Structure of Training

Introductory and Advanced Training in Music & Imagery and the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music

INTRODUCTORY (Level 1) TRAINING is a 5-day residential intensive program over 37 instructional hours that covers the spectrum of Music & Imagery in clinical and non-clinical practice, including applications for children, young people, adult clients with health-related conditions and adults seeking personal growth. 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.


At the end of Introductory level training therapists can use Music & Imagery with individuals and groups in their existing practice.


The next Introductory (Level 1)Training will be held  Friday September 10 - Wednesday 15, 2021 at the Country Place, Kalorama, Melbourne.

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Costs and application form: please contact Denise Grocke directly at



Dates in 2021: tba

The course structure over 2 years includes:

a) A series of seminars (alternating online and residential) comprising 155 hours of didactic teaching, group discussion, group supervision and group experiential work. Alongside the seminars, trainees conduct client sessions, receive supervision, read set texts and complete written assignment work.


b) Client Sessions: 85 sessions are required; the majority of these must be full Bonny Method sessions (approx. 2 hours in length). Some may be shortened Bonny Method sessions or group GIM sessions. Trainees complete a summary form of each session for use in supervision and presentations at seminars. Trainees also maintain a log of sessions.


c) Supervision

Seventeen supervisions are required. These are mainly audio-recorded sessions with Zoom or telephone supervision post session, or where possible, on-site supervisions. Trainees must have one supervision per 5 sessions given to clients.


d) A minimum 20 personal experiential sessions of GIM are required. These sessions are conducted by a qualified GIM practitioner holding Registration with MIAA or AMI. At least 10 of these sessions must be given by the same therapist. Trainees are encouraged to have more than the 20 required sessions.

e) Case consultations. Each trainee presents case material at seminars, with peer discussion and feedback. At least two case presentations must be a series of 10 sessions.