Since she received her MA in Music Therapy from New York University, USA, in 1990, Sumi has worked with various populations in different settings and has taught music therapy for many years. Sumi taught music therapy at Anna Maria College, Massachusetts, USA, as an Assistant Professor of Music Therapy (1998 - 2000). She is a Co-Director of the Guided Imagery and Music (GIM)/ Music and Imagery (MI) training at Ewha Woman's University in South Korea where she has taught and supervised since 2005. In June 2016, she started to teach the Supportive Music and Imagery method at the Integrative GIM Training Programme in London.
She is currently completing her research on 'An exploratory study of the processes of Supportive Music and Imagery therapy conducted in South Korea' at The Tavistock and Portman / University of East London.
She has supervised the Supportive Music and Imagery (SMI), a brief music psychotherapy, for the past 10 years. SMI works with a client's supportive resources (the supportive imagery) and uses one simple recorded piece of music, arts and verbal dialogue. She became very impressed by the changes made by the clients in six SMI sessions and this motivated her to embark on a PhD study to explore the SMI method further.
Her thesis is a qualitative study of SMI. It explores the SMI process as a brief therapy and the impact of supervision on the SMI therapy.
The investigation applies grounded theory to analyse data and uses case studies to present the findings. There are two sets of cases analysed. The first consists of cases conducted by SMI trainees, the second of cases conducted by SMI graduates, both supervised by me. Through a matrix of eight grounded theory categories and the interactions between the categories, an interaction model of the SMI process has been generated.
The study finds that the process of SMI is an ego enhancing process by internalizing the client's good object (supportive imagery) through expressive media. In SMI, the whole process of focusing and enhancing the experience of the supportive imagery can be understood as a reparative process of 'symbol formation' of the good part of the self.
Paik-Maier, S. (2013) 'Music and imagery self-experience in the clinical supervision of trainees in guided imagery and music', in Bruscia, K.E. (ed.) Self-experiences in music therapy education, training, and supervision [e-book]. Gilsum, NH: Barcelona Publishers. Available online; E-ISBN : 9781937440435.
Paik-Maier, S. (2011) 'Working on counter transference and other personal issues through self-reflective process', Bonny method resources AMI Spring 2011 Newsletter, Vol. 24, No. 1. Parma, OH: Association for Music and Imagery.
Paik-Maier, S. (2010b) 'Supportive music and imagery method', Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy, 10(3) [online].
Conference presentations /workshops given:
Paik-Maier, S. (2014) 'An exploration of the process of supportive music and imagery therapy and its impact as a short term therapy', GIM in a changing world: the 11th European GIM conference. Consciousness-Neuroscience-Society, Berlin, 17-21 September.
Paik-Maier, S. (2014) 'Group experience of the supportive and imagery method', Music and imagery: embracing the imagination for health and wellbeing: the 5th MIAA GIM conference. Music and Imagery Association of Australia Inc., Treacy Centre, Melbourne, 26-27 April.
Paik-Maier, S. (2012) 'GIM and MI training in Korea: cultural and clinical aspects', The 3rd Anniversary of Arts Education Therapy Institute Graduate School of Education, Ewha Woman's University: the first international symposium on guided imagery and music (GIM)/ music and imagery (MI). Ewha Woman's University, Seoul, 14 January.
Paik-Maier, S., Paek, K.S., Ha, K., Kim,Y.S. (2009) 'Music and imagery part II: understanding countertransference and therapeutic issues through a reflective music and imagery process', Transformation of consciousness through music: the 20th conference of the Association for Music and Imagery. Techny, IL, 23-27 November.
Langdon, J. Paik-Maier, S. and Summer, L. (2000) 'Practical and Innovative Supervision Strategies for Internship Supervisors', Pre-Conference Institutes, American Music Therapy Association Conference. St. Louis, MO, 15 November
Paik-Maier, S. (1999) 'Case Study of a Bipolar Client in Music Therapy', New England Region / AMTA Regional Music Therapy Conference. Meredith, NH, 27 March.
Paik-Maier, S. (1994) 'Ethical Consideration for the Music Therapist in a Hospital Setting', Annual Conference of the American Association for Music Therapy. Taminent, 11 June
Paik-Maier, S. (1990) 'A Case Study of Patient A', The Symposium of Music Therapy, The Korean Association of Clinical Art, Seoul, Korea, 26-27 October.
1 - 4 June, 24 - 26 October 2016, Seminar Leader Supportive Music and Imagery Method Integrative Guided Imagery and Music Training Programme
Sept 2014 - Present, Co-Director Music and Imagery/Guided Imagery and Music Training. Ewha Woman's University, Seoul, South Korea
Dec 2010 - Aug 2014, Co-Director Music and Imagery/Guided Imagery and Music Training. Anna Maria College/Ewha Woman's University, Seoul, South Korea
Jan 2005 -Jan 2010, Clinical coordinator and supervisor Music and Imagery Training. Anna Maria College/Ewha Woman's University, Seoul, South Korea
July 2007 - 2012, Adjunct Clinical Supervisor The Institute for Music and Consciousness Anna Maria College, Paxton, Massachusetts, USA
Sept 1998 - May 2000, Assistant Professor of Music Therapy Anna Maria College, Paxton, Massachusetts, USA