Voice Movement Therapy Training 2014-2015
Singing the Psyche: A Training in Voice Movement Therapy
Commencing Nov. 2014, Martha’s Vineyard, MA, USA
For all those who seek personal or professional empowerment through the embodied voice.
The training “Singing the Psyche” welcomes applications from any individual, inclusive of race, religion, age, 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.
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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).
The Training Includes:
- A thorough grounding in the core principles of VMT;
- Engagement with VMT creative process work and song-making;
- An introduction to VMT therapeutic process;
- Introduction to bioenergetic and developmental work. Finding oneself and forming relationships.
- Exploration of individual issues and themes in movement, song, imagery and enactment;
- An active involvement in creative group process.
The human voice is the first instrument and singing, we emerged into the world. With the acquisition of language, through time the emotional content has become disengaged from the expression. As our voices emanate from within us, they reveal both our thoughts and our emotional states. At once our unique signature, the voice is a mystery, bridging the internal and the external worlds.
VMT works with individuals in their entirety, recognising that the body, as host of the voice, also expresses us, telling our stories and framing our future. In order to fully embody the voice it is necessary, as well, to investigate the work of the psyche; the more one is able to deal with one’s emotional self, the more expansive the voice becomes.
VMT combines psychotherapeutic principles with breath-work, movement, imagery, massage, song and improvisation, seeking to explore the relationship of mind, body and spirit which make up the human condition. As the voice is the most direct means of approaching the material which resides inside in each individual, through VMT the ability to use the voice expressively is expanded and we touch the depths of ourselves to encounter our potential and our release, finding a more conscious relation to ourselves.
Dates of Training Modules:
Module 1: Nov. 3-21, 2014
Module 2: Feb. 2-20, 2015
Module 3: April 27-May 15, 2015
Module 4: Sept. 14-Oct. 9, 2015
Director of Training: Christine Isherwood
Assistants: Daryl Vineberg and Mali Sastri