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  • Academic Title
    Graduate Diploma in Guided Imagery and Music
  • Course description
    The Graduate Diploma in Guided Imagery and Music is a fee-paying, two-year part time course, providing advanced level training in Guided Imagery and Music (GIM) therapy. The course is conducted through a series of eight 3-day intensive seminars (four seminars each year), allowing interstate students to be able to take the course.

    The course is designed for music therapy graduates and professional people from fields allied to music therapy, who have completed introductory and intermediate courses in Guided Imagery and Music or the Certificate in Guided Imagery and Music-Introductory Level. On completion of the course, graduates will be eligible to apply for Registration with the Music and Imagery Associate of Australia.

    The course is approved by the Association for Music and Imagery in the USA. Graduates are eligible to apply for recognition as Fellows of AMI. The course is also approved by the Music and Imagery Association in Australia. Graduates are eligible to apply for recognition as Registered GIM therapists.
    Objectives:    

    On completion of the Graduate Diploma in Guided Imagery and Music, students will:

        * understand and be able to identify, use and evaluate concepts and principles of the GIM method;
        * have the knowledge of GIM music programs and an understanding of the effect of those programs on the well-being of clients;
        * have developed skills to identify goals to be achieved through GIM therapy and to be able to evaluate its effectiveness in achieving those goals;
        * have developed an understanding of common conditions and/or disorders in clients presenting for GIM therapy;
        * have studied research methods appropriate to GIM therapy and have carried out appropriate research;
        * have an understanding of the ethical responsibilities inherent in GIM therapy, particularly in relation to private practice settings;
        * be committed to enhancing the well-being of all clients.

    Course Structure & Available Subjects:   
     

    The course structure over the 2 years requires:

        * 8 subjects, comprising didactic teaching, seminars, group discussion, group consultations and group experiential work (a total of 184 hours class time).
        * 100 client practice sessions (at the student's expense). 20 must be supervised by a Registered GIM practitioner.
        * 20 personal experiential sessions in GIM (at the students' expense). These sessions must be conducted by a Registered GIM practitioner.

    The course will be conducted through a series of 8 intensive seminars (4 each year), commencing Friday evening and concluding Monday evening, at periodic times throughout the year (February, June, September, November). In the intervening months between seminars, students will be involved in client practice sessions, in supervised sessions, in reading and written assignment work.

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