Advanced Methods of Music Therapy Practice: Analytical Music Therapy, The Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music, Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy, and Vocal Psychotherapy

Nicki S. Cohen (2017)

Analytical Music Therapy, The Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music, Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy, and Vocal Psychotherapy are commonly studied and in conjunction with music therapy. This book examines the development of these four advanced methods of music therapy practice in relation to each other, and explores their impact on the development of the music therapy profession.

Based on extensive new research and interviews with leading practitioners of the advanced methods, the book describes the differences, similarities, relationships, and trends between them, compares linearly the development of the music therapy profession primarily in the 20th century with the development of the four advanced methods, and speculates on the future of these advanced methods in relation to the future of music therapy as a profession.

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. 

Guided Imagery and Music - Konzepte Und Klinische Anwendungen (Zeitpunkt Musik) (German Edition)

Isabelle Frohne-Hagemann (2014)

Guided Imagery and Music (GIM) is a integrative and psychodynamic psychotherapy developed by Dr. Helen Bonny in den late sixties of the last century. GIM works with classical music also integrating spiritual and transpersonal dimensions. GIM is taught and implemented worldwide. In contrast to other receptive forms of music therapy where the verbal exchange of the music experience takes place after having listened to the music, the specificity of GIM is the continuing dialog between the therapist and the client while listening in an altered state of consciousness. During his "music journey" the client stays in the here and now and is alive to the importance of confronting his/her conflicts by conducting him/herself through the imagery with help of the music and the verbal interventions of the therapist (instead of reporting his/her experiences afterwards). This volume presents new developments in GIM and methods of music imagery in German speaking countries and invites to discuss them. The reader is encouraged to deal with different themes and controversial issues like f. ex. how GIM therapists with different therapeutic backgrounds (depth psychological, transpersonal, systemic, etc.) explain and treat psychological disorders with GIM; how can GIM support mentalization; which role does spirituality play as psychotherapy or in psychotherapy; or in general: which influence has the digital age on therapeutic values. The authors investigate when, for whom and why the Bonny Method of GIM or modified forms of GIM and music imagery are indicated. 14 chapters written by 14 authors concentrate on concepts, clinical applications and training.

Variations In Guided Imagery and Music: Taking a Closer Look

Bryan Muller (2012)

Originally conceived by Helen Bonny in the 1970’s, the practice of Guided Imagery and Music (GIM) has reached an important juncture. Developments in the field have precipitated the need to clarify boundaries between the Bonny Method, modifications to it, and music and imagery practices that fall outside the realm of GIM. This book covers the creation of the method, the literature on boundaries and modifications, and squares these with data from a comprehensive survey of GIM practitioners. Implications raised by variations in GIM that are discussed include: survey data that validate practice boundaries articulated in the literature, the need for clear and consistent use of terms, levels of practice and training in GIM, and the vast range of options that exist within Bonny’s original design. Recommendations for future research, training, and practice are also included.

Spiritual Dimensions of Guided Imagery and Music

Ginger Clarkson (2012)

As its creator Helen Bonny conceived it, Guided Imagery and Music (GIM) is both a powerful approach to music-centered psychotherapy and a way to explore the outer reaches of consciousness. This book explores those outer reaches, bringing spiritual experience directly into focus. Drawing on the author’s forty-five years of experience in music therapy and twenty-five years practicing GIM, this insightful work presents an array of themes related to the spiritual quest: the importance of detecting dangerous inflation in clients who are pursuing a spiritual path; the mystical insights of clients with autism; the integration of meditation and mindfulness in GIM practice; Gestalt dream work, subtle energy healing, and mandala analysis as methods for enhancing spiritual insights through GIM; the transformative potential of spiritual breakthroughs in GIM to heal grieving; the kundalini experiences of a dedicated meditator and GIM trainee; and the weaving of GIM into a Buddhist chaplaincy internship in hospice care. The chapters include case material illustrating these various paths to spirituality, and throughout the book, the author describes how her own consciousness has evolved in relation to GIM and its myriad spiritual dimensions.

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.

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. 

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. 

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