Guided Imagery Combined with Music: Encouraging Self-Actualizing Attitudes and Behaviors in At-Risk Community College Students

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This article presents a rationale for the inclusion of imagery techniques in community college counselors' therapeutic repertoire for work with at-risk students. The historical, theoretical, and clinical foundations for the use of imagery techniques are briefly reviewed. The Houston Model of Guided Imagery Combined with Music (GICM) is outlined, and the selection of music for the GICM script is discussed. A case example illustrating each level of Houston's four stage typology of imagery is presented to demonstrate the potential affective and cognitive material evoked by imagery techniques. Procedures for the use of the Houston Model of GICM and ethical considerations are delineated.