Music and Imagery Association of Australia

Online mini conference event 2022

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Date and time

Sun., 13 November 2022, 10:00 am – 2:30 pm AEDT

International speaker, Joel Kroeker, presenting on

‘Jungian Music Psychotherapy: An approach to individuation through musical processes.’ Music is everywhere in our lives, both waking and sleeping, inside and out. But much of our musical ecosystem remains unheard in a state of non-representation. Drawing on Jungian, post-Jungian and contemporary psychoanalytic perspectives this seminar will explore the place of the acoustic imaginal within our psychic ecology and within our current fractured world of splitting and polarization. The perception of sound triggers psychic contents and music mediates between our internal and external experience of consciousness through its affective impact on our symbolic imagination. Like a sound engineer, who can stop Time toward differentiation and integration, we will deeply listen together to the soundscape metabolization process of our auditory digestive system toward the fundamental psychoanalytic goal of hearing what cannot yet be seen. By distilling music into its basic archetypal elements, an approach is illustrated for working with musical symbols within analysis, referred to as Archetypal Music Psychotherapy. Through locating the role that acoustic images, both imaginal and material, play in our affective and archetypal engagement with our world, we will explore the contribution that musical processes offer to the wholeness and teleology of the individuation process intrapersonally, relationally and collectively. Joel Kroeker is a Swiss-trained Jungian psychoanalyst, authorized clinical supervisor and a music-centred psychotherapist. He is on faculty as an instructor at the CG Jung Institute Zürich and the Centre for Applied Jungian Studies. He is the founding international workshop facilitator of Archetypal Music Psychotherapy (AMP) and an international recording and touring artist. Joel divides his time between his clinical practice and teaching Jungian-oriented courses across Brazil, Europe and North America. His new book, “Jungian Music Psychotherapy: When Psyche Sings (Routledge, 2019)” is a finalist for the IAJS (International Association for Jungian Studies) book award.

Registered Music Therapist and Registered Guided Imagery Music Therapy, Minky van der Walt will also be leading a workshop on:

‘Emerging from disconnection: weaving the thread of embodied connection through the continuum of music and imagery to Guided Imagery and Music.’ The body is our home. But what happens when we become disconnected from this home? Unable to know it? Unable to feel it? Unable to feel safe? Ongoing experiences of feeling trapped, abandoned and terrified can leave us in states of dissociation and active freeze. These are survival responses to danger, that take us out of our bodies in order to protect us from emotional and physical pain and suffering (Levine, 2010). It is well established that physiological safety is an important first step in working with trauma survivors (Siegel, 2012). Within the area of music and imagery (MI) and Guided Imagery and Music (GIM), the continuum model of Guided Imagery and Music (GIM) offers a safe, stepped framework for scaffolding clients who may need extra support as they explore adapted MI experiences (Scott- Moncrieff, 2019). However, there is little evidence that incorporates embodied processes in MI / GIM. This experiential workshop will explore embodied supports within the continuum model and GIM. Through case material, discussion and practical exercises, participants will be invited to explore a range of embodied practices in order to expand supports for travellers. Supportive music and imagery approaches, including a range of somatic resources, will describe a safe pathway from disconnection through to a sense of embodied connection and safety along the continuum to the full Bonny Method of GIM Minky van der Walt is an RMT and RGMIT with expertise in chronic stress and post-traumatic mental health. Minky has over 20 years of experience in medical, education and community settings, and is passionate about supporting the wellbeing of health and education professionals so they can keep doing the work they love without burning out.