MOVING ON WITH MUSIC: THERAPEUTIC SONG-WRITING WITH YOUNG ADULTS FACING A TERMINAL ILLNESS

A two-year therapeutic songwriting programme began in 2016, funded by the Young Start awards and led by Nordoff Robbins Scotland. This innovative programme takes the form of short-term individual or group music therapy projects. This paper will present the programme, the potential role of songwriting and its application with young adults facing a life-limiting illness, and in addition some preliminary findings of accompanying idiographic research aiming to uncover the ways in which it is valued.