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Guided Imagery and Music

Miscellaneous Training Information

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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, 


COURSE PREREQUISITES

 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, 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


CANCELLATION 

•  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.

Level I 2020: Introduction to the Bonny Method

The Level I Bonny Method course, as designed by the Atlantis Institute for Consciousness and Music, will be taught in late May, 2020, in Denton, TX by Nicki S. Cohen and Santiago Vilá. The following section will provide information about this training.

Level I: Bonny Method

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  • Course Objectives and Accompanying CBMT Board Certification Domains


 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) 

COURSE DESCRIPTION

 The introductory training in the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music at Texas Woman's University is taught as a 5-day, 42-hour intensive at the campus. 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 42 CMTE hours during a five day/four night  format.  Registration = $595. Lodging and meal fees are optional. The course deadline is 45 days prior to training. Students who cancel after the deadline will be refunded 50% of the full registration costs. 


                                  COURSE PREREQUISITES

•  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 or natural disaster, the trainee is entitled to reschedule for a future training course.


                     


Level II: Objectives & CBMT Domains

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The Level II Bonny Method course, as designed by the Atlantis Institute for Consciousness and Music, will be taught from September 6-8, 2019 and November 8-10, 2019 in Denton, TX by Nicki S. Cohen in Denton, TX. The cost of this 6 1/2 day training is $975. 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 

Level II: Schedule

Miscellaneous Information:  

Earn 68 CMTE hours during a five day/four night  format. Registration = $975. Students who cancel after the August 25, 2019 deadline will be refunded 50% of the full registration costs. 


Friday, September 6, 2019 (4-9)

      4-Course Description 

      5-Getting Started with Clients 

      6-Dinner 

      7-Experiential 


Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019 (9-9)

      9-Types of Inductions 

     10:00- Music Program: Loss with Music Worksheet 

     11:00-Break 

     11:15-Demonstration 

     12:15-Guiding Map & Guiding Map Intervention Slides 

     1-Lunch 

     2- Music Program: Depth Bach with Music Worksheet 

     3- Post Session Processing Worksheet 

     4- Break 

     4:15-Dyad #1a 

     6-Dinner 

     7-Dyad #1b 


Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019 (9-3)

9- Processing 

9:30-Music Program: Melancholy with Music Worksheets 

10:30-Break 

10:45-Body Work-Physical Interventions 

12:00-Lunch 

1:00- Training Transcript 

2:00- Music as Co-Therapist 


Friday, November 8, 2019 (4-9)

4-Processing 

4:30- Music Program: Transcendence with Music Worksheets 

5:30- Psychodynamic Aspects of Music 

6:30-Dinner 

7:30-Dyad #2a 

Saturday, Nov. 9 (9-9)

9-Processing 

9:30-Level II Imagery 

10:30- Music Program: Transitions with Music Worksheets 

11:30-Break 

11:45-Ethics of Working with NO States 

1:00-Lunch 

2:00-What to Look for in Mandalas 

3:30-Dyad #2b 

5:15-GIM Groups 

6-Dinner 

7-Dyad #3a 


Sunday, Nov. 10 (9-3)

9-Processing 

9:30-Dyad #3b 

11:00-Break 

11:15- Music Programs-Contemporary with Music Worksheets 

12:15-Lunch 

1:30-Music and Imagery 

Level III: Myth and Archetype

Course Objectives and CBMT Domains

  • 1.  To recognize and identify archetypal imagery by using the Pearson, and Campbell books and to relate GIM imagery to personal myths through the process of mask-making
  • CBMT Domain:  (a) I.B.4.d. Identify client’s cultural and spiritual background; (b) I.B.12.Engage client in musical & non-musical  experience to obtain assessment data


  • 2.  To learn advanced music programs Inner Odyssey and/or Expanded   Awareness and how they relate to archetypal themes by completing a music laboratory worksheet on each program 
  • CBMT Domain:  (a) I.D.9. Consider client’s age, culture, language, music background, and preferences when designing MT experiences; (b)  I.D.15. Structure and organize Music Therapy experiences with each session to create therapeutic contour


  • 3.  To explore great mythic stories  (e.g., Hero's Journey, Ulysses),  how and why they apply to our lives, and to learn how the theories of C.G. Jung, Joseph Campbell, and Carol  Pearson provide a therapeutic foundation to GIM practice
  • CBMT Domain:  (a) II.A.4. Recognize how the following theoretical orientations inform Music Therapy practice; (b) IV. A. 4. Engage in collaborative work with colleagues. 

