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Introductory Course in Guided Imagery and Music (Bonny Method) 2024


This Introductory Course in GIM (Bonny Method) is a hybrid program that covers 37 instructional hours.
Topics include:

  • Music & Imagery methods, including applications for children, young people and adult clients with health-related conditions and adults seeking personal growth; and

  • An introduction to the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music (GIM).


The course introduces trainees to individual and group music & imagery; the core elements of the Bonny Method of GIM; and three of Helen Bonny’s music programs, experienced both as a guide and as a traveller. There will be experiential sessions conducted in pairs (dyads). Please note that it is a condition of the training that you engage in the experiential sessions.


At the end of the Introductory course, therapists can use Music & Imagery with individuals and groups in their existing practice, and a range of other creative techniques such as Music Drawing & Narrative (MDN). Introductory training is a pre-requisite for Advanced Training in GIM.


For Australian music therapists, the 37 hours of teaching and learning and can be counted toward Continuing Professional Development under “Receptive Music Therapy.”



Day 1 and 2 will be conducted online. Content includes: Intentional listening, Music for Supportive MI, Using scripts, Definitions of Guided Imagery and Music, Session Structure, Relaxations inductions and Dialogue interventions. We will also study two Bonny Method music programs with scores.

Dates:  Saturday July 13 - Sunday July 14, 2024, 9:30 – 5:00 (EST) with scheduled breaks


Days 3, 4 and 5 will be conducted as an intensive, held at the Treacy Centre, 126 The Avenue, Parkville.  The content includes three dyads in which participants experience being a traveller and a guide.

Dates: Friday October 25th  -  Monday October 28th commencing with dinner at 6:30 on Friday night and concluding at approximately 3:00 on Monday October 28th after lunch. Provision will be made in the schedule for participants needing to get public transport to Tullamarine in order to catch flights interstate at the end of the course.



There is no accommodation at the Treacy Centre, however there is the Parkmore Motel within walking distance:



Breakfast is available at Parkmore for additional cost to the room. Lunch and morning and afternoon teas are included in the price at Treacy Centre. Dinner arrangements tbc.



The course is open to music therapists and other qualified therapists and health care professionals who hold at least a Bachelor degree in their field, plus clinical experience. A background in music will be an advantage.

Application is made on the Application Form.

Applications close Friday July 5, 2024.


2-day online component: $250; 3-day intensive $1400 – total $1650.

A deposit of $250 is required at the time of making application to secure a place. It covers the cost of days 1 and 2.  The balance $1400 can be paid in two instalments (to be arranged individually), or in one payment no later than Friday October 18th.


Payable to:

Avalon GIM Training

BSB: 733-033 (WPC)

Account number: 591562


Two references are required – one is a character reference and the other a professional reference. Please ensure that the referees are aware of the cut-off date.  

Click links to download the Character Referee Form and the Professional Referee Form.



Should you not be accepted into the course the deposit will be returned to you. However, if you are accepted into the course and cancel for personal reasons within 7 days before the course commences, the deposit will not be returned. In the event the course has to be cancelled for other reasons (e.g., insufficient enrolments), all fees will be refunded.



Dr Denise Grocke (Primary Trainer) and Associate Trainer Cherie Baxter.


Application Form

Character Referee Form

Professional Referee Form


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