Музикотерапевтичен институт София


Music Therapy InstituteSofia


Group for Personal Growth and Experience


FACILITATOR: LILIYA AHTAROVA (a registered psychotherapist, a certified music therapist) and team

Group activities will be conducted online.  A simultaneous translation in English

                                               is available for non- Bulgarian speakers.





              PURPOSES  of the Group for personal growth and experience:


-          The enrichment of every group member’s emotional and personal experience.

-          The exploration of behavior models.

-          The acquiring of emotional competence and expression.

-          The orientation towards a professional qualification of practitioners in the field of human behavior and relationships.

-          Relationship dynamics of the small group and the family. The dynamics of the small group is a specific of interaction: therapist-client, educator-student.



Expected outcomes:

1.The experience of and coming to awareness about personal ideosyncrasies, values and qualities.

2.The development of personal qualities and the interaction between them.

3.Structuring models of interpersonal relationships and personal stand.

4.The development of emotional competence.

5.Integrating experience from group work and referring it to real life situations. The improvement     of coping skills through self-knowledge.



Work methods:

-Active music therapy.

-Music, dances and movements.

-Associative music therapy, Music and Imagery.

-Psychodrama techniques with music. Techniques from art-therapy: drawing and modeling.

-Others approaches using arts as an instrument: Process Work.





FOR WHOM? – for musicians, dancers, painters, psychologists, social workers, health profession specialists and for everyone wishing to develop new personal skills, aimed at improving the hygiene of interaction and the prevention of illnesses caused by emotional experiences and others.



The group for personal growth and experience is a mandatory psychotherapeutic training for future psychotherapists, music therapists, as well as it is useful for all specialists in human groups work, in arts, in allied health professions and education.

Working with ourselves in the context of a group provides us  with the opportunity of discovering new qualities, gaining new skills in communication, gaining leadership skills, developing sensitivity towards the group we belong to. This format is working towards support in taking the right decisions according to ourselves , and the way of their realization. The work with arts makes the process a pleasant and rewarding experience!



The course comprises 30 training hours.


Those who would like to continue their training in MTI-Sofia will acquire a document for completing an entry level from the Tuition Program of the institute. Everyone else will get a certificate!



Duration of group sessions: 1 hour and 45 minutes.


Format of group work: 4 sessions per month;


WHEN?in accordance with the agreement between group members: possibilities are for sessions to be taken once per week as usual or in an intensive mode – two sessions per day.


Conditions of participation: Еntry level interview - could be held online as well as in person.


Please, send your applications to Music Therapy Institute-Sofia at: mti@bulgarianmusictherapy.com

Deadline: October 15th,2020.

Dear candidates, please, make an appointment for an interview in accordance to your preferred day and time on the following phone numbers:

0898 66 55 78  or  02/ 980 13 87.


For more information, please visit:  mtisbg.com as well as  www.bulgarianmusictherapy.com


Music Therapy Training Program

Institute of Music Therapy- Sofia

Sofia, Bulgaria



       This training program was accredited in 2015 - 2016.

The MIT-S training enables the acquisition of the following specialties: Clinical Music Therapist and Music Psychotherapist.

The training provides for three levels:


Introductory, Foundation, Specialization


All Trainees complete the same program up to the Specialization level. Upon successful completion of the Foundation level, the student has the possibility to choose and complete one or both specialities.

Students wishing to obtain a Music Psychotherapy Diploma must have basic training in one of the major psychotherapy modalities! The overall training program provides for a minimum of 1560 total training hours.




Training Program


 MTI-S’ training program meets the requirements of the Bulgarian Psychotherapy Association and the criteria of the European Music Therapy Confederation.

The program includes theoretical and practical training in music therapy and psychotherapy training, and work with patients or clients under supervision. The overall training program provides a total of 1560 training hours.


The training is conducted on 3 levels

Upon completion of Level Two, the student has the right to conduct Clinical Music Therapy under Supervision and Music Psychotherapy under Supervision, with each session being supervised.

Clinical Music Therapy and Music Psychotherapy, both under supervision for each session.  


Upon completion of the whole program, the student receives a diploma in Clinical Music Therapy or Music Psychotherapy.

(to be  a Music Psychotherapist or Clinical Music Therapist.)






The purpose of the course is to provide students with theoretical and practical training in order to use music therapy techniques in the context of different psychotherapeutic approaches and clinical practice.

The managing and administrative board has the right to make ongoing adjustments to the basic program, as well as to the teaching team to ensure more effective training.






The purpose of the introductory level is, through group work, to orient the participants in the basic possibilities for using appropriate means of music therapy and music programs in the psychotherapeutic process.

Required hours - 30 hours.

Upon completion of the introductory level, participants who wish to continue their studies in the next levels attend an interview with members of the teaching team and take a music exam.

