Therapeutic Arts Institute offers training in The Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music (GIM) and Focused Music Imagery (FMI) as music centered approaches to human growth and development within a framework of transpersonal, Jungian informed, and psychodynamic theoretical understanding and built on the foundation of the transformational power of music. Our training in The Bonny Method of GIM as developed and taught by Helen L. Bonny, PhD honors Dr. Bonny's vision of music and consciousness as opening to psychological, emotional, physical and spiritual aspects of individuals and the collective and is viewed as an inhererently psychospiritual approach. Focused Music Imagery (FMI) is taught as a modification of GIM that is suitable for a wide range of clinical applications and exponentially expands the the populations that can benefiit from music and Imagery. Ths mulitiple component training leads to eligibility to apply to the Association for Music and Imagery (AMI) for the status of Fellow of AMI (FAMI). Our training is in three phases:
1. GIM Level I: Introduction to the Bonny Method of GIM and Focused Music Imagery (FMI).
2. Professional Training in Focused Music Imagery (FMI), a Certificate Program. FMI is based on the premise that short contained music experiences are a powerful way to bring the benefits of music-evoked imagery to a broad range of individuals for personal growth, supportive and reeducative psychotherapy, wellness and spiritual enhancement. This certificate program consists of two seminars on FMI applications for individual and group therapy. FMI Training is prerequisite for the Advanced GIM Internship and may also be taken as a stand-alone training. (Formerly Level II.)
3. Advanced Training in the Bonny Method of GIM: The Internship. The Internship is a comprehensive 2 1/2 to 3 year program leading to eligibility for Fellow of the AMI. Major areas of learning are understanding the dynamics of the transformational power of music; developing guiding skills in various states of consciousness; understanding the therapeutic process; GIM and the transpersonal, myth and archetype and spirituality. (Formerly Level III.)
Faculty - Frances Smith Goldberg, MA, MT-BC, FAMI, LMFT/R, Founder, Director and Primary Trainer; Louise Dimiceli-Mitran, MA, LCPC, MT-BC, FAMI, Primary Trainer; Sherry Raley, PhD, MT-BC, FAMI, Assistant Trainer; Elaine Abbott, PhD, MT-BC, FAMI, Assistant trainer; Dawn Miller, MME, MT-BC, FAMI, Assistant Trainer; Supervisors, consultants and GIM & FMI therapists for trainees: Bobbi Wigle, MM, MT-BC, FAMI; Therese West, PhD, MT-BC, FAMI; Barbe Creagh, PhD, FAMI; Cecilia Herzfeld-Stern, MA, MT, LMFT, FAMI; Jennie Band, PhD, MT-BC, FAMI.