This professional training course offered by IMAGEing-European GIM Trainings is approved and accredited by the International Association for Music and Imagery (AMI) based in the USA (http://www.ami-bonnymethod.org).  Graduates of the training are eligible to apply for registration as Fellows of AMI and become registered GIM therapists.

This training has a holistic theoretical foundation that includes neuropsychology and psychotraumatology, developmental and attachment psychology, music psychology, modern psychodynamics; and humanistic, positive, archetypal and transpersonal psychology.

The full professional training course in the GIM method consists of 24 days of training, organised in blocks of six 4-day seminars, over a period of approximately 3 years.  Each seminar will involve 20-24 class hours.  The length and amount of the following seminars will be adjusted according to practical considerations for students and trainers. Training also includes clinical practice, supervision and personal therapy with the GIM method.  The final goal of the training is to become a fully trained therapist, or Fellow of the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music (FAMI).

The training has three parts:  Level I (introductory), Level II (intermediate) and Level III (Advanced Level).

The introductory Level I is a 3-day seminar, after which the student has sufficient information to decide if he/she wants to engage in training.  In Level II, short forms are introduced. Great emphasis is placed on the development of guiding skills and the management of sessions and a basic amount of supervision and personal sessions will be required.  After Level II, the student will be qualified to conduct individual and group sessions under supervision.

Seminars will consist of didactic teaching, music and imagery experientials and group discussions and consultations. Before and after seminars there will be opportunities for individual sessions and supervisions. The last year of the training will have a greater emphasis on training sessions, supervisions, clinical seminars, and writing, supervision and examination of the “Final Paper”.

In the intervening months between seminars, students will be involved in client practice sessions, in supervised sessions, in reading and written assignment work.

Training requirements-eligibility for admission

Introductory seminar (Level I) is open to anybody interested in the GIM method, without any particular skills required. However, the full training program is directed towards mental health professionals (Psychiatrists, Clinical Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Music/Art therapists, Counsellors, etc) with sufficient psychotherapeutic training and experience, and with an interest to incorporate receptive music therapy techniques as basic or complementary tools in their clinical practice.

It is designed for professionals with clinical experience with adults or adolescents with a wide range of psychological or psychiatric disorders and conditions (especially stress-related and psychosomatic disorders), as well as from allied fields such as psycho-oncology, palliative care, perinatal psychology, family therapy, quality of life, self-growth, team building, etc.

Participants from other professional backgrounds, (e.g. musicians, educators) who wish to complete the full training programme will be accepted under certain conditions and the admission is at the discretion of the Primary Trainers, following evaluation.

In addition to theoretical and experiential seminars, students will be required to complete:

1) 100 client practice sessions (including 10 group sessions and 20 short-format sessions) . Twenty (20) out of these must be supervised. (supervised sessions are at the students’ own financial expense).Minimum requirement one supervision between seminars.

2) 20 personal experiential sessions in GIM (at the students’ expense).  At least 12 of these sessions must be given by the same therapist. (three personal sessions are required as a minimum before students enter level III-advanced training)

3)one case study of a client for a series of at least 10 GIM sessions

4) One final project: theoretical, experiential or research paper, according to student’s particular clinical interests, or, creation of a new music programme.

Additional requirements are detailed in the training schedule is appended below (slight alterations may apply to the overall structure, according to the requirements of each particular training group).

  • Musical knowledge/training is not a prerequisite but an affinity to music is desirable
  • Language of the training is English, Swedish or Greek.  International applications are welcome in all English-speaking groups
  • Participants in our trainings are limited to a small group.

Completion of training- GIM fellowship

On completion of the Advanced GIM training (level III 4) and the above requirements, graduates are recognized as having achieved the highest level of training in GIM. Graduates may engage in independent practice of GIM in the clinical settings for which they or otherwise professionally qualified. Graduates are eligible to apply to the AMI for Fellowship and inclusion in the Fellows Registry. Application for Fellowship must be made within 5 years of completion of all additional requirements for Advanced GIM training (supervisions, sessions and final projects).