Music and Consciousness: The Evolution of Guided Imagery and Music

Helen L. Bonny (Author), Lisa Summer (Editor) (2002)

A comprehensive anthology of the published and unpublished writings and speeches of Helen Lindquist Bonny. Included in the 22 chapters are: an autobiographical essay, early articles on Bonny’s work at the Maryland Psychiatric Center and the founding of the Institute for Consciousness and Music, Bonny’s three monographs on GIM, a sequence of articles showing the evolution of GIM, an extensive unpublished case study from Bonny’s dissertation, and Bonny’s more recent writings on the analysis of music programs, and music and spirituality. The entire volume was edited by Lisa Summer, who introduces the book, and then contextualizes each chapter so that the reader understands where each work fits within Bonny’s productive professional life. 

Guided Imagery and Music: The Bonny Method and Beyond

Kenneth Bruscia and Denise Grocke (2002)

A comprehensive textbook detailing theory, practice, and research on Bonny’s Method of Guided Imagery and Music, and the many variations that have evolved since its inception. Part One provides an overview of Bonny’s method, and provides boundaries for comparing her method with related practices in music therapy and in other forms of psychotherapy employing imagery. Detailed information is also provided about her music programs. Part Two describes the many applications of GIM with children, adolescents, medical conditions, and psychological problems. Part Three explains how GIM can be practiced within various orientations, including Jungian, psychodynamic, Gestalt, and transpersonal theories. Part Four covers advancements to Bonny’s method, including an approach to client assessment, a new method of group work, new music programs, and various methods of analyzing music programs. Part Five deals with theory and research on GIM. Four new theories are presented, and the qualitative and quantitative research literatures on GIM are surveyed. Part Six deals with ethics, training, supervision, and international advances in GIM. The Appendix provides the professional code of ethics for GIM, the play list for Music for the Imagination, and listings of all music programs developed by Bonny’s followers. 

Guided Imagery & Music (GIM) and Music Imagery Methods for Individual and Group Therapy

Edited by Denise Grocke and Torben Moe (2015)

This is the first book to systematically describe the range of approaches used in music imagery and Guided Imagery and Music across the lifespan, from young children through to palliative care with older people.
Covering a broad spectrum of client populations and settings, international contributors present various adaptations of the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery to accommodate factors such as time restraints, context (including hospitals, schools, and the wider community), client symptomology, and the increasing use of more contemporary music. Each chapter presents a different model and includes background information on the client group, the type of approach, elements of approach (including length of the session, choice of music, verbal interventions during the music, and discussion of the experience), and theoretical orientation and intention. A nomenclature for the range of approaches is also included. This information will be a valued guide for both practitioners and students of Guided Imagery and Music and receptive methods of music therapy. 

Music listening, Imagery and Creativity in Psychiatry:Guided Imagery and Music (GIM) and Creative Arts Therapies (CATs) in Stress Disorders

Dag Korlin (2010)

The Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music (BMGIM) together with it ́s adaptations (GIM), deal in symbolic imagery evoked through music listening. GIM belongs to a group of Creative Arts Therapies (CATs) which are distinct from the psychodynamic and the cognitive oriented therapies. CATs deal with symbolic, multidimensional imagery, manifesting not only the psychodynamics of the client but also the client's mythological and archetypal make-up as well as transpersonal experiences. The book builds on clinical experience and outcome data from a base of more than 400 psychiatric patients with post traumatic and other stress disorders. The first chapter is a PhD thesis, "Creative Arts Therapies in Psychiatry", evaluating "Spektrum", a multimodal group program within general psychiatry. The thesis contains a separate article, "Traumatic Imagery in BMGIM", about music choice for PTSD treatment. The chapter on "Music Breathing" describes an integration of music listening with meditative breathing for Complex PTSD and dissociative disorders. The book is of interest for GIM and Music therapists as well as other Arts therapists.

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