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Call for Applications: PhD scholarship: singing and mental health

The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick is delighted to announce an opportunity for a well-motivated and capable graduate to undertake a PhD in the Music Therapy Department under the supervision of Dr Hilary Moss. This research is in the field of singing, mental health & health promotion and builds on the work of Dr Moss in this area.


In 2016 – 17 Hilary Moss carried out the largest international study of the perception of choristers of the health and well-being benefits of singing in a choir. The results were launched in September 2017. Interest from the HSE Health Promotion Department has led to development of a research project researching the health and well-being benefits of HSE staff workplace choirs at 8 centres across Ireland. This study will be carried out from Feb- Oct 2018 alongside the development of PhD research in this area. Other areas of interest connected to this research are singing and dementia, singing for health in community contexts, acute psychiatry settings and social integration.


The scholarship will cover PhD research fees for 1 year dependent on the successful applicant being accepted for a PhD by the Postgraduate Research Committee of the University of Limerick.

The candidate is expected to:

a) Administer the study within the HSE Health Promotion directorate in 2018

b) Write a PhD proposal and begin work on same in the area of singing and mental health
c) Apply for funding to continue the research (Irish Research Council application Nov 2018 amongst other potential sources)
d) Participate in research activities of the Music Therapy department at the Irish World Academy

It is envisaged that the candidate will start as soon as possible (ideally late Feb/early March 2018) and enrol for a PhD to be completed in 3 years. At present funding only exists for year 1 of the PhD. Additional funding will be sought but there is no guarantee of this.

Candidate Requirements


• Arts and health or arts therapies research and practice experience

• Academic qualifications appropriate for entry to doctoral level research.
• Excellent interpersonal skills
• Ability to meet deadlines, self-motivate and work with multiple stakeholders

• Experience working with choirs and/or in health service organisations
• Experience in the conduct of research studies


Candidates interested in this position should email:

1. A brief proposal for their PhD research project on singing and mental health (2 – 3 pages A4). This should include the headings: Description of the research topic; Methodology; Relationship of the project to existing research; Selected references. 

2. A personal statement, detailing their qualifications, experience and any other material relevant to the application (Max 2 x A4 pages)

This must be emailed to Hilary.moss@ul.ie by February 10th 2018 @ 5pm.

Informal enquiries may be directed to Dr Hilary Moss, Senior Lecturer, Irish World Academy of Music and Dance. Hilary.moss@ul.ie (from 8th January 2018)

Guided Imagery and Music (GIM) training in London

Are you a music therapist looking to develop the scope of your practice? If so, training in Guided Imagery and Music (GIM) may be a good option.

The London based Integrative GIM Training Programme offers training at 4 levels, and covers the full contemporary spectrum of Music and Imagery (MI) and GIM methods. This gives you different options. Following the 3-day foundation course, you can either elect simply to complete one or both of the short MI trainings offered (Levels 2 and 3), which are qualifications in themselves, or continue with the full GIM training (Level 4).
MI methods are the simplest in GIM, with potential application in a wide range of music therapy settings. At Levels 2 and 3, short-term goal-oriented MI methods are taught, where the clients draw whilst listening to recorded music to develop their inner resources or work on issues.

GIM methods involve client’s imaging whilst listening to music in a relaxed state, with the therapist providing non-directive verbal support. The Bonny Method of GIM is taught at Level 4 on the course, along with other GIM and MI methods.

The training programme is delivered by two experienced GIM trainers from the UK (Martin Lawes and Dr Sumi Paik-Maier), along with a number of experienced international guest trainers (currently Professor Gro Trondalen, Norway; Professor Lisa Summer, USA; Dr Torben Moe, Denmark; Marilyn Clark, USA; and Dr Dag Korlin, Sweden).

The next Level I foundation course will take place from May 31st to June 2nd 2018 at Eastbourne House Arts, Bethnal Green, London, E2 OPT. For further information email martinlawesmt@gmail.com or visit www.integrativeGIM.org
Endorsed by the Association for Music and Imagery (AMI)

Supervision Training for Music Therapists 

Module code: USPKJD-30-M

Applications are encouraged for this CPD module which runs from September 2017 to May 2018.

