September 20, 2020
"In my previous role of Vice President of Clinical Services for Daytop Village of NJ, Inc., I had the privilege to work alongside Kathy Moser for five years. But more importantly as a clinically licensed social worker, I was honored to witness the incredible impact on recovery, resiliency, brain connectivity, and social emotional learning that the Music For Recovery provided to hundreds of adolescents. It was clear that Kathy and the professionals she brought to Daytop, including Alice Leon, understood the importance of providing support through a trauma informed lens and by innate personality were our greatest stewards of Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports.
A cornerstone of care at Daytop was evidenced based talk therapy interventions, but the single greatest compliment to all of our clinical services, and for some youth the most powerful intervention, was our Music for Recovery program, spearheaded by Kathy Moser. It was in the music studio that you could feel clients find hope, healing, education and most importantly connection."
KIMBERLY O’CONNOR-SOULE, LSCSW
Vice President of Clinical Advancement, KVC Hospitals
Since 2009, Music for Recovery has brought hundreds of workshops and concerts to recovery spaces such as Gosnold on Cape Cod, Spring Hill Recovery, Daytop NJ, Wayside House, The Refuge and many more. Songs created in these workshops have been streamed over 30,000 times.
The songwriting process gives clients hands-on way to engage with recovery skills including letting a process unfold, slowing down and working as a group. Harvard’s Recovery Research Institute’s 2016 study of Music for Recovery found "participation in Music for Recovery is shown to enhance engagement and retention in treatment by mobilizing common therapeutic mechanisms that ultimately enhance the likelihood of long-term recovery.”
During a typical workshop, up to 25 clients work together to write, produce, and record an original song in only two hours. One client reported on the experience by stating: "First it was intimidating. Then, it was possible. Then it was creative and fun. I felt proud at the end.”