12th  European GIM Conference

 Eden Beach Resort Hotel, Anavyssos
 Athens, Greece

 15th18th September 2016
(Registration & opening ceremony on Wednesday 14th, afternoon)
“European Perspectives on Guided Imagery and Music:
Visions, Challenges and Crossroads”

13th–14th September 2016
Pre-conference: “Expanding GIM: Combining practices”

It is a great pleasure and privilege to welcome all the delegates from many countries to the 12th European GIM Conference to be held in Eden beach Hotel in Anavyssos, at the outskirts of Athens, Greece. As representatives of this major event, we are devoted to the exchange of the latest knowledge and information about the practice and theory of GIM and its developments.

The main focus of this conference is on GIM’s European Perspectives. GIM in Europe stands at a crossroad. Can and will we establish a European Association of Music and Imagery? What is the vision, what are the challenges and how do we find the right way?

For a decade, we have been working towards the establishment of a European association, and in Berlin September 2014 the interim EAMI was founded. The board have since then been working on all the issues that need to be clarified before the final establishment: Organizational, practical and economical framework, formulation of European standards of training, clarification of the professional issues of defining GIM/Music and Imagery as related to clinical practice and legislation in the European countries, the relationship with AMI and other regional associations.

A special goal of this conference is to address these questions in the broadest sense. Keynotes, papers, workshops and discussion panels will address professional, social and cultural challenges and introduce innovative ways in which we can find ways to proceed.

Important themes will therefore be:  A new look on the core elements of GIM (music, imagery, guiding); the continuum of music and imagery methods as related to European practice, European perspectives on GIM and M&I.

The pre-conference will be a special selection of workshops that combine GIM with other practices, approaches or psychotherapeutic techniques. These can include modifications of GIM for special populations,  combined with other psychotherapeutic techniques like clinical hypnosis, narrative therapy, biofeedback etc, or with other media other than the typical mandala, like body, movement, fairytales, drama therapy and psychodrama, to name a few. The last section of the pre-conference will be a special 3-hour group workshop devoted to “live” GIM experiences! Emphasis will be given on space for discussion and feedback from these experiences.

You are welcome to submit papers, workshops and posters in the “call for papers” section!

Last but not least, we would like to express our sincere appreciation to all the committees’ members but also to the contributors and supporters, for their efforts in making this conference possible.

We thank you for your participation and look forward to seeing you in Greece!

Evangelia Papanikolaou
Lars Ole Bonde
Head of Organizing Committee
Head of Scientific Committee

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