Curriculum of Professional GIM Trainings

The Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music(GIM) offers career training for professionals in a variety of counseling professions, human services and related fields. GIM is an innovative therapy, which explores consciousness through the lens of music, the “medicine of the future”. The training curriculum spans three sequential levels of training, each one building upon the other. At the successful completion of Level III the graduate becomes a certified Fellow of the Association for Music and Imagery and is qualified to practice GIM as a specialist in a variety of settings.

All levels of training are didactic, experiential and interactive. The courses utilize multisensory and direct experience in dyads and groups. The full training may take at least two years, which includes practicum and supervision requirements.

The trainings are bilingual, international and are offered in residential and/or university settings.


Our professional training is endorsed through the Association of Music and Imagery (AMI). Graduates are awarded the designation of Fellow of the Association of Music and Imagery*, or F.A.M.I.

Professional CEU credits are available through the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC), which may have reciprocity with other professions. A certificate of completion of contact hours is also provided to be used for professional development credentials.

* Graduates must also have certification to practice as a therapist in their native countries.

Training Curriculum

Level I: Foundational Concepts of Bonny Method of GIM

Recommended Pre-requisites: An individual GIM session and/or introductory workshop (see link to faculty and programs for more information).

Level I is a 36 hour intensive residential training. It is the foundation for the entire training program and can be taken either for personal or professional development.

Content includes:

- Historical, theoretical and philosophical perspectives- Roles of the guide and traveler- Introduction to early guiding techniques- Level I music programs- How music functions as co-therapist- Imagery processes and non-ordinary states- Applications of GIM - Ethics

Level II: Core Development of Skills

Acceptance by application and other pre-requisites, including readings, sessions, and music project.

Level II is a 56 hour intensive residential training with an emphasis on the development of guiding skills and the professional use of GIM music programs. This level is considered a cornerstone in the development of becoming a skilled guide. There are opportunities for in depth personal exploration, and group processing sessions.

Content includes:

- The art and skill of guiding interventions
- Set up of a session and defining an intention for the journey
- Assessing the traveler ‘s style of connecting with inner states
- Introduction to physical interventions
- Levels of imagery experiences
- Working with expanded mind states
- Advanced music programs and how to develop proficiency in working with the
   psychodynamic influence of music as the co-therapist
- Post-session processing of the session
- Application to a group format
- Ethics of working in non-ordinary states

An overview of Level III requirements is reviewed at the conclusion of Level II outlining the content, topics, and requirements for completion. An application for Level III is required prior to acceptance. For more information, please contact us.

Level III: Advanced Clinical Training in BMGIM

Application and session pre-requisites are required for acceptance into Level III. Level III prepares the student for a professional and clinical practice of GIM as a therapeutic specialty. Students will attend six residential modules spanning a period of two years. In addition, personal sessions, practice sessions, supervision, readings, music program analysis and a final project is required. Each student will be assigned a trainer/mentor who will advise and give ongoing support throughout the program. Level III may be considered an advanced practicum with each module building upon the other in the learning sequence culminating in a readiness to professionally practice GIM in the clinical setting with individuals and groups. Module I Advanced Clinical Practice