Group Sound Therapy Training
Distance Learning Option

Professional Diploma

Group Sound Therapy Training (Professional Diploma) - Distance Learning Option

This course looks at how to give a wide range of active and passive sound and drum therapy sessions. During the course we will be working with Himalayan Singing Bowls, Crystal Bowls, Gong, Drum and Therapeutic Percussion as well as the 5Rs process to help with deeper self-reflection and mindfulness.

You will learn to facilitate a range of different passive and participative group sound therapy sessions. It not only includes the increasingly popular soundbaths and gongbaths but also covers drum journeys (the ancient roots of many 21st century sound therapy methods) and the dynamic ‘Rhythm of Life’ sessions – where we use rhythm, movement and mindfulness to bring balance and harmony. Learn to help others to reframe life-limiting beliefs, fears, phobias and trauma and develop life-affirming strategies with narrative soundscapes

The Group Sound Therapy course is our most popular course. It appeals to teachers, health-workers, occupational therapists, holistic health therapists and anyone wanting to use therapeutic sound in a group. It is packed full of techniques to enable you to build an exciting and diverse portfolio of group sound work sessions.

A blended learning option with an in-person module is also available for this course.

  • No previous experience needed

  • Easy to use online learning platform

  • Case study 'test' sessions

  • Video recordings & further study materials

  • Recorded learning sessions for case study period

  • Supported by on-going scientific research

  • Work With

    Groups Only

  • Where?

    Study from home

  • When?

    Course begins 21st September 2022

  • Course Fees

    £1445 Earlybird Course Fee Ends 30th Nov 21
    £1560 Full Course Fee
    Instalment Plan Available

  • Qualification

    Dip. GST (BAST)

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Course Contents

  • Exploring the current research in the field, the neuroscience and psychology of therapeutic sound- work
  • Our research supporting the therapeutic benefits of sound induced altered states of consciousness
  • Introducing the BAST Method techniques Group dynamics – ‘the hats we wear’ and how to hold and facilitate a transformative and therapeutic space
  • Reflective practice – the 5Rs method of experiential processing – a way to understand ourselves more deeply
  • Explore narrative soundscapes and the psychology of sound-scaping
  • The therapeutic benefits of improvisation
  • The power of sound and rhythm – how our brains have evolved to respond to sound and rhythm and how to apply in a variety of different sessions
  • The ‘Rhythm of Life’ technique – how, when and why we use it
  • Remembering the drum journey – the ancient use of sound viewed through a 21st century lens
  • Community research project – taking your work into the community to further the body of research
  • Exploring the ‘sound signature’ of each different instrument and how and why it affects us in certain ways
  • Exploring the application of sound to maximise relaxation
  • Playing techniques for the Himalayan and crystal singing bowls and gong
  • How to write a ‘gongscore’ (a composition for your gongbath)
  • Creating stillness and emotion with your crystal bowls – how each interval affects mind, body and emotions in different ways
  • Transitioning between instruments – enjoying the ‘bridging’ places
  • Musicality, ebb and flow – making your session ‘live’

Equipment Webinar - Available June 2022

  • Videos and presentations introduce the instruments (Himalayan bowls, gong, crystal singing bowls, drum and therapeutic percussion) to you
  • Good quality professional standard instruments can be hand selected for you and sent to your home via our trusted suppliers

Foundation Module - Available July 2022

  • An online course to take before the virtual classroom
  • Quizzes and interactive exercises help you check your understanding and deepen your knowledge

Virtual Classroom 1 - 21st September - 23rd September 2022

  • We will unpack the BAST Method in more depth
  • Take part in experiential exercises
  • Practise playing techniques and experience sound-bath sessions
  • Understand how different instruments affect mind, body and emotions in different ways
  • Discuss the application of the instruments and techniques in more depth
  • Explore current research to support how and why therapeutic sound can be so effective at improving health and wellbeing

Coursework & Home Study - 24th September 2022 for 16 - 18 weeks

  • Embark on a wonderful journey with your instruments
  • Articles, quizzes, coursework exercises and training videos deepen your learning
  • Coursework is estimated to take 2 - 3 hours a week
  • Practise the sessions you have chosen to qualify in - videos and tutorials aim to support you with this process

Virtual Classroom 2 - Tutorial - 16th - 21st October 2022

  • During this session we will check all is well with your coursework and answer any questions you may have
  • We will check playing techniques
  • Have a valuable Q&A session with your tutors

Virtual Classroom 3 - Tutorial - 15th - 16th December 2022

  • Exploring the practical sessions in more depth
  • Hypothetical case studies are explored and discussed in smaller group sessions
  • Prepare for your case study sessions

Practical Session - Jan - Feb 2023

  • Book a 1-2-1 session with a tutor to go through the techniques in more depth or you can submit a video if you prefer.
  • Your tutor will give you feedback, support and guidance

Case Studies & Research Project 

  • Take 6 - 9 months to complete 11 case studies
  • Gain valuable experience whilst being supported by BAST
  • 2 of your 11 sessions will contribute to a research project which aims to further the field and provide work/business opportunities

Virtual Classroom 4 - Tutorial - 15th March 2023

  • Check in with your peers and tutors
  • Discuss your case studies in more depth
  • Discuss research and ongoing business/professional development


  • On successful completion of this course you will be awarded a Professional Diploma in Group Sound Therapy
  • You can achieve a ‘pass’, ‘merit’ or ‘distinction’


Earlybird Course Fee: £1445 - you must enrol before 30th November 2021 to qualify for this discount

Full Course Fee: £1560

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