ATLANTIS INSTITUTE CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY
• Training course registrations will be confirmed when signup has been made in the case of Level I, and applications and fees have been received, in the case of Level II and Level III training modules.
• In order to cancel or reschedule a confirmed training please submit an email request to the Primary Trainer with whom you have registered.
• Please submit all cancellation requests within 45 calendar days of registration and no later than 15 days prior to the scheduled course date in order to receive a full refund of paid registration fees. No shows or cancellations not made within the specified cancellation period will incur the full cost of registration,
To take the Level II course, the student must have successfully completed an AMI-approved Level I course, apply to the Atlantis Institute, give 10 personal sessions (onefers), 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 are meant to be done following the training. except in the case of illness or emergency. This will be handled per individual case and circumstances. To begin Level III training, all of the Level II requirements must be completed, including the Level II module, and an application and $300 must be submitted to the Atlantis Institute.
• An Atlantis Training program reserves the right to cancel any training course due to insufficient enrollment at least 15 calendar days in advance of the scheduled course date. Notice will be provided with the option to reschedule for a future course date or to receive a full refund of registration fees.
• Atlantis Institute is not responsible for any expenses incurred by the trainee if a training course is cancelled.
• If a training class is cancelled due to any unforeseen circumstances such as inclement weather or natural disaster, the trainee is entitled to reschedule for a future training course.
Director of the Meadowlark Musique Centre in Texas, Dr. Nicki Cohen has been a music therapist since 1978, an AMI Fellow since 2001, an AMI trainer since 2010, and a certified Tomatis practitioner since May, 2021. Nicki also teaches Circles of the Self, Music and Imagery, and Music and Human Imagination courses through her business, Meadowlark Musique Center. She has instructed GIM classes in Denton and Dallas, TX; Zipacón, Colombia; and will be teaching virtually to students in Singapore, South Korea, and Hong Kong during 2021. Cohen taught music therapy at Texas Woman's University for 28 years. She is Emeritus Professor and plans to continue to offer clinical training, client sessions, and lectures as well as Tomatis Method sessions. Nicki enjoys singing while playing her accordion and ukelele, listening to her finches hop around and beep, drinking tea, cuddling with her cats, and driving her assorted motor vehicles. Music has always been a keynote in Nicki's life, and brings meaning and joy to her.
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 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.
1. Demonstrate knowledge of fundamental concepts about The Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music (GIM), a music-centered form of psychotherapy (IIA-3-c-f; IIA-4-e).
2. Articulate the functions of GIM music programs in generating imagery via didactic lectures (I-D-13)
3. Participate in an introductory experience in the roles of both traveler and facilitator during group GIM sessions (I-D-15; II-A-1-b)
The introductory training in the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music is taught as a 5-day, 36-hour intensive. This immersion in the Bonny Method offers experienced therapists an entryway into training in this method and provides advanced students in music therapy and mental health professions with an experiential taste of the power of music as an agent of change.
Miscellaneous Information: Earn 36 CMTE hours during a five day/four night format. Registration = $595. The course will be taught virtually in 2021. The course deadline is 30 days prior to training. Students who cancel after the deadline will be refunded 50% of the full registration costs.
• Have successfully completed a bachelor's degree in a medical or mental health field
• Preferably an MT-BC with at least one year of clinical practice
ATLANTIS INSTITUTE CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY
· Training course registrations will be confirmed when signup has been made in the case of Level I, and applications and fees have been received, in the case of Level II and Level III training modules.
· In order to cancel or reschedule a confirmed training please submit an email request to the Primary Trainer with whom you have registered.
· Please submit all cancellation requests within 45 calendar days of registration and no later than 15 days prior to the scheduled course date in order to receive a full refund of paid registration fees.
· No shows or cancellations not made within the specified cancellation period will incur the full cost of registration, except in the case of illness or emergency. This will be handled per individual case and circumstances.
Cancellation by Atlantis Institute
· An Atlantis Training program reserves the right to cancel any training course due to insufficient enrollment at least 15 calendar days in advance of the scheduled course date. Notice will be provided with the option to reschedule for a future course date or to receive a full refund of registration fees.
· Atlantis Institute is not responsible for any expenses incurred by the trainee if a training course is cancelled.
· If a training class is cancelled due to any unforeseen circumstances such as weather, pandemic, or natural disaster, the trainee is entitled to reschedule for a future training course.
