IAVMT Training

Currently there is a Voice Movement Therapy training happening in China, organised by The Training Institute Apollo Education.

Training in China

There is currently no training scheduled in the USA

The Norma G. Canner Foundation for VOICE MOVEMENT THERAPY Announces: “Singing the Psyche: the Voice Unchained” Training in Voice Movement Therapy 2018

With Christine Isherwood & Anne Brownell

Assisted by Mali Sastri and Sophie Martin

The next VMT Training will begin January 2018.

The first three modules are of three weeks duration, with the fourth module being four weeks long.

Dates are yet to be finalized and are anticipated to be:

Module One: 01/08/18-01/26/18
Module Two​: 03/12/18-03/30/18
Module Three​: 05/07/18-05/24/18
Module Four: 09/17/18-10/12/18

Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, USA

For all those who seek personal or professional empowerment through the embodied voice.

This training enables individuals to expand the parameters of their voices, encounter the stories of their bodies and psyches and find a greater freedom, in turn allowing singing to become more embodied and to facilitate others, whatever their level of verbal skill or accomplishment, to increase their expressive and communicative ability. The training is both content and competence based, firstly beginning with the experience and investigation of the self in VMT through breath, voice, movement, creativity and process. It requires both practical and intellectual understanding and demonstration of the core principles and theoretical underpinnings of VMT, and the presentation and performance of creative work. Those who complete both the experiential and the qualifying portions of the training are eligible to apply to the International Association for Voice Movement Therapy for acceptance as Registered VMT Practitioners (VMTR).

We welcome applications from any individual, inclusive of race, religion, sexual or gender orientation, who has a strong commitment to train in this work and who is physically and emotionally ready to undergo an intense and demanding program. We do not discriminate in educational, programmatic, or scholarship policies and all scholarships are need-based.

For full information about the Training:

www.vmtusa.com/trainingdetails.shtml or email info@vmtuk.com

VMT training hall VMT training hall with two students


The training consists of two parts:


Three 3-week on-site units Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 4:30 pm, and one performance/presentation week, followed by a fourth 3-week unit introducing the work of the Qualifying Period. These units take place in a residential setting, separated by 3 non-residential interim practice and research periods. They are interdependent and must be taken in sequence.


Module 1:

Beginning the Song and Dance: The Core Principles of VMT:

The Training Includes:

  1. The ten vocal components identified in VMT;
  2. The non-vocal principles particular to VMT;
  3. The creative application of the vocal and non-vocal components to the investigation of the self though voice;
  4. The choreography of developmental movement within the context of VMT.

Module 2:

Singing the Self: VMT Creative Process Work and Song-Making:

The voyage into the shadow world through voice, movement and enactment;

  1. Introduction to the practice of active imagination through the recognition and creation of acoustic archetypes and sub-personalities in sound and movement;
  2. The voyage into the shadow world through voice, movement and enactment;
  3. The role of vocalization and simple song-making in the development of affective language, meaningful speech and a sense of self;
  4. Introduction to VMT massage, manipulation and compression work.

Module 3:

The Voice Unchained: VMT Creative and Therapeutic Process:

  1. The therapeutic principles of VMT and how they are used;
  2. Somatic transference and counter-transference within a creative group framework.
  3. Overview of developmental voice and movement work in relation to the self.
  4. Review of core principles.

Module 4:

The Language of the Soul in Song and Movement; Taking the Work with You

  1. Student Performance Week: Creative presentation in song, movement and enactment of themes which have arisen in the course of this Training;
  2. What Comes Next: Experiential, practical and informational work concerning future use of VMT:
    1. Student presentation of plans for their work in VMT;
    2. Review and overview:
      1. Consideration of VMT in relation to the Expressive Therapies and other kinds of therapeutic work;
      2. Dealing with diversity and anti-bias from a VMT point of view;
      3. Ethical considerations and guidelines, including an introduction to the International Association for Voice Movement Therapy (IAVMT) and its standards of ethics and practice;
    3. Sessions dealing with issues regarding:
      1. Taking on practice clients individually & in groups;
      2. Finding supervision on-site and otherwise;
      3. Continuing to pursue one's own experience of creative/therapeutic process.

VMT inside training hall VMT training hall with four students


Non-residential qualifying period of 12 to 18 months commencing after the completion of the experiential program. During this time the trainee, under supervision, will:

  1. Work with 3 practice clients for 20 sessions, keeping case notes and writing a case study for each;
  2. Facilitate 1 group of 3 or more people for 8 sessions, also keeping notes and writing a group case study;
  3. Write a short thesis on a topic of interest directly pertaining to VMT and growing out of the case work or a strong interest in a topic related to VMT.

The trainee will be supported by a supervisor during the Qualifying Period, upon satisfactory completion of which s/he can apply for registration as a Professional Practitioner with the International Association for Voice Movement Therapy (IAVMT).

For full information on the training, go to:


Christine Isherwood Anne Brownell

Mali Sastri Sophie Martin

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