Level III Course Schedule

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  • Day 1 January 2, 2020


  • 4:00 Gathering and Overview (Finding Your Path pp. 1-3)
  • 5:00 Introduction to Pearson Archetypal Psychology pp. 6-7 
  • 6:00 Supper
  • 7:00-8:30 Overview of Hero/Heroine Journey-Music Journey – personal myths


  • Day 2 January 3, 2020 (2 15-min. breaks as needed)


  • 9:00 Myth and Archetypes pp. 4-5 (Jung & Archetypes) 
  • 10:30 EGO set and Music Journeys (Innocent to Caregiver) 
  • 12:30 Lunch and Break
  • 2:00 Creativity
  • 2:30 Music Program Expanded Awareness-
  • 3:30 Triad #1 and group processing
  • 5:30 Supper
  • 7:00-9:00   Mask-making 


  • Day 3 January 4, 2020 (2 15-min. breaks as needed)


  • 9:00 SOUL set and Music Journeys
  • 11:00 Guiding Archetypal GIM sessions
  • 12:30 Lunch and Break
  • 2:00 Creativity
  • 2:30  Physical Interventions review
  • 3:30 Triad #2 and group processing
  • 5:30 Supper
  • 7:00-9:00  Mask- making II


  • Day 4  January 5, 2020  (2 15-min. breaks as needed)


  • 9:00 SELF set and Music Journeys
  • 11:00 Magical Landscapes
  • 12:30 Lunch and Break
  • 2:00 Music Program - Inner Odyssey 
  • 3:00 Male Archetypes
  • 4:00 Female Archetypes
  • 5:00 Supper
  • 6:30 Mask Ritual Preparation 
  • 7:00-9:00 Mask Ritual III


  • Day 5 January 6,  2020 (1 15-minute break as needed)


  • 9:00 Mask Processing
  • 10:00 Triad #3 and group processing
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 1:00-3:00 Music and Imagery/Closure

Bonny Method Sessions

Bonny Method Sessions

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 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. 

  • Traditional sessions are approximately one-and-one-half to two hours in length. 
  • Adaptations of Bonny Method are practiced depending upon the therapeutic setting and the client's needs. These include: creating artwork to music, writing to music, collaborative group artwork or movement to music, short individual sessions, and continuous verbal directions by the  therapist while the music is playing. 
  • An introductory session with a trained Bonny Method practitioner will help to determine a client's suitability for Bonny Method work and will discern whether a classical or adapted Bonny Method approach is most recommended. 
  • The Bonny Method may not be appropriate for all persons. The introductory meeting is for the Bonny Method practitioner to determine whether this method is well-suited for the client. If the practitioner determines that the Bonny Method is not appropriate for the client, the practitioner will refer the client to other, more suitable therapists. 
  • The Bonny Method is not a form of verbal psychotherapy and should not be used as a substitute for verbal counseling.

Association for Music and Imagery (AMI)


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. 

Pre-Requisites for Training Levels

Level One

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:

Fees:  $595

5 days




Level Two

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:

Fee:  $975

7 days

Level Three

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. 


Level III Tuition:

Advanced Clinical:  $595, 51/2 days

Myth & Archetype:  $795, 5 1/2 days

Transpersonal:  $895, 6 1/2 days

Meet the Trainers

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 and Santiago Vilá

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Nicki Cohen

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 will be teaching GIM. Music and Imagery, and Circles of the Self courses in Korea, Hong Kong, and Singapore during the summer of 2020. Nicki published a book  entitled, Advanced Methods in Music Therapy Practice (2017) by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.


Nicki loves to sing, play her ukulele and accordion, listen to her finches fidget and  beep, drink tea, and laugh. Nicki is forever grateful to Helen Bonny, her mentor,  for how GIM has fully transformed her life.  

Santiago Vilá

Santiago Vilá

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." 


Contact Santiago at santidrum@gmail.com  or  www.takim.co


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The Students

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. 

Session Rates

Individual Bonny Method Sessions

$60 for demonstration session, limit of one.


$70-Bonny Method trainee session


$100-Bonny Method Personal Session for non-trainee



Group Session

$120 per group session with maximum of 6 members

Supervision

$100 per supervision

Consultation

$100 per consultation

Workshops

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 Music Therapy, the Bonny Method, Circles of the Self, or Music and Imagery. 

Nicki Cohen: Publications and Presentations

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.

2019-2020 Bonny Method Classes in Texas

Classes

The following Bonny Method of guided imagery and trainings will be offered:


•  Level I training. June 2020 @ Texas Woman’s University. Denton, TX. Date to be Announced.

• Level II training. September 6-8, 2019 and November 8-10, 2019. Denton, TX. 


• Level III:   Myth & Archetype.  January 2-6, 2020. Denton, TX.  


Cancellations made by students after the deadlines will result in a 50% refund. 

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