Group Sound Therapy Training

Professional Diploma

Group Sound Therapy Training (Professional Diploma)

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 distance learning option is also available for this course. Please request a prospectus for full information.

  • 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 22nd September 2021

  • Course Fees

    £1,195 Earlybird Course Fee
    £1,328 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 from mid-July 2021

  • Videos and presentations introduce the instruments (Himalayan bowls, gong, crystal singing bowls, drum and therapeutic percussion) to you
  • Choose the best to suit your needs - help will be provided
  • Playing technique tutorials will get you started and practising at home

Foundation Module - Available from late August 2021

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

Virtual Classroom 22nd September - 24th September 2021

  • 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

9.30am – 2pm plus 1-2 hours in the afternoon/evening in your own time

Coursework & Home Study 27th September - 14th January 2021

  • Embark on a wonderful journey with your instruments
  • Articles, quizzes, coursework exercises and training videos deepen your learning
  • Coursework is estimated to take between 2 - 3 hours a week
  • Practise different types of session and explore the therapeutic potential of the techniques

In-class Intensive 11th - 12th December 2021

  • Put together what you’ve learned with your peers
  • Get in-class support from the tutor team
  • Gain confidence and experience with your instruments
    Practise 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 – 6.30pm
Day 2: 9.30am – 6pm

Case Studies & Research Project 28th January 2022

  • Take 6 - 9 months to complete your case studies
  • Gain valuable experience whilst being supported by BAST
  • Choose a subject to research in more depth with your peer group. Past research groups have explored chronic pain, anxiety and mood state for example. Use your findings to further your work/business and create opportunities


  • 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: £1,195 - you must enrol before 31st March 2021 to qualify for this discount

Full Course Fee: £1328

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