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 August 2019

  The Professional Exchange - IE-CAMFT Newsletter


August 23, 2019

Music Therapy: A Binaural Frontier

The Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music (GIM)

AmyLynn Dimaano, MT-BC, CADC-II 

This presentation will include interactive demonstration and explanation detailing what clinical Music Therapy is and why it’s effective as an adjunct to conventional methodology.  This includes: Binaural foundations of how the human brain processes music and why this helps people in the therapeutic process of change. More specifically,  delineation of the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music (GIM), a specialty within the field of Music Therapy, its origins, research and efficacy for patients that are not finding success with traditional therapy. Particularly efficacious for treating trauma, grief, addictions and Depression, the Bonny Method is an imagery and music based therapeutic process that allows the patient to have an interactive experience in the treatment session itself. It can reveal previously untapped personal wisdom from the unconscious that often empowers the client outside the treatment setting to feel and behave differently.

Additionally, this presentation will address how “music IN therapy” can be used by clinicians to enhance other forms of therapy, safely, within their scope of practice.


1.  Understand the binaural foundations of Music Therapy in any context (includes individual and group settings)  

2.  Comprehensive understanding of clinical Music Therapy as an adjunct therapy in Mental Health, specifically when to refer to a Music Therapist

3.  Basic foundations of what the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery (GIM) is as a treatment modality

4. How to use music IN therapy as a traditional therapy clinician, within your scope of practice, safe interventions


AmyLynn Dimaano is a Board Certified Music Therapist, California State Certified Drug & Alcohol Counselor, and is currently in the advanced level of training in the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music protocol. AmyLynn has been practicing as a Board Certified Music Therapist since 2008 in the fields of Mental Health, Addiction, and Eating Disorders. She has been employed at various levels of care including residential treatment, Intensive Outpatient and Partial-Hospitalization.

AmyLynn received her undergraduate degree from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA in vocal performance in 1994 and Music Therapy Equivalency from California State University, Northridge in 2007, followed by Board Certification in 2008. In 2013 AmyLynn became a State Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor and she is currently completing requirements to become a Fellow in the specialty of the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music (FAMI).

AmyLynn opened a private practice in Redlands focusing primarily on the use of the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music (GIM) in 2018 called the H.O.P.E. (Helping Others Purposely Evolve) Guided Imagery and Music Therapy Studio! GIM is a sensory imagery and music based therapeutic practice that engages the “traveler” in a binaural experience. It can be especially helpful for clientele struggling with trauma, addictions/process disorders, depression, anxiety that seem to be struggling in traditional forms of therapy alone.

H.O.P.E. Studio also offers multi-media and multi-discipline Wellness Empowerment Group. You can learn more about AmyLynn and H.O.P.E at


Inland Empire Chapter of CAMFT is a CAMFT Approved CEU Provider Agency  Provider # 62278

CEU Hours: This course meets the qualifications for 2 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences

Certificates: Completion certificates will be awarded at the conclusion of the training and upon participant’s submission of his or her completed evaluation.

Refund Policy:  If a participant is unable to attend and notifies IE-CAMFT 24 hours in advance of the training, full reimbursement will be sent within ten (10) working days.

Grievance:  If any aspect of the training is not to the full satisfaction of any participant, please notify the coordinator, CEU committee chair, or another IE-CAMFT board member.  We hope to resolve any issue immediately on-site.  If not resolved, the full IE-CAMFT board will review and resolve the issue.

IE-CAMFT wishes all participants to have an excellent learning experience.  Please notify the coordinator or other board member if you need special accommodations.  If possible, call Garry Raley at (951) 640-5899 in advance

Presenter Non-Appearance Policy

In the unlikely event that a scheduled presenter does not appear for a scheduled event, the following steps will be used to remediate inconvenience to attendees:

An announcement will be made to inform everyone that CEU credits cannot be provided due to inability to meet CAMFT standards for advance notice, etc.

The meeting will be held.  Attendees will be encouraged to participate for the purpose of professional development.

If an attendee has paid for the seminar, s/he will receive either a full refund or credit for a future presentation.

If the topic will be repeated at a later time, notice of the date and time will be provided to all interested parties.



Our membership rates and seminar fees are going up--renew now to take advantage of our present rates.  Your renewal date does not change if you renew ahead of time, so if you just renewed in May, e.g., you could renew again and your membership renewal wouldn't be due until May 2021!

Members may now download her or his specific membership card from our website by logging in and clicking on the pdf link under the card, which is displayed on the member's profile.  While you're on the website, take a few moments to review your profile and make sure it is up-to-date and you are taking advantage of the "ad" field and showcasing your specialty area for the therapist directory.

This issue:  

August Featured Event



Welcome New and Renewing Members!                       


At our Last Meeting           

President's Message

Upcoming Events


Welcome New and Returning Members!

 Kimberly Salyer and Vanessa Quintana

Thank you for renewing!

Erika Soto,Margaret Wild, Judy Kelly, Brittney Power, Melissa Sanders, Susan Lehrman, Tyra Butler, Jennifer Codega, Beverly Johnson, Jamie R. Nelson, Stacy Donaldson

Renewal Reminders:  Ryan Voth, Keyvan Geula, Verlynn Pruehs,Hortencia Diaz, Adina Silva, Montsho Gallon, Jay Burke, Tina Gonzalez, ShawnDredla, Janetta Peltz, Richard Robbins, Catherine Caporale

It is YOU the members who keep our chapter going!  If your membership is up for renewal please complete the renewal process as soon as possible--your membership is the backbone of our organization and what allows us to keep offering great seminars and CEUs, the Therapist Directory, Membership Directory, and more.  Thank you! :)


At Our Last Meeting . . . The IE-CAMFT Board had a very productive meeting at our annual retreat where we discuss programs, membership, finances, and goals for the coming year.  We thank Sherry Shockey-Pope for hosting.

President's Message: 

Welcome fellow IE-CAMFT Members! As we approach a new season of the year, our children returning back to school, many of us begin focusing anew on business.  I wanted to bring your attention to the many benefits that IE-CAMFT Chapter members receive.  Please feel free to share this information with the other clinicians you run across on a day-to-day basis. 

Benefits of membership with IE-CAMFT

1.     2-Unit Educational Seminars for free – 10 per year!

2.     Reduced fee for our Annual Law and Ethics Seminar

3.     Free Classified Ads on our website and also in our Monthly Ad Bulletin

4.     Networking Opportunities with fellow clinicians

5.     Public Online Therapist Directory

6.     Members Only Area on our website that includes the following

         Member Directory

         Forum Participation

         Further Information about our Monthly Presentations

 These benefits are all for an annual fee of $40 for clinical, affiliate or associate members and $25 for pre-licensed members.  These fees are scheduled to go up in September, so it behooves anyone wanting to join the chapter or renew her/his membership to do so in August!  We have set the goal of 200 members by the end of this year--please help us reach this goal!

Please avail yourself of these benefits, they can be very useful, in whatever capacity you are currently working. As clinicians we all need support and education.  IE-CAMFT is here for you.

Carol Rose Adkisson


Upcoming Events:

Decoding Teens - September 27, 2019

EMDR: Healing Unprocessed Memories that Create Disturbance and Dysfunction - October 25, 2019

Annual Authors' Gathering - October 25, 2019

Depth Psychology & Self-Care - November 15, 2019


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