Training Programme Calendar 2020


Due to the Covid-19 epidemic no new trainings are currently scheduled.

New courses will be added to the training calendar once these have been arranged.


New: COVID-19 GIM Self-Help Resource:

a relaxation and healing oriented experience intended for those with mild to moderate symptoms of COVID-19

Training Programme Calendar 2020

Music and Imagery (MI) Training


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


Dates: 29th August - 1st September 2019, 10am - 6pm (Thursday to Saturday), 10am – 4pm (Sunday)

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

Course costs: Early Bird £400 (before 30th June). Thereafter £450. Early bird £320 for attendees with a permanent residence in countries with a GDP per capita below €20,000, e.g. Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Poland, Portugal, South Africa. 


Supervision fee: £450 (£360 for those from poorer countries as above).

Application form


MI Trainers: Sumi Paik-Maier & Suzannah Scott-Moncrieff


Supportive Music and Imagery (SMI) is a music-centered method used to help individuals deepen connection to their inner strengths and resources,
and improve general wellness. SMI is used with individuals and groups across ages and abilities. It 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 with 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 4-day course will cover theory and practical application through didactic and experiential learning and is followed by a period of supervised personal and client work (the practicum) before a certificate to practice as awarded. The training will help you develop your clinical verbal skills, deepen your personal relationship to music, incorporate receptive techniques into your clinical practice, and give you confidence to work with short-term clients and individuals with trauma.

Dr. Sumi Paik-Maier, Europe’s leading SMI specialist, trainer, supervisor and researcher, will deliver the course.  Dr. Paik-Maier taught SMI for 12 years alongside Dr. Lisa Summer, one of the world’s most respected GIM therapists who originally developed SMI and RMI. There is a growing body of research in SMI, and Dr. Paik-Maier is the first to have completed PhD research specifically in the method. She will be assisted by Suzannah Scott-Moncrieff, another experienced practitioner and supervisor who trained with and has assisted Dr. Summer’s trainings in the USA and China.

Prerequisites for training


The certificate course in SMI is open to those qualified in music therapy, counselling, psychotherapy or similar, who have a minimum of 2 years post-qualification experience and are registered with a professional therapy organisation or regulating body.

The course represents the first stage of training in MI and GIM on the Integrative GIM Training Programme. It is also open to Level 3 GIM trainees from other training programmes (subject to their Primary Trainer's approval) and GIM Fellows wishing to train in this MI method.


Practicum requirements


Develop and categorise a pool of SMI music.

Give and receive 6 SMI sessions with a training colleague.

Deliver SMI to 2 clients, 6 sessions each.

Intensive individual/small group supervision (via video conferencing).

Complete required reading.

Complete case summaries and a self-reflective learning report.

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

Completion of training


Those who satisfactorily complete the practicum requirements will be awarded a Certificate in SMI and be entitled to practice the method independently. They will also be eligible to undertake the training in Re-educative Music and Imagery (RMI) as offered by the Integrative GIM Training Programme.


Article about SMI

Level 2: Diploma in Supportive and Re-educative Music & Imagery (MI)


Dates: Late August 2020


Venue: London


MI Trainers: Sumi Paik-Maier & Suzannah Scott-Moncrieff



Details of further MI and GIM trainings to be announced

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for Qualified GIM Therapists and Trainees

Full details of CPD opportunities for qualified GIM Therapists and Trainees are set out on a different page:

Training in the Continuum Model for GIM Fellows: Supportive MI and GIM

A 5-day training seminar with Lisa Summer, 19-23 August 2019, London

Music Breathing

A 2-day seminar for GIM Fellows and Trainees with Dag Korlin, 26-27 October 2019, London.


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