The Therapeutic Harp Workbook is a practical guide exploring the wonderful world and nuances of therapeutic harp. This relatively new profession uses the harp to support a person's physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing in healthcare facilities and in the community. The harp has been an instrument of transformation and healing since ancient times and a recent resurgence in its use in health care has seen the profession of therapeutic harp grow.
Drawing on 12 years of clinical practice, Alison provides guidance and suggestions for all musicians wanting an insight into the deeper aspects of playing in a therapeutic style within health care and community environments.
By using case studies, practical strategies, journaling and art activities, this workbook will assist and further develop your understanding of therapeutic harp. Topics include: what is therapeutic harp, finding a training program, self-care, professional practices, musical development, artistry, and exploring the spiritual aspects of playing music at the bedside of the ill. Also included are inspirational stories from other therapeutic harp practitioners.
The Therapeutic Harp Workbook encourages you to dream big as you create and develop a new way of offering your music.
About the Author:
Alison Ware works in Canberra, Australia, as a Certified Therapeutic Harpist, Registered Counsellor and Creative Arts Therapist. Alison is a graduate of: the International Healing Musician's Program, the International Harp Therapy Program, and the Clinical Musician Certification Program.
Alison also has qualifications in nursing, art therapy, allied health, spiritual care, mindfulness-based stillness meditation and is an ordained interfaith minister. Alison has had articles published in several international journals and regularly presents on therapeutic harp at symposiums, conferences and to community groups. She enjoys writing, walking in nature, playing her harp and spending time with family and her many rescue animals.
Alison is coordinator of the Therapeutic Harp Mentoring Program based in Canberra.