of promoting family and individual congruence and well-being. The study informs music therapists of the clinical value of adding a family-systems perspective to their professional toolbox, and family therapists and other clinicians of the potential of family-based musical interventions in family therapy. © 2016 GAMUT – The Grieg Academy Music Therapy Research Centre Source

Strobel J.,Purdue University | Wang J.,Purdue University | Weber N.R.,Lesley University | Dyehouse M.,Florida State University
Computers and Education | Year: 2013

The term authenticity is pervasive in the education literature in general and specifically in the design education and engineering education literature; yet, the construct is often used un-reflected and ill defined. The purpose of this paper is (1) to critically examine current conceptualizations of authenticity as principles to design learning modules and environments within engineering education and (2) to propose a systematically derived model of authenticity. The context of the project is toward pre-college engineering education yet findings are applicable across the lifespan of engineering education. A systematic literature review guided by procedures set forth by the Centre for Reviews and Dissemination was conducted in the engineering education literature to synthesize the findings. Based on an initial sample of papers (n = 36) a rubric was developed to identify authenticity and authentic experiences in engineering education. Using the developed rubric, a total pool of 1058 references was evaluated using the rubric with 88%-100% inter-rater reliability for each category of authenticity. A frequency analysis of references revealed that the majority of work is seen in undergraduate education, and only 14 instances of authenticity in engineering education appeared at the K-12 level. The proposed model of authenticity includes two additions to existing models introducing impact authenticity and value authenticity. The findings and the model are described. Implications include the use of different types of authenticity to provide more appropriate and promising principles for better design of engineering curricula and standards for curriculum developers and professional development providers, including more use of authenticity in the K-12 classroom. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. Source

Koch S.,University of Heidelberg | Kunz T.,University of Heidelberg | Lykou S.,University of Heidelberg | Cruz R.,Lesley University
Arts in Psychotherapy | Year: 2014

In this meta-analysis, we evaluated the effectiveness of dance movement therapy. 11This term includes the practice of dance movement psychotherapy (UK) and dance/movement therapy (USA). (DMT) and the therapeutic use of dance for the treatment of health-related psychological problems. Research in the field of DMT is growing, and 17 years have passed since the last and only general meta-analysis on DMT (Ritter & Low, 1996) was conducted. This study examines the current state of knowledge regarding the effectiveness of DMT and dance from 23 primary trials (N= 1078) on the variables of quality of life, body image, well-being, and clinical outcomes, with sub-analysis of depression, anxiety, and interpersonal competence. Results suggest that DMT and dance are effective for increasing quality of life and decreasing clinical symptoms such as depression and anxiety. Positive effects were also found on the increase of subjective well-being, positive mood, affect, and body image. Effects for interpersonal competence were encouraging, but due to the heterogenity of the data remained inconclusive. Methodological shortcomings of many primary studies limit these encouraging results and, therefore, further investigations to strengthen and expand upon evidence-based research in DMT are necessary. Implications of the findings for health care, research, and practice are discussed. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. Source

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