6:00 Introduction to the Bonny Method
6:45 Historical Overview of the Bonny Method
9:00-10:00 Mind Maps
10:00-10:45 Guides and Travelers
11:00-11:45 How to Guide
11:45-1:00 Demonstration & Post Session Worksheets
1:00-4:00-Lunch and Break
4:00-5:15 Music Program: Caring & Music Lab Sheets
5:15-6:00 Guiding Practice
7:00-9:00 Dyad #1 and Group Processing
9:00-9:30 Toward a Theory of Consciousness
9:30-10:00 The Mood Wheel
10:00-10:45 Introducing Body Work
12:00-12:50 Guiding Inductions
1:00-4:00 Lunch and Break
4:00-5:00 Music Program: Reflections
5:00-6:00 Music as Co-Therapist
7:00-9:00 Dyad #2 and Group Processing
9:00-10:00 The Power of the Image
10:00-11:15. Music Program-Quiet
11:30-12:15 Clinical Applications of GIM
12:15-12:50. Music Program: Explorations
4:00-6:00. Dyad #3 and Group Processing
7:00-9:00 Dyad #4 and Group Processing
9:00-9:45 Level II GIM Training
9:45-10:30 GIM and Groups
10:45-11:30 Ethics and Contraindications
11:30-12:15 Music Program: Contemporary
1:15-2:45 Music and Imagery
2:45-3:00 Evaluations/Interviews for Level II
The Level II Bonny Method course, as designed by the Atlantis Institute for Consciousness and Music, will be taught virtually in. 2021. The cost of this 6 1/2 day training is $995. The following section will provide information about this training.
1. To demonstrate knowledge of intermediate concepts about The Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music (GIM), a music-centered form of psychotherapy (i.e., Definition, History and Philosophy) CBMT Domain: (IIB4: Integrate the following theoretical orientations into music therapy practice: (a) humanistic/existential, (b)psychodynamic; (c) transpersonal )
2. To articulate the functions of GIM guiding in the generation and clarification of imagery via didactic lectures and experiential sessions. CBMT Domain: IIA5z: to use creativity and flexibility in meeting client’s changing needs
3. To participate in three experiences in the roles of both traveler and facilitator during GIM sessions.CBMT Domain:II5H: to employ active listening; II5J: to employ music relaxation; IVA4: to engage in collaborative work with colleagues; IB5: document
4. To introduce and analyze the music programs used for Level II sessions and assignments. CBMT Domains: IVB-3: Maintain and expand music repertoire; IVA6: Expand music skills
Earn 50 CMTE hours during a six day/five night format. Registration = $975. Students who cancel after the deadline will be refunded 50% of the full registration costs.
5-Getting Started with Clients
9-Types of Inductions
10:00- Music Program: Loss with Music Worksheet
12:15-Guiding Map & Guiding Map Intervention Slides
2- Music Program: Depth Bach with Music Worksheet
3- Post Session Processing Worksheet
9:30-Music Program: Melancholy with Music Worksheets
10:45-Body Work-Physical Interventions
1:00- Training Transcript
2:00- Music as Co-Therapist
4:30- Music Program: Transcendence with Music Worksheets
5:30- Psychodynamic Aspects of Music
9:30-Level II Imagery
10:30- Music Program: Transitions with Music Worksheets
11:45-Ethics of Working with NO States
2:00-What to Look for in Mandalas
11:15- Music Programs-Contemporary with Music Worksheets
1:30-Music and Imagery
Earn 42 CMTE hours during a five day/four night format.Advanced Clinical Module Registration = $750. Students who cancel after the deadline will be refunded 50% of the full registration costs. This class had to be postponed due to the pandemic.
Learning Objectives and Corresponding CBMT Domains
1. Analyze eight Bonny Method music programs appropriate for clinical
populations and each of their individual musical tracks by the end of the
2. Identify client response to different elements of music (IB-13; IIA-5r).
3. Articulate specific considerations and techniques when using Bonny Method techniques with clients with depression, anxiety, panic, or anger disorders, eating disorders, addiction, abuse, inner child work, and reparenting (IIA-5t; IB-3).
4. Demonstrate appropriate relaxation, induction, and guiding techniques when working with dyad partner (IIA-5j).
5. Conduct a client intake (IIB-5).
Day Two (9-9, 2 15-min. breaks as needed)
Day Three (9-9, 2 15-min. breaks as needed)
Day Four (9-9, 2 15-min. breaks as needed)
Day Five (9-3, 1 15-minute break as needed)
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.
Level I Tuition:
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.
Level II Tuition:
Students must attend three 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.
Level III Tuition:
Advanced Clinical: $750, Earn 36 CMTE hours during a 5 day/4 night format.
