The unique goals of court-committed adults are being addressed in interesting ways by the team of music therapist Alison Etter and art therapist Jaimie Peterson in a forensic psychiatric hospital. In this AMTA-Pro podcast, Etter and Peterson describe a number of creative collaborative interventions giving their clients opportunities to be involved in a performances, exhibits, broadcasts, and publications. The wide-ranging and diverse therapeutic experiences are designed to increase personal connections,  reduce stigma, encourage interaction and communication, facilitate leadership and cooperation, and provide opportunities for creative expression through music and art.


Forensic Psychiatric Hospital: Music Therapy & Art Therapy

Alison Etter, MT-BC and Jaimie Peterson, MAAT, ATR

AMTA-Pro Podcast July, 2016

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Forensic Psych AMTA-ProAlison Etter, MT-BC received a Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy from Southern Methodist University and completed her clinical internship at San Antonio State Hospital. She is currently working towards a Master’s in Music Therapy at Colorado State University. She has worked at Kerrville State Hospital for over 4 years. She represents the Southwestern region on the AMTA Technology Committee and has served for 2 years. In 2014 she received the Harmony award for Clinical Practice from SWAMTA. Presentations include: Texas Forensic Networking Conference, Central Texas Music Therapy Association conference, SWAMTA conference, and the AMTA conference.

Jaimie Peterson, MAAT, ATR received her BFA in Painting from the Kansas City Art Institute and her MAAT at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has worked at Kerrville State Hospital for over 6 years. Her master’s thesis on the art of Vietnam Veterans was exhibited at the Betty Rymer at the Art Institute of Chicago, the National Veterans Art Museum, and presented at the Gene Siskel Theater. Jaimie is also the chair of the Art Committee for AATA. She was presented with the Friends of Music Therapy Award in 2015 by SWAMTA. Presentations include: Texas Forensic Networking Conference, AATA national conference, the Illinois Art Therapy conference, Central Texas Music Therapy Association conference, SWAMTA conference, and the AMTA conference.

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