The Music Exam includes:

A. Common musical culture.

B. Potential for musical improvisation with a basic instrument and with instruments used in music therapy practice.





·         Participation in a long-term “Self-Knowledge and Personal Development Group” experiencing and applying music therapy approaches in the psychotherapeutic process and music therapy in clinical practice.                                                                   Required hours - 200 hours

       (incl. 30 hours from Introductory Level)


Personal psychotherapy sessions with the means of music therapy: minimum

number - 30. One psychotherapy session lasts 90 minutes.


• Practical seminars (Table 1)

 Required hours - 315 hours


Table 1. Distribution of the hours of practical seminars


Educational and applied content


Required hours

Active music therapy in individual and group psychotherapy:

A. Analytical music therapy

B. Behavioral music therapy

C. Humanistic approaches in music therapy



Music therapy for children



Clinical music improvisation



Music therapy for neurological diseases or Neurorehabilitation



Music therapy for terminally ill



Music therapy for the mentally ill



Music therapy for children with Down’s syndrome and autism



Music therapy in geriatrics



Musical psychodrama



Music and Imagery, and Receptive Music Therapy


Music Lab



Dance, movement and music in individual and group psychotherapy





·         Theoretical and practical seminars (Table 2)

Required hours - 250 hours



Table 2. Thematic distribution of the hours of the theoretical and practical seminars


Theoretical and applied areas


Required hours

History and development of music therapy. Basic music therapy approaches.



History of the Arts






Main directions and approaches in psychotherapy:

- Psychoanalysis

- Jungian Psychotherapy

- Humanistic approaches

- Behavioral approaches in psychotherapy








Group and Group Therapy:

       - Transactional Analysis

       - Gestalt Therapy and Existential




Family therapy



Conducting the first interview



Group Therapy - dynamics and mechanisms



Psychological Counselling with psychotherapy



Couples Counselling



Brief Therapy



Ethics in Caring Professions




·         Additional module # 1 for students without music training (Table 3)


Required Hours: 75 Student hours


Table 3. Thematic distribution of the hours of supplementary module # 1

Educational content


Required hours

Music literature.

Musical forms and instrumentation



History of the arts




Note: Students with music education are required to take the exam or attend the semester hours of module # 1

 Summary of topics in the course content:

·         Graduate Psychotherapists: Subjects which were part of their psychotherapy training are dropped from theoretical and practical seminars.

·         Graduate Psychologists: Psychological Counselling is eliminated from the theoretical and practical seminars.


 Elective seminars- up to 60 hours:

- The Arts in Psychotherapy with Fairytales.

- Psychoanalytic approaches and practices in


- "Process-oriented" psychotherapy - by A.


- Jungian oriented Psychotherapy.

- Psychodrama Group Therapy.

- Voice – as part of the therapeutic process


Mandatory Themes: One or more of suggested topics related to other approaches in psychotherapy, with a total hours of at least 60 hours

Required Hours - 60 hours

·         Compulsory Literature for extending theoretical and theoretical application.

·         Individual psychotherapy sessions - a minimum of 30 sessions during a period of no more than two consecutive calendar years during training.

·         The student is admitted to the intermediate diploma after covering training seminars (total of 625 hours), Participation in a group for personal development and experience and personal psychotherapy (total of 260 hours).


·         Completion of the Foundation Level includes: conducting an individual or group simulation music therapy session in one of the main music therapy approaches, and an oral exam in the basic theoretical disciplines.


2.2.1. Intermediate graduation

The student receives a music therapist certificate in clinical practice under supervision. For this purpose it is necessary to have a completed Personal Development and Experience Group; personal therapy sessions; full hours of practical and theoretical seminars; successfully passed the Foundation Level Exams.





2.3.1. Students wishing to graduate as Music Psychotherapist need to add the following hours:

A. Figurative associative approaches - plus 60 hours

         B. Music Lab - plus 30 hours

         B. Theoretical preparation in one of the main psychotherapeutic areas of choice - 30 hours

         D. Individual and group music therapy as a psychotherapy practice with a total of 90 sessions, of which:

- use of music therapy approaches in 60 individual psychotherapy sessions with adults under supervision;

- music therapy sessions in group psychotherapy - 30 sessions under supervision


2.3.2. Students wishing to obtain a Clinical Music Therapist major should add the following hours:

A. Music therapy in children –additional 60 hours

Clinical Musical Improvisation - additional 30 hours

Anatomy and physiology - additional 30 hours


   B. Individual and group music therapy as a music therapy practice with a total of 90 sessions, of which:

- use of music therapy approaches in 60 individual music therapy sessions with adults or children


- use of music therapy approaches in 30 music therapy sessions with a group of adults or children


Students in both majors need a minimum

                 - 5 sessions directly watched by the supervisor.

                 - group supervision - 60 sessions, of which 10 sessions with individual case presentations. Each group supervision session lasts for 3 academic hours.



The training program finishes with a written presentation of:

A. Analysis of a musical work

 B. A case study of personal psychotherapy practice of a Music Psychotherapist or a Clinical Music Therapist.


The described case involves a supervised music therapy process completed and finalized through at least 10 consecutive music therapy sessions.


-          Self preparation course: 100 hours


Competency Diploma:

- Music therapist

- Clinical music therapist