Mindfulness Certificate

Certificate in Mindfulness and Compassion in Psychotherapy

About the Program

The Mindfulness and Compassion in Psychotherapy Certificate program at CIIS will welcome its third cohort in 2013-14. This ten-month program features leaders in the research, practice, and applications of mindfulness and compassion to the field of psychotherapy.

The program has a unique emphasis on development of the internal state of the psychotherapist. Strengthening moment-to-moment awareness and compassion; and developing therapeutic presence, empathy, deep listening, and compassion are central skills you build. It also extends beyond ideas and skills acquisition to address the deeper issue of how a psychotherapist can utilize her or his own compassion and mindfulness to inspire clients, and to create a healing relationship that encourages the unfolding of the psyche at its most essential levels.

Mindfulness and compassion have been practiced in a number of contemplative traditions for more than 2000 years. Psychotherapy has recently discovered the power of these practices, which have been scrutinized by neuroscientific researchers and applied in a variety of creative ways that enhance psychological healing and deep intrapsychic unfolding. Mindfulness invites us to observe and connect with our internal experience without judgment. It is used in sensory-motor processing for the treatment of trauma, DBT for work with borderline and self-regulation issues, Hakomi mindfulness-based psychotherapy for psychodynamic exploration, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, and mindfulness-based stress reduction, to name just a few contemporary applications. Research has demonstrated that mindfulness can modulate anxiety and depression, and regulate emotional