TaKeTiNa Rhythm Therapy Training

“We’ve successfully used TaKeTiNa in our clinic as a form of rhythm therapy for the last 25 years. The experience of using rhythm in a group to help ‘lose oneself and find oneself again and anchor oneself more securely in the self’ is a fundamental and enormously beneficial part of the psychosomatic inpatient treatment.”

Dr. Joachim Galuska

Director of the Heiligenfield Clinic, has worked therapeutically with TaKeTiNa for many years

Training Content

The TaKeTiNa process developed by Reinhard Flatischler uses the healing and transformative effects of rhythm by directly mirroring behaviour in response to rhythmic events.
As a part of this music therapeutic process for individuals and groups, patients learn to use the tension between states of rhythmic order and rhythmic chaos to help explore inner mental states. They experience how rhythm can reveal inner conflicts, making them conscious so that against the background of current needs, new ways of dealing with problems can be found.

Rhythm therapists use rhythm in different contexts: in clinics for psychosomatic medicine, in psychotherapy rehabilitation clinics, in pain clinics, in drug rehabilitation clinics and in outpatient psychotherapy clinics where they apply the healing and transformative power of rhythm competently and effectively.

Participants in this training will be taught by the three teachers, Frank Rihm, Bettina Berger and Reinhard Flatischler, who will guide them with logical structured methods to actively develop therapeutic relationships with individuals and groups. Participants will learn how to extract essential information from clients whilst keeping them both ‘in the moment’ and showing them how to work on themselves.

In this training session, aspiring rhythm therapists learn how to use resistance and projection, transference and projective identification to draw their clients into a positive therapeutic process. They will learn intervention techniques to help their clients explore their inner worlds, to discover deep-seated conflicts and structural problems and resolve issues through new therapeutic experiences. Finally, this training will also teach them how to close the therapeutic process so that the client can integrate the process – triggered by TaKeTiNa – effectively. The rhythm work and therapeutic conversations will come together to bring new insights and new qualities to a therapeutic relationship.

Highlights of the training are:

  • The use of TaKeTiNa to develop rhythmic musical competence
  • Learning the musical instruments needed for the TaKeTiNa process
  • How to use TaKeTiNa in a therapeutic context
  • How to relate verbal and non-verbal components of the therapeutic approach (talking whilst drumming for example)
  • How to use rhythm and processes triggered by it as the basis of a psychodynamic understanding
  • Experience working with the tension between transmission and counter transmission
  • Intra-psychological conflict resolution techniques versus inner structure building techniques
  • Dealing with difficult or special individual and group situations


The instruments used in rhythm therapy are adapted for use with small groups as well as single clients and speech therapies. A tuneable frame drum which can be played with sticks as well as by hand replaces the surdo drum, the berimbau is fastened to a stand so the therapist can play berimbau and drums together. This makes it possible to work with dramatic rhythmic energies even in very small groups and with individuals.

Who is this training for?

This training in TaKeTiNa rhythm music therapy is aimed at people in caring and therapeutic professions who want a basic training in rhythm and to use it as a tool and healing art: doctors, psychologists, movement therapists, music therapists, art therapists, physiotherapists, physical therapists, nurses, health practitioners, occupational therapists, speech therapists for example.

Structure of this specialist course

In total there are 105 working days of training.
The various components are taught in six 9-day sessions, a 7-day session, a 5-day session, two 4-day sessions and four 3-day sessions.
An examination is held at the end of the course.


1st. Set: February 1st – February 9th, 2020 – TaKeTiNa Set
2nd Set: March 25th – March 29th, 2020 – Therapy Set
3rd Set: April 30 – May 3rd, 2020 – Therapy Set
4th Set: June 6th – Juni 14th, 2020 – TaKeTiNa Set
5th Set: August 29th – September 6th, 2020 – TaKeTiNa Set
6th Set: November 5th – November 8th, 2020 – Therapy Set
7th Set: January 9th – January 17th, 2021 – TaKeTiNa Set
8th Set: March 4th – March 7th, 2021- Therapy Set
9th Set: April 29th – May 2nd, 2021 – Therapy Set
10th Set: August 28th – September 5th, 2021 – TaKeTiNa Set
11th Set: November 11th – November 14th, 2021 – Therapy Set
12th Set: January 8th – January 16th, 2022 – TaKeTiNa Set
13th Set: February 24th – February 27th, 2022 – Therapy Set
14th Set: April 20th – April 24th, 2022 – Therapy Set
15th Set: June 8th – Juni 27th, 2022 Exams set

Organiser of the TaKeTiNa rhythm music therapy course:

Akademie Heiligenfeld GmbH
Altenbergweg 6, D-97688 Bad Kissingen
Tel.: +49 (0)971-84-4600

The next training course will start in spring 2020. You can request a free brochure from the Akademie Heiligenfeld by the end of 2018. The course will be held in German.