Bonny Method Level 1 Training

Bonny Method Level I Training

The introductory training seminar in the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music at Appalachian State University is taught as a 5-day, 45-hour intensive with additional assignments before and/or after the seminar. This immersion in the Bonny Method offers experienced therapists an entryway into training in this method and provides advanced students in music therapy and mental health professions with an experiential taste of the power of music as an agent of change. Also included is training in relaxation inductions and supportive music and imagery. A minimum of one personal GIM session with a trained facilitator and a complete music program is pre-requisite to this training; additional sessions are recommended.

Through lectures, demonstrations, and supervised experiences as guide and traveler, this introductory level training will prepare participants to demonstrate emerging skills in:

  • Facilitating relaxation inductions (CBMT Domain, II.A.5.j)
  • Basic guiding interventions (CBMT Domain II.A.1.d)
  • Basic verbal and nonverbal processing techniques (CBMT Domain II.A.1.b, II.A.5.

This course will address following AMTA Advanced Competencies:

  • I.A.1.2 Differentiate the theoretical orientations of The Bonny Method from theories of other music therapy approaches
  • I.B.4.3 Understand the contraindications of music therapy
  • II.B.8.1 Utilize self-awareness and insight to deepen the client’s process in music therapy.
  • II.B.8.2 Identify one’s personal issues as may be relevant to the music therapy process.  
  • II.B.8 3 Use personal reflection
  • II.B.8.4 Practice strategies for self-care

Following completion of the Level I training, the therapist may facilitate relaxation experiences or simple and structured music and imagery techniques (not GIM) with peers or with those groups or individuals in a clinical setting in which the therapist has experience and for whom such an intervention is indicated. Satisfactory completion of this training will meet the pre-requisite for GIM Level II training and may be used toward completion of requirements for becoming a Fellow of the Association for Music and Imagery.

Three hours of graduate academic credit (MUS 5060) are available through Appalachian State University. Students registering for academic credit will be required to complete follow up assignments. Those who have never attended Appalachian must apply for admission to the Graduate School as a nondegree graduate student and pay a nonrefundable application fee to the University .

This workshop is designed for music therapists and other mental health professionals. Advanced students also are welcomed.

See the Schedule and Costs for upcoming Bonny Method training sessions.

Contact Dr. Cathy McKinney for more information.


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