Taught by Nicki Cohen & Santiago Vilá
Circles of the Self (virtual) October 28-29 & November 4-5, 2023
Advanced Clinical Module (virtual) April 5-7 & April 12-14, 2024
Foundations of GIM (virtual) April 26-28 & May 3-5, 2024
Supportive Music and Imagery (virtual) June 1, 2024 (5-hour)
Foundations of GIM (virtual) July 19-21 & July 26-28, 2024
Beginning Clinical Specialization (virtual) October 18-20, 25-27, & Nov. 1-3, 2024
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 period will incur the full cost of registration,
To take the Level I, Foundations of GIM course, the student must have earned a bachelor's degree, have clinical experience in a health care field, and have received at least one personal GIM session. To take the Level II , Basic Clinical Specialization 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, Advanced Clinical Specialization, training all of the Level II requirements must be completed, including the Basic Clinical Specialization 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 at least 15 calendar days in advance of the scheduled course date due to insufficient enrollment. 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 Centre in Texas, Dr. Nicki Cohen has been a music therapist since 1978, an AMI Fellow since 2001, and an AMI trainer since 2015. Nicki also teaches Circles of the Self, Supportive Music and Imagery, and The Soul's Song courses, She has offered GIM classes in Denton and Dallas, TX; Zipacón, Colombia; and virtually to students in Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, and Hong Kong. Cohen taught music therapy at Texas Woman's University for 28 years and is now Emeritus Professor. She enjoys singing while playing her accordion and ukulele, listening to her finches hop around and beep, drinking tea, cuddling with her cats, and driving her assorted motor vehicles. Music has always been essential in Nicki's life, and brings unsurpassed 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 Foundations of GIM (Level I) training is taught as a 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 hours during a five day/four night format. Registration = $750. The course will be taught virtually. The course deadline is 15 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
• Has at least one year of clinical practice as a therapist
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.
SAT, 9:00 am-7:00 pm
SUN, 9:00 am-7:00 pm
FR, 6:00-9:00 pm
SAT, 9:00 am-7:00 pm
SUN., 9:00 am-7:00 pm
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 Cut Log Diagram
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
1:15-3:00 Music and Imagery
The Level II Bonny Method course, as designed by the Atlantis Institute for Consciousness and Music, but the date of the next Level II course is still being determined. The cost of this 50-hour course is $1150. 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 hours during a six day virtual format. Registration = $1150. Students who cancel after the 15-day 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-Searching with Music Worksheets
1:30-Music and Imagery
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
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
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
Earn 42 hours during a five day hybrid format. Advanced Clinical Module Registration = $850. Students who cancel after the 15-day 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)
Sample Schedule (45 Hours)
DAY ONE (6-9)
6:00 Course description, objectives, schedule
7:00 Core Concepts of Transpersonal
Day Two (9-9)
9:00 Core Concepts of Transpersonal (cont'd)
10:30 Discussion of Group Supervisions, Post-Session Processing
12:15 Owning your own Shadow
1:00 Music program-Paradox-
2:00 Lunch and Rest
4:00 Peer Group Supervision #1
7:00 Music and the Psyche, The Healing Touch of Music, Part I
Day Three (9-9)
9:00 Transpersonal States, the Transpersonal and GIM
10:30 Peer Group Supervision #2
12:15 Music and the Transpersonal
1:00. Music Program-Peak
2:00 Lunch and Rest
4:00 Addiction, Music Program-Low Program
7:00 Name That Tune, The Healing Touch of Music, Part II
Day Four (9-9)
9:00 Guiding the Transpersonal, GIM and Individuation
10:30 Peer Group supervision #3
12:15 Transpersonal Transcript-
Music Program-Positive Affect
2:00 Lunch and Rest
4:00 Case Study Presentation
6:30 Betrayal and Forgiveness, Ceremony of Forgiveness
Day Five (9-4)
9:00 Music Interventions and the Transpersonal
9:45. Physical Interventions for Transpersonal
10:30 Peer Group supervision #4
1:00 Music and Imagery-Closure
Evaluation, Meeting with Mentors
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 complete 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 100 client sessions, receive 20 personal sessions, receive 20 supervisions, read 15 books and write reports, complete two 10-session case studies and present one at a Level III trainings, and analyze in writing 19 GIM music programs.
Level III Tuition:
Advanced Clinical: Cost $850. Earn 36 hours.
Myth & Archetype: Cost $850. Earn 42 hours.
Transpersonal: Cost $850. Earn 42. hours.
Cohen, N. (2021). The Soul's Song. Singapore Palliative Care Conference, Virtual Format.
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.
$65 for demonstration session,
limit of one
$70-Bonny Method trainee session
$70-Bonny Method trainee supervision
$100-Bonny Method personal session for non-trainee
$100-Bonny Method supervision/consultation for non-trainee
$100-Supportive Music and Imagery consultation
$180 per group session
The amount will be based on number of days and topic taught. Contact Dr. Nicki Cohen using the form below if you are interested in a workshop on the Bonny Method, Circles of the Self, the Soul's Song, Supportive Music and Imagery, or another GIM-related topic.
• To register for courses, please send a message to Dr. Nicki Cohen on this form identifying the course(s) or services in which you are interested.
• Also leave your contact information and comments or questions. Nicki Cohen will respond back to you within 48 hours.
• Payment for GIM training or services should be sent to Dr. Nicki Cohen via check, Paypal, or Zelle (use email for PayPal or Zelle "firstname.lastname@example.org")
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