Joel is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) an accredited Music Therapist (MTA) and a Zürich-trained Jungian Psychoanalyst. Joel has completed a PhD-Equivalent post-graduate program in Switzerland at the CG Jung Institute Zürich in analytical psychology which authorizes him with the designation of Jungian Psychoanalyst. Joel also completed a graduate program in Music Centred Psychotherapy (Wilfrid Laurier University) resulting in a Masters degree in Music Therapy. Joel also has a second Masters degree in Ethnomusicology (University of Alberta). He has done certificate training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with the pioneer of mindfulness-based CBT (Zindel Segal) through the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine and has completed the first level of Guided Imagery and Music (GIM) training. Joel has recently published a book entitled JUNGIAN MUSIC PSYCHOTHERAPY: WHEN PSYCHE SINGS through Routledge UK. Joel is the founding international workshop facilitator of a new psychotherapeutic method called Archetypal Music Psychotherapy (AMP) which integrates core Jungian principles within a clinical improvisation framework.
Along with a 25 year career as an instructor in various universities and colleges (including VCC, University of Victoria, University of Winnipeg), Joel is on faculty at various post-graduate training centres including the C.G. Jung Institute Zürich (Switzerland), The Jung Center (Houston, TX) and the Centre for Applied Jungian Studies (South Africa). Joel has further cultural therapeutic training through the San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety (ICS) certificate course and has completed various trauma-informed therapy courses including Trauma and the Healing Journey offered by Sociologist Robert Wright in 2019. Joel also spent a decade traveling the world as an international recording artist releasing albums on Universal/True North Records and his music has won awards for “Pop Album of the Year,” and “Film Score of the Year,” and was nominated for “Songwriter of the Year,” along with Sarah McLachlan, Nelly Furtado and Ian Tyson.
Links to Joel’s music therapy-related work and presentations can be found here:
JUNGIAN MUSIC PSYCHOTHERAPY: WHEN PSYCHE SINGS (Routledge, 2019):
JOEL’S TEDx TALK:
SHAMBHALA BOOK OF THE MONTH:
JOEL ON “SPEAKING OF JUNG”:
ONLINE MUSIC THERAPY COURSES AVAILABLE:
Archetypal Music Psychotherapy: A Depth Approach to the Creative Expressive Arts
Music Therapy for Chronic Pain Management
The Art of Improvisation for Musicians and Therapists
Music Therapy in Special Education
Verbal Counselling and Psychotherapy Techniques for Music Therapists