James Hiller and Susan Gardstrom wrote an article about the risks in all different types of therapies. They state that taking risks is necessary for any significant and enduring change to occur. Specifically, as music therapists, we must be educated about risk-benefit ratios for people who use our services. For example, Hiller and Gardstrom wrote that a possible risk in music therapy could be found in listening experiences. While listening and dancing to the music can be a great stress relief or form of self-expression, some people could find the situation over stimulating and confusing. It's up to each music therapist to understand the environmental situations/clients and make the best therapeutic choice for all involved. You can read the article here.
Thankfully, in Georgia and in Fulton County Schools, all our music therapists are board certified by the Certification Board for Music Therapists, as well as licensed by the State of Georgia ensuring that we have completed proper education prior to practicing music therapy and ensuring that we are continuing our education to stay up-to-date on best music therapy practices so we can always have a great understanding of this risk-benefit ratios.