NATO science programme identifies new techniques in dealing with effects of terrorism

  • 15 Sep. 2010 - 16 Sep. 2010
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  • Last updated: 10 Sep. 2010 12:34

From 15 to 16 September in Ankara, Turkey, a NATO-funded workshop looked at how music therapy can be used to rehabilitate people who have been affected by acts of terrorism.

A dancer performs to the music of Mercan Dede at a concert titled "Secret Tribe" during the Jordan Festival at the Amman Citadel, an ancient Roman landmark, in Amman August 30, 2010. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed (JORDAN - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY)

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Promising to be an innovative approach in treating post-trauma victims, this event brought together more than 50 scholars from NATO, partner and Mediterranean Dialogue countries, representing disciplines such as:

  • musicology
  • music therapy
  • psychiatry, and
  • history

The importance of music as an expression of human emotions and knowledge can be seen throughout history. Various communities have found that music, rhythm and dance can provide a range of social benefits.

This workshop analyzed the use of music therapy in reducing the negative effects of terrorism, minimizing the level of stress and increasing the self-esteem and motivation of affected people. It covered the following topics:

  • music therapy in psychiatry/psychology
  • the history of music therapy and war trauma
  • theoretical perspectives
  • music therapy and terrorism
  • music therapy and violence
  • cross-cultural perspectives

This workshop aimed to contribute to the rehabilitation of psychological disorders that arise in both the people in the regions exposed to terrorism and personnel engaged in NATO operations.

For more information please visit www.nato.int/science (see “Calendar” for organizers’ contact details).