Level 1: Certificate in Supportive Music and Imagery (SMI)


General information about the Music and Imagery (MI) methods taught on the course can be found on a separate page.


Training is provided in Supportive Music and Imagery (SMI) as a resource-oriented, brief form of music psychotherapy (6 sessions). The training is open to those who meet the entry criteria.


In SMI, is intended to help clients focus on and develop a deeper connection to their inner strengths and resources. The method is suitable for use with a variety of populations, across age groups and in group settings. SMI can be helpful for depression and anxiety, relationship difficulties, school or work related stress, bereavement and many other issues. Current research shows the method’s effectiveness for persons with PTSD and as a method of self-care for therapists. 


•   the therapist invites a specific and conscious focus on a positive internal feeling or image;
•   breathing awareness reduces tension and improves internal focus;
•   music is collaboratively chosen by the therapist and the participant to “hold” them in a chosen focus;
•   active drawing to the music deepens connection to the inner resource.

Each element of a session is contained and collaborative, making it particularly safe to employ with vulnerable clients.

The initial 3-day training has a strong emphasis on experiential learning. All aspects of delivering SMI are covered in both theory and practice. Following the 3-day training seminar is a period of supervised personal and client work (the practicum). A consolidation day completes the training.



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  • Give and receive 6 SMI sessions with a training colleague. Consultation supervision.

  • Give 2 series of 6 supervised SMI client sessions

  • Complete required reading

  • Complete case summaries and a self-reflective learning and supervision report

  • Develop and categorise a pool of SMI music

  • Present and discuss your SMI case work (final presentation) with your trainers and training cohort via video conferencing. 


Those who satisfactorily complete the course and its requirements will be qualified to practice SMI and receive a Certificate in Supportive Music and Imagery. Trainees will not, however, be qualified to practice Re-educative MI, The Bonny Method of GIM, or other forms of GIM. This requires the completion of further training. 


The Requirements set out above are subject to change and confirmation as new European GIM Training Standards are developed and come into force.

Trainees are responsible for paying the fees for supervision.



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