PDF Verion of their PPT Presentation:
Video of The Dance of Belonging – A 60’s Scoop Story of Healing and Transformation
More information on their Session:
An Exploration of Identity Through the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music
Sharon Jinkerson-Brass, Multimedia Artist, Cultural Facilitator and 60’s Scooper.
Mary Reher, BMT, MTA, FAMI is an accredited music therapist, and a Fellow with the Association for Music and Imagery.
Abstract: Sharon Jinkerson-Brass spent many years exploring her 60’s Scoop issues through talk therapy and cultural means but she still felt haunted by deep feelings of insecurity and sadness. Sharon experienced a more complete transformation and healing when she entered into a Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music (GIM) series with Music Therapist Mary Reher. Many aspects of this work addressed key 60’s Scoop issues, including early childhood trauma, loss and grief, and belonging and identity.
In this session Sharon will briefly share:
- her story
- the emotional and healing encounters she had while doing this series
Mary Reher will:
- give a summary of the journey taken during the ten sessions
- she will also offer her insights and lessons learned from this work with Sharon
|NOTE: This work later became a chapter in a book titled “Creative Arts Approaches in Adoption and Foster Care: Contemporary Strategies for Working with Individuals and Families” ~Edited by Donna J. Betts|
Everyone welcome to attend:
|*Registration for this session is now closed*|
About the Presenters:
Sharon Jinkerson-Brass is a member of Key First Nation in Saskatchewan. She was part of the “sixties scoop” but reunited with her family in the 1980’s. She received her cultural teachings from her beloved Anishinabek grandmother Rebecca, who was a midwife and traditional healer. Sharon’s cultural heritage has inspired all of her art and way of living.
Sharon is an award-winning artist who was the artistic director of “Big Sky” a successful multi-media company that performed in the US and Canada. For 30 years she has also been a community leader working for social change for the Indigenous Community in the areas of arts, culture, health and community development. Sharon is currently working on multiple projects in the Aboriginal community on topics related to health, green energy and cultural healing. Sharon believes that a relevant, sustainable cultural foundation is the key for wellness for her people and all people.
Mary Reher, BMT, MTA, FAMI, is an accredited music therapist, and a Fellow with the Association for Music and Imagery. The Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music is an integral part of her work, both in its original form and in the many adaptations she has devised for use with individuals and groups of all ages. She has presented at conferences on her work using GIM with a First Nations client, and on Music and Imagery in healing unresolved grief in children. Mary has written articles and authored chapters for two books: “The Creative Arts Therapies in Adoption and Foster Care”, and “Guided Imagery & Music (GIM) and Music Imagery Methods for Individual and Group Therapy”. As well as working under contract with School District #64, Mary offers workshops, retreats and private sessions in her home community of Pender Island and the wider geographic area.
About the Bonny Method:
The Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music is defined as a music-centered exploration of consciousness. It offers persons the opportunity to integrate mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual aspects of well-being, as well as to awaken to a greater transcendent identity. A GIM session begins with conversation between the client/traveller and therapist/facilitator. Following this, the facilitator provides an induction of relaxation and focusing suggestions, to help produce a deeply relaxed or altered state of consciousness in the client. A specially sequenced program of classical music is then played. While he/she is listening to the music in this deeply relaxed state, images in many forms may arise in the traveller, from a deeper level of consciousness. These are focused and encouraged by the guide/facilitator, who offers supportive and resonant comments while serving as an active witness to the unfolding experience. At the same time, the facilitator takes a written transcript of the flow of imagery, which is being expressed audibly by the traveller throughout the session. At the completion of the music program, the facilitator helps the person return from a deeply relaxed state and begin integrating the session experiences into his/her life.