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Introductory Course in
Guided Imagery and Music


The 5-day Introductory Course is a residential intensive program that covers 37 instructional hours, including Music & Imagery methods and an introduction to the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music (GIM) 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. 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 and Narrative and mandala drawing.


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



The course commences with dinner at 6:30 on Friday night and concludes at approximately 1:00 on Wednesday 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.



The course is open to qualified therapists and health care professionals who hold at least a Bachelor’s degree in their field and clinical experience.


A deposit of $250 is required at the time of making application, paid to:

Avalon Training

Bank code: 733-033 (Westpac)

Account number: 591562


Applicants may be phoned to discuss the course content and relevance to the applicant’s current therapy work. A maximum 10 trainees can be accommodated in these training courses.



Two references are required – one is a character reference and the other a professional reference. Please ensure that the referees know that the course you are applying for and the cut-off date.  



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 before the course commences, the deposit will not be returned. In the event the course has to be cancelled for other reasons (e.g., new Covid restrictions; insufficient enrolments), all fees will be refunded.


Dr Denise Grocke (Primary Trainer) and Associate Trainers Anja Tanhane, Cherie Baxter and Rachael Martin.

Further information and biographies can be found under Trainers page.


For all enquiries please contact Denise Grocke at: or 0402 579 819.


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