Missouri juvenile justice system turns to music therapy

A southwestern Missouri juvenile justice center has teamed up with a university in offering weekly music therapy sessions to troubled teenagers in hopes it improves their behavior.

“If you got something that the kids are looking forward to and want to participate, I just can’t help to think that we’re going to see some good fruit there in the long run,” he said. “It is really a massive undertaking. It involves reshaping physical structures and reshaping hearts and minds.”

“We’re doing sessions discussing trust and empathy (and) self-worth so hopefully when you have a stronger awareness of yourself, you can make better choices in the future. I’m not treating the ‘why.’ I’m treating the tomorrow.”

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