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Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for Qualified GIM Therapists

Training in the Continuum Model for GIM Fellows:

Supportive MI and GIM

with Lisa Summer



Dates: 19th to 23rd August 2019 (10am – 5:30pm each day)


Venue: Psychosynthesis Trust, 92-94 Tooley Street, London Bridge, London SE1 2TH. 


Cost: £675. A few places at £550 are available for those permanently resident in countries with a GDP per capita below €20,000, e.g. Bulgaria, Croatia and Greece. Places will be strictly limited so early booking is strongly recommended. 


Bookings: Please fill in the application form and return to:


Venue: Psychosynthesis Trust, 92-94 Tooley Street, London Bridge, London SE1 2TH. 


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The Continuum Model began with adaptations made to GIM sessions in response to client needs. This client-centered strategy evolved into a systematic MI/GIM clinical practice, and was integrated into GIM training at the Bonny Foundation by Lisa Summer, Helen Bonny and Fran Goldberg. With its roots in Helen Bonny’s music-centred principles, the current training is now organized into levels of psychotherapy: supportive, re-educative, and reconstructive. The designation, MIT (Music & Imagery Therapist) is earned after the second, re-educative level of training. 


This newly designed training in supportive MI and GIM has been developed for GIM Fellows, who from a Continuum Model perspective are already practitioners of reconstructive GIM (The Bonny Method). The first introductory day will be followed by a 4-day training seminar. Following this supervised client work will need to be undertaken to complete the training. Those who complete satisfactorily will receive a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) certificate and be eligible to undertake the re-educative level training in MI and GIM. It should be noted that the training is not suitable for those still completing their original GIM training.



Day 1: Introduction to the Continuum Model


This pre-requisite to the training is an introduction to the systematic thinking behind the Continuum Model of GIM and its theory and roots in Helen Bonny’s music-centred principles.


Days 2-5: Supportive MI and GIM Training Seminar


This is a clinical training in the first level of Continuum Model practice: Supportive MI and GIM. Through theory, case examples, and dyad exercises trainees will learn to facilitate each element of a session:

  • Prelude: Guiding the client to a supportive resource for inner exploration

  • Transition: Choosing music to create a multi-sensory image of the resource

  • Music experience: Deciding whether to use MI or GIM

  • Postlude: Deepening the client’s resource for use as daily self-care




Preparatory phase

Practice personal MI and create a supportive music pool.


Supervision phase

Trainees will be supported to integrate Supportive MI and GIM into their existing GIM client work (with at least 1 client). 10 hours of small group supervision will be provided via video conferencing. The total supervision cost will be £250.



Teaching Faculty


Primary Trainer


Lisa summer, PhD, LMHC, MT-BC, FAMI. Lisa worked closely with Helen Bonny and edited Bonny’s collected works (Music and Consciousness) for Barcelona Publishers. She is Professor/Director of Music Therapy at Anna Maria College, Director of the Institute for Music and Consciousness and she conducts music & imagery seminars and trainings throughout the world including ongoing trainings in Seoul and Beijing.


Assistant Trainers and Supervisors


Erin Montgomery, MEd, MTA, RCT, FAMI. Erin completed her GIM training with Dr. Lisa Summer through the Institute for Music and Consciousness. She is a music and counselling therapist as well as Clinical Traumatologist who specializes in working with those with PTSD and complex trauma in private practice in Halifax, Canada. She has presented nationally and internationally on music & imagery for complex trauma.


Sumi Paik-Maier, PhD, MA, FAMI. Sumi completed her GIM training with Madeleine Ventre at the Creative Arts Therapies Institute. Sumi is a Music and Imagery Trainer, Supervisor and Co-Director of the Integrative GIM Training Programme. She was for 10 years Co-Director of the GIM training at Ewha Womans University (South Korea) and maintains a music therapy private practice in London. She has been teaching and supervising with Lisa Summer since 2005.


Suzannah Scott-Moncrieff, MA, LCAT, MT-BC, FAMI. Suzannah  completed her GIM training with Dr. Lisa Summer through the Institute for Music and Consciousness. She is a licensed creative arts therapist who had a private psychotherapy practice in New York City. Suzannah was adjunct faculty at New York University and has presented nationally and internationally about music therapy and music and imagery methods.




  • Paik-Maier, S. (2017). An exploratory study of the processes of Supportive Music and Imagery therapy conducted in South Korea. PhD Dissertation, Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust and University of East London. Available from:

  • Paik-Maier, S. (2013) 'Music and imagery self-experience in the clinical supervision of trainees in guided imagery and music', in Bruscia, K.E. (ed.) Self-experiences in music therapy education, training, and supervision [e-book]. Gilsum, NH: Barcelona Publishers. Available at:; E-ISBN : 9781937440435.

  • Paik-Maier, S. (2010) 'Supportive music and imagery method', Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy, 10(3) [online]. Available at:

  • Paik-Maier, S. (2011) 'Working on counter transference and other personal issues through self-reflective process', Bonny method resources AMI Spring 2011 Newsletter, Vol. 24, No. 1. Parma, OH: Association for Music and Imagery.

  • Story, M. (2018). GIM with Military Women with Trauma: A Continuum Approach to Music and Healing. PhD Dissertation, Aalborg University, Denmark. Available from:

  • Summer, L. (2011) 'Music therapy and depression: uncovering resources in music and imagery', in Meadows, A. (ed.) Developments in music therapy practice: case study perspectives. Gilsum, NH: Barcelona Publishers, pp.486-500.

  • Summer, L. (2015) 'The journey of guided imagery and music (GIM) training from self-exploration to a continuum of clinical practice', in Grocke, D.E. and Moe, T. (eds.) Guided imagery and music: a spectrum of approaches. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.


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