Level II Class 2016
•An advanced form of music therapy practice
• A music-centered therapy which uses specifically selected recorded music to stimulate and support a dynamic unfolding of inner experiences in service of physical, psychological, and spiritual health and wellbeing (Association for Music and Imagery, 2005)
• Supports the belief that each individual has the capacity for self-healing and knowledge
• Bonny Method therapist supports the client through the healing and discovery process.
Classical Bonny Method sessions are in four sections: prelude, induction, guided music listening (usually to recorded classical music), and postlude. While the music plays, the client and therapist participate in an ongoing verbal dialogue about the client's imagery experience, which has been evoked by the music.
All Bonny Method practitioners, or Fellows, are trained by programs approved by the Association for Music and Imagery (AMI). AMI also approves all Bonny Method Fellow or Trainer applications.
To qualify for Level I training, students must have received one personal Bonny Method session or have attended an Introduction to the Bonny Method continuing education course.
To take the Level II course, the student must apply to the Atlantis Institute, give 10 personal sessions, receive 4 personal sessions, complete one musical analysis assignment, and read 5 related books. Half of the requirements are meant to be done prior to the training and the other half is meant to be done following the training.
Students must attend 3 Level III courses that contain Advanced Clinical, Archetype and Myth, Transpersonal Healing, Music and the Psyche, and Supervisory training. Students must apply and be accepted by the Atlantis Institute. To successfully complete the training and become a Fellow of the Association for Music and Imagery, Level III students must give 75 client sessions, receive 15 personal sessions, receive 15 supervisions, read 15 books and write reports, complete and present a 10-session case study at one of the Level III trainings, and analyze in writing all 19 of the required Atlantis GIM music programs.
Both Nicki Cohen and Santiago Vilá were taught to be Trainers through the Atlantis Institute for Consciousness and Music, which is directed by Sierra Stearns and Carol Bush. The Atlantis Institute has prepared many excellent Bonny Method Trainers.
Nicki Cohen, Ph.D.,MT-BC is a Fellow and Trainer of the AMI. She teaches for the Atlantis Institute in Denton, TX, where Nicki is also a Professor of Music Therapy at Texas Woman's University.. She has a private GIM practice that incorporates music therapy techniques and modified forms of the Bonny Method as needed. Nicki conducts all levels of GIM trainings, and also offers workshops, supervisions, and therapeutic sessions. She is willing to teach internationally. Nicki just published a book entitled, Advanced Methods in Music Therapy Practice by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Nicki loves to sing, play her ukulele and accordion, listen to her finches fidgit and beep, drink tea, and laugh. She is forever grateful to Helen Bonny, her mentor, for how GIM has fully transformed her life.
Santiago Vilá has been the music therapy coordinator of Tákim Institute in Bogotá, Colombia since 2011. He is a professional drummer and holds a Master´s Degree in Music Therapy from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. He is Fellow and Primary Trainer of the Association for Music and Imagery. Although Spanish is his mother tongue, he speaks fluently in English and Italian. Kriya Yoga is essential in his soul journey, and he incorporates meditation techniques in the therapeutic processes. In his private practice, he uses GIM specially for spiritual growth, recovery from trauma and addictions.
According to Santi, "Since I lived that first peak experience, the healing nature of that expanded state caused by music has been the source of inspiration to accompany others in their healing and transformation paths."
To study the Bonny Method, one must believe in the wisdom of the Self to heal when given support and non-directive guidance. Students can be music therapists, counselors, spiritual directors. or other related professionals who believe in the power of music and imagery as means of transformation. A student who pursues Bonny Method training must have a strong and close relationship with music, clinical experience as a mental health therapist, the required certification for their profession, and have a master's degree by the time they finish their training.
$90 per 1.5-2 hour session
$60 for a Bonny Method trainee
$50 for a demonstration session, limit of one
$120 per group session with maximum of 6 members
$75 per supervision
$75 per consultation
The amount will be based on number of days and topic. Contact Nicki Cohen using the form at the end of this website if you are interested in a workshop on the Bonny Method or a similar topic.
The following Bonny Method trainings will be offered
during 2018 in Denton, TX:
Cancellations made by students after the deadlines
will result in a 50% refund.
Please leave a message for me at anytime, am or pm, and I will get back to you within 24 hours. Please indicate whether you would prefer for me to call you or email you. Nicki Cohen
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