Vistas Online 2015

VISTAS Online is an innovative publication produced for ACA by Dr. Garry R. Walz and Dr. Jeanne C. Bleuer of Counseling Outfitters, LLC. Its purpose is to provide a means of capturing the ideas, information and experiences generated by the annual ACA Conference and selected ACA Division Conferences. Papers on a program or practice that has been validated through research or experience may also be submitted. This digital collection of peer-reviewed articles is authored by counselors, for counselors. VISTAS Online contains the full text of over 900 proprietary counseling articles published from 2004 to 2017.


The Use of Song Lyrics as an Expressive Arts Tool in Counseling: A Literature Review

Amanda C. DeDiego


Music has been used as a tool for emotional management in counseling for many years. This review of the literature examines the use of music and sharing song lyrics as tools for emotional processing as a component of expressive arts therapy. Following a brief summary of the historical and clinical context of sharing song lyrics in counseling, empirical literature including the practice of using song lyrics in various clinical settings is explored. Empirical literature related to expressive arts therapy including the use of songs and song lyrics is critically examined, concluding with suggestions for further research and implications for practice.

Keywords: music, lyrics, expressive arts, counseling, techniques

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