Pre-Congress Seminar 5

Music Therapy and Palliative Care for Pediatric Cancer Patients and Their Families


Sheri L. Robb

Sheri L. Robb


Indiana University School of Nursing


Palliative care is a comprehensive system of care that provides comfort, pain and symptom management, and psychosocial support to patients and families with potentially life-threatening or chronic illnesses. Participants learn how music therapy is being used to address psychosocial and symptom management needs of children and adolescents with cancer and their families. Using video case examples and research findings, we explore underlying theory, clinical processes, and outcomes for two interventions. The Therapeutic Music Video intervention uses songwriting/video production to improve positive health in adolescents/young adults during high risk cancer treatment. The Active Music Engagement intervention uses music-play to help young children and parents manage distress and improve health outcomes. Please join us as we examine how music therapy is addressing palliative care needs of pediatric cancer patients and their families.