Myth & Archetype: $750, Earn 36 CMTE hours, 5 1/2 days
Transpersonal: $750, Earn 42 CMTE hours, 6 1/2 days
Both Nicki Cohen and Santiago Vilá were taught to be Trainers through the Atlantis Institute for Consciousness and Music, which is directed by Dr. Sierra Stearns and Ms. Carol Bush. The Atlantis Institute has prepared many excellent Bonny Method Trainers.
Cohen, N. (2021). Music as the anteroom for imagery and consciousness: Waiting for the call.
Virtual Conference of the Association for Music and Imagery.
Cohen, N. (2019). Adversity, archetype, grace: The personal account of survival & integration. Conference of the Association for Music and Imagery.
Cohen, N. (2017). Four advanced methods of music therapy practice. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers. [book]
Cohen, N. (2017). Helen Bonny: The seed or the flower? Southwestern AMTA conference, Lubbock, TX.
Cohen, N. (2017). Helen Bonny: The seed or the flower? Conference of the Association for Music and Imagery, Montreal, Quebec, CA
Cohen, N. (2015). Kud’sha b’reekh hu (from the Sacred Wellspring). In Siddur Kol Ami.Congregation Kol Ami, Flower Mound, TX.
Cohen, N. (2015). The floating leaf: A case study of guided imagery and music for a person with brain damage. In Guided imagery and music: A spectrum of approach. Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Cohen, N. (2016). Principles of objectivist research. In Music therapy research (3rd. ed.). Barcelona Publishers. Commissioned Chapter.
Cohen, N. (2013). Neurogenic communication disorders. In Guidelines for music therapy practice: Medical care of adults (ed. J. Allen). Barcelona Publishers.
Cohen, N. (2011). Featured Speaker in The Healing Powers of Music. Channel 33, Dallas.
Cohen, N. (2010). To Tense and Release: Reconsidering Relaxation Strategies. American Music Therapy Association Conference, Cleveland, OH.
Cohen, N. (2010).Therapeutic music as narrative. Narrative and Healing, the telemedicine component of LitSite Alaska. University of Alaska, Anchorage.
Cohen, N. (2009). Featured Speaker in TWU Music Therapy [DVD]. Annis Leung, Director and Producer.
Cohen, N. (2009).The rock and roll threshold: How loud is too loud? American Music Therapy Association Conference, San Diego, CA.
Cohen, N. (2008). Featured Speaker in Invited by Music: Explorations in Consciousness [DVD]. The Bonny Institute.
Cohen, N. (2008).The 10 Lenses: How cultural diversity impacts music therapy practice. Presented at the American Music Therapy Association Conference.
Cohen, N. (2007). Bonny Method practice and cultural diversity: Finding the balance. Presented at the Association for Music and Imagery Conference.
Cohen, N. (2006). Cultural diversity and music therapy: Finding the balance. Presented at the American Music Therapy Association Conference.
Cohen, N. (2005). Musical choices: An interview with Helen Lindquist Bonny. Journal of the Association for Music and Imagery, 9, 1-26.
Summer, L., Cohen, N., Goldberg, F., McKinney, C., & West, T. (2005). Music and Imagery: Roundtable for Current Practice and Training. Association for Music and Imagery Conference, Vancouver, B.C.,Canada.
Cohen, N. (2004). Applications of GIM Research to Music Therapy Practice. Aalborg University, Denmark
Cohen, N. (2002). Ethical considerations in guided imagery and music. In K. Bruscia and D. Grocke (Eds.) Guided imagery and music: The Bonny Method and beyond. Barcelona Publishers.
Cohen, N., & Burns, D. (2002). Music Relaxation Techniques: Considerations for the Music Therapist. American Music Therapy Association Conference, Atlanta, GA
Cohen, N. (2001). Music and Imagery Techniques. Sookmyung University, Seoul, South Korea
Cohen, N. (2000). The Sounds of Loss: Music and Imagery in Bereavement Support. 13th International Congress on Care of the Terminally Ill, Montreal, Canada.
$60 for demonstration session, limit of one
$70-Bonny Method trainee session
$100-Bonny Method trainee supervision
$100-Bonny Method personal session for non-trainee
$100-Bonny Method consultation
$120 per group session with maximum of 6 members
The amount will be based on number of days and topics. Contact Nicki Cohen using the form at the end of this website if you are interested in a workshop on the Music Therapy, the Bonny Method, Circles of the Self, or Music and Imagery.
Please leave a message for me at anytime, and I will get back to you within 24 hours. Please indicate whether you would prefer for me to call or email you. Nicki Cohen