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Music Therapy Faculty: Gillian Stephens-Langdon


Gillian Stephens Langdon, music therapist for over 35 years, has recently retired from Bronx Psychiatric Center where she served as Director of Creative Arts Therapies and Coordinator and Supervisor of the Music Therapy internship program. She continues as a member of the Trauma Committee. She is currently an adjunct faculty member at New York University and is a member of the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) and the International Society for Social and Psychological Approaches to Psychosis (ISPS). She is also a harpist and a member of the Bronx Concert Singers.

Ms. Langdon has recently presented her work on treatment from trauma and recovery from sexual abuse at the 2012 American Psychiatric Association Institute on Psychiatric Services, 2011 National AMTA Conference, and 2010 Expressive Therapies Summit. In 2010 she presented at the International Society for the Study of Schizophrenia and Other Psychoses (ISPS-US) Conference in Stockbridge, MA. At the 2009 conference of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation, she presented her work on integration through creative arts therapies with survivors of chronic, pervasive trauma in an in-patient setting.

A documentary about her work in music therapy was awarded 2nd place in the Office of Mental Health Contest, 1980. She received an Honorable Mention for Trauma and Creative Arts Therapies Poster for Best Practices Conference, Bronx Psychiatric Center, 2001. Ms. Langdon was twice named “Employee of the Month” at Bronx Psychiatric Center, most recently in May, 2013.

Recent Publications:

Langdon, G.S. (2015). Music therapy for adults with mental illness. In B.L.Wheeler (Ed.). Music Therapy Handbook. New York, N.Y.: Guilford Publications, Inc.

Muenzenmaier, K., Margolis, F., Langdon, G.S., Kobayashi, T., Rhodes, D., & Rifkin, L. (2015). Transcending Bias in Diagnosis and Treatment for Women with Serious
Mental Illness, Women and Therapy.

Borczon, R., Jampel, P., Langdon, G.S. (2010), Music therapy with adult survivors of trauma: integrating new approaches in the treatment of complex PTSD. In K. Stewart (Ed.) Music Therapy and Trauma: Bridging Theory and Clinical Practice, Satchnote Press, N.Y. (Available at West Music).

Langdon, G.S. (2001) Experiential music therapy group as a method of professional supervision. In Forinash, M. (Ed.) Music Therapy Supervision.

Langdon, G.S. (1995). The power of silence in music therapy. In C. Kenny (Ed.), Listening, Playing and Creating: Essays on the Power of Sound pp. 65 – 69. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press.

Ms. Langdon’s method is presented in Bruscia, K. (1987). Adult improvisational music therapy: the Stephens model in Improvisational Models of Music Therapy pp.335-346. Springfield, IL: Charles C. Thomas.

Recent Presentations:

(Up-coming) 2015 The International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis (ISPS). “From Fragmentation to Integration: Multidimensional Approaches for Working with Complex Trauma” co-presenter, New York City.

2014 Male Survivor Conference, 14th International Conference. “Hip Hop Healing Wounds in Trauma Recovery” co-presenter, New Jersey.

2012 American Psychiatric Association Institute on Psychiatric Services, ”Recovery from Sexual Abuse: Group Treatment Models for Men in the Public Mental Health System” co-presenter, New York City.

2011 National Music Therapy Association, co-presenter of conference. “Making the Case for the use of Music and Words in Trauma Treatment”, Atlanta, Georgia.

2008 First International Music Therapy and Trauma Symposium: Bridging
Theory and Clinical Practice, New York City. “Music Therapy With Adult Survivors of Trauma”.

2002 Keynote Speaker for National Music Therapy Conference, Gifu, Japan.