  • Candidates must provide 12 + hours of clinical supervision during the training
  • Although the training is for qualified MTs, supervisees may be MT trainees, practising music therapists and/or other practitioners
  • Attendance involves a 3 day induction 12th-14th September 2017 and monthly training days on the last Friday of the month
  • Course days run from 10am to 4pm
  • Course includes supervision groups, experiential sessions, seminars and discussions on reading material
  • Supervisors and trainers have 20+ years of MT supervision experience each
  • Different theoretical approaches are accommodated: the main focus is on the development of supervision proficiencies and the creative use of music within supervision processes
  • Use of technology such as supervision by skype is explored
  • Application is online via UWE website professional courses (use A-Z guide)
  • For queries including content of course, fees, dates and how to apply please email has.cpd@uwe.ac.uk quoting the course name and module code (see above)
  • For discussion about the course please contact Catherine.Warner@uwe.ac.uk

This module may form 30 credits towards a top-up MA in Therapeutic Music Studies for music therapists qualified with a postgraduate diploma.

A wide variety of other modules are available to complete the 60 credits required for a full MA top-up including modules on leadership, management, research methods, Guided Imagery in Music , Therapeutic Songwriting and Evidenced Work-based Learning (essentially a work-based project or reflection). These credits may be completed over a 2 year period.

The training may also be taken on a ‘classroom only’ basis, which means that a lower fee is paid, the trainee does not complete formal assessments, and therefore does not gain credit. However, they have access to all training sessions, training materials and participate in the supervision group.


Level I-Introductory (3-day intensive seminar)
November 4- 6, 2017 (Saturday to Monday 10.00 to 18.00pm)
Venue: Ocean Arts Cardiff, Unit 2 East Moors Business Park, East Moors Rd, Cardiff, Wales Tel: 07792275431

Guided Imagery & Music (GIM or the Bonny Method) is a receptive form of music-assisted psychotherapy. It is an innovative, integrative tool that can be used alongside many therapeutic approaches with scientific evidence for effectiveness in a growing variety of clinical fields.

This 3-day introductory seminar and workshop introduces mental health professionals to the basic theory and practice of GIM. (A full training in the method will be offered early in 2018 for those who wish to continue). The training focuses on the traditional GIM method but also incorporates modifications and adapted shorter forms of Music and Imagery (MI) appropriate for work in various fields such as psychological trauma, oncology, palliative care, perinatal psychology, addictions, team-building. 

The 24 introductory seminar hours count towards the total number of training hours in GIM.
Professional training courses offered by IMAGEing are accredited by the international Association for Music and Imagery (AMI). Graduates of the full training will be eligible to apply for registration as Fellows of AMI and approved therapists of the method.

Additional information
• Musical knowledge/training is not a prerequisite but an affinity to music is desirable
• Participants are limited to a small group
• International applications are welcome

Early registration discount: £310 (payments until 25th September 2017)
Normal registration fee: £350
Applications accepted until 15th October 2017 (Registrations after this date only upon request)

For requests, registration details, and payment procedure please contact gimtherapy@gmail.com 
For further programme details please visit the website: www.gimtherapy.eu

Trainer of the Level I (Introductory) seminar: Evangelia Papanikolaou, Music Therapist/Psychotherapist and Supervisor, GIM Therapist and Trainer. PhD student (Aalborg University, Denmark), Adjunct Professor (American Hellenic University, Greece), Educational Committee Member of the European Association for Music & Imagery
Scientific Director: Dag Körlin, MD, PhD, FAMI, Psychiatrist, Certified Psychotherapist

Vocal Psychotherapy Training Course, UK 2018 - 2020

This is a two year advanced training course, available to qualified music therapists, which will result in a certificate in Vocal Psychotherapy from the  Music Psychotherapy Center in New York.  
The course consists of two six day residential courses each year in the UK, plus online seminars, and 1:1 supervision with Diane Austin. 

Please see Vocal Psychotherapy flyer for more information.

New music therapy supervision training - A Couple Of Places Still Available 

The University of the West of England have last-minute places on the Supervision Training Course which begins on 13th September 2016. Please see attached flyer(on the right) for details of the dates and links to the enrolment and fee information. This course is worth 30 credits and can be taken as a stand-alone module or can contribute to the MA Therapeutic Music Studies which may be attractive to those with a PGDip. in Music Therapy.


An MA top-up involves 60 credits in all. Available now is a new 30 credit research module, Researching Beneath the Surface which is delivered from January 2017 in two 3-day blocks and complements the supervision training (see other flyer). These two modules would be sufficient to achieve the MA Therapeutic Music Studies. Alternatively, as previously advertised, it is possible to combine three modules: Supervision Training for Music Therapists, Introduction to Guided Imagery using Music (15 credits) and Therapeutic Songwriting (15 credits) for a progression to MA, and all are achievable within 10 months of study for working therapists, or could be spread over two years.


Any inquiries to Cathy Warner at