Music Therapy in a Parent-Child Reunification Program

Benefits and Challenges of Implementation


  • Angela Guerriero West Chester University, United States; Tempo! Music Therapy, United States
  • Carol Ann Blank Music Together, LLC, United States



family music therapy, reunification, family separation


Families separated due to abuse and neglect may experience compounded stress, and neglect in childhood may have negative effects on children’s resilience and development (Jacobsen, 2017; Pasiali, 2012).  Music therapy can address the needs of these families seeking reunification, however the process for implementing treatment requires the collaboration of social service agencies, funders, and service providers.  This article describes two different implementations of a music therapy group within a reunification program, the clinical and contextual challenges to implementation, and the benefits to the families. (Übersetzung: Josephine Geipel )

Author Biographies

Angela Guerriero, West Chester University, United States; Tempo! Music Therapy, United States

Dr. Angela Guerriero, MT-BC is an assistant professor of music education at West Chester University of Pennsylvania.  She is the owner and clinical director of Tempo! Music Therapy Services in Nutley, NJ and West Chester, PA. She is also a registered yoga teacher and certified yoga therapist.

Carol Ann Blank, Music Together, LLC, United States

Dr. Carol Ann Blank’s research in clinical decision-making with parent-child dyads frames much of the work she does to support music therapists and others working with parent-child dyads. She designs programs and supports clinicians working in a variety of settings. Dr. Blank is also the Manager of Research and Special Needs Services at Music Together Worldwide where she manages the Music Together Within Therapy program and assists researchers interested in learning more about music, music education, and music therapy, early childhood population.



How to Cite

Guerriero, A., & Blank, C. A. (2018). Music Therapy in a Parent-Child Reunification Program: Benefits and Challenges of Implementation. Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy, 18(4).