Episode 136 - Dr. Brian Kelly: Superman in the Smallest Place: Exploring a Music Studio for Young People Experiencing Homelessness

Monday, February 03, 2014, 8:27:48 AM

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In this episode, Dr. Brian Kelly describes his experience and research with homeless youth. Specifically, he looks into the effectiveness of utilizing a music studio in a transitional living program to engage young people's strengths and promote their resilience.

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Average Rating: 5stars  podcast review, Thursday, January 28, 2016

By Hillary V. :

While scrolling through the podcasts, the title of this one grabbed my attention; it was different from the rest. Music has always been an outlet for me so it was nice to see someone appreciating the positive effect it can have on the lives of young people. Although I have always known that there are various forms of recreational art and music therapy when it comes to recovery from trauma, Dr. Brian Kelly took it one step further with his research.
Dr. Kelly’s emphasis on the strengths of the kids utilizing the studio space stuck out to me. In my current field placement, I work with adolescents in a coping skills group and I have seen first-hand how much of a positive impact encouraging kids to express themselves creatively can help in their healing process. From my experience, when a kid feels comfortable and in control, they are more likely to succeed; this podcast just reaffirmed this belief.
I also liked how Dr. Kelly brought up the other things these kids benefited from including increasing their interpersonal and intrapersonal skills, ability to overcome challenges and frustrations (technical and relational), and gaining a sense of accomplishment and confidence in which they can share with their peers. This study was very well-rounded and brought a lot of depth to a seemingly simple topic.
My favorite part of this podcast was when Dr. Kelly played some music that was produced by some of the kids. It was amazing to see the creativity and hard-work of these kids pay off. I also liked how Dr. Kelly did not downplay traumatic events or the current artistic and creative therapies that are out there and that have already been researched. Instead, he specified that his research was just a continuation of what is already out there. His research paints a bigger picture of young people; they are more than just the traumatic event they suffered. They deserve to be recognized for the talent and creative energy they can offer the world.

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