Group Sound Therapy Training

Professional Diploma

Group Sound Therapy Training (Professional Diploma)

This diverse course enables you to facilitate a range of different passive and participative group sound therapy sessions. It not only includes soundbaths and gongbaths but also covers drum journeys (the ancient roots of many 21st century sound therapy methods), ‘Rhythm of Life’ sessions – where we use rhythm, movement and mindfulness to bring balance and harmony, and narrative soundscapes. A narrative soundscape can help people to re-frame life-limiting beliefs, fears, phobias and trauma and develop life-affirming strategies for the future.

This course is perfect if you want to deliver a variety of different sessions but equally you can select the methods you want to qualify in.

A distance learning option 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?

    A blend of home study & 1 class-room based module held at the University of Chichester Bognor Regis Campus, Upper Bognor Rd, Bognor Regis, PO21 1HR. A distance learning option is also available.

  • When?

    Course begins 20th September 2023

  • Course Fees

    £1445 Earlybird Fee - Ends 30th June 2023
    £1560 Full Course Fee

  • 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 7Rs 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

  • 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 - 9th August 2023

  • 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 - 20th - 22nd September 2023 - 09.30am - 2.00pm 

  • Unpack the BAST Method of Group Sound Therapy in more depth in the comfort of your home
  • Take part in experiential exercises and small group sessions
  • Enjoy immersing yourself in sound sessions
  • Explore the sound signatures of the different instruments and discuss how and why they move mind body and emotions in different ways
  • Discuss therapeutic application in different settings and for different conditions
  • Understand more about the transformative nature of sound
  • Explore current research in the field, including sound psychology and neuroscience to support how and why sound can be so effective at improving health and wellbeing

    Virtual Classroom 2 - 27th October 2023 - 9.30am - 11.00am - Coursework check-in

    • 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 - 17th November 9.30am - 11am

    • Your final online check-in before the intensive module

    In-class Intensive Module 1 - 9th - 10th December 2023 9.30am - 6.00pm 

    • Put together what you’ve learned with your peers
    • Get in-class support from the tutor team
    • Gain confidence and experience with your instruments
    • Practice different types of soundbath and explore narrative soundscapes and rhythm of life sessions
    • Discuss therapeutic application of the techniques and instruments

    Day 1: 9.30am – 6pm
    Day 2: 9.30am – 6pm

    Virtual Classroom 4 - 11th - 12th January 2024 9.30am - 2.00pm - Hypothetical case studies

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

    Virtual Classroom 5 - 29th  March 2024 9.30 - 11.00am

    • Case study check-in


    • 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’


    Full Course Fee: £1560

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