Publications

Treating Inhalant Abuse in Adolescence: A Recorded Music Expressive Arts Intervention

https://www.apa.org/pubs/journals/features/pmu-pmu0000058.pdf

 

Oklan, A. M., & Henderson, S. J. (2014). Treating inhalant abuse in adolescence: A

recorded music expressive arts intervention. Psychomusicology: Music, Mind, and Brain, 24(3), 231–237. http://doi.org/10.1037/pmu0000058

 

Summary:

  • Single case study with an adolescent with significant neuropsychological symptoms following three months of chronic inhalant abuse.

  • Created a Recorded Music Expressive Arts (RMEA) intervention, utilizing songwriting, recording, and music production to create a lasting artifact that can be reflected upon and reexperinced at different times.

  • Songwriting and music production process was integrated with Narrative Therapy approaches to facilitate coping, adaptation, and symptom reduction by re-storying trauma narratives.

  • RMEA process: a) favorite song chosen as a creative template for personally meaningful new words and music; b) participant wrote new lyrics and reworked the music with my assistance, using portable recording studio; and c) song was collaboratively recorded, mixed, produced, and encoded onto CD.

  • Findings supported a) amelioration of symptoms of depression (BDI-IIand SCL-90-R), b) reduction of psychiatric symptoms (SCL-90-R), and c) increased utilization of adaptive coping strategies (Adolescent Coping Orientation for Problem Experiences).

Reauthoring Narratives with Alternative Education Students Using Recorded Music Expressive Arts

https://search.proquest.com/docview/1952112381

 

Oklan, A. M. (2017). Reauthoring narratives with alternative education students using recorded music

expressive arts (Dissertation).  Retrieved from Proquest Dissertations and Theses database. 10278105.

 

Summary:

  • Studied music therapy intervention I created, Recorded Music Expressive Arts (RMEA), with culturally diverse, trauma exposed alternative education high school students with substance abuse issues.

  • Integrates Narrative Therapy and creative process as means to voice challenges, “tell their story,” and re-author problem-saturated narratives in culturally sanctioned manner. 

  • Found a) enhanced coping (problem focused engagement, cognitive restructuring, and emotional expression); b) decreased substance misuse; c) increased contemplation and action readiness to respond to intervention; d) improved behavior (e.g. internalizing, behavior, learning problems, and suspension rates); and e) higher attendance rates.

My Story About The School Shootings

http://www.keepandshare.com/doc/5396270/my-story-about-the-school-shootings-pdf-8-3-meg?da=y

 

Oklan, A. M., Kliman, G., Oklan, A. K., Oklan, E., (2013).  My Story About The School 

Shootings. San Francisco: Children’s Psychological Health Center.

Summary:

  • Authored Guided Activity Workbook to help youth and families affected by the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut.

  • Developed to assist parents, teachers, and mental health professionals in helping youth overcome school shootings and similar acts of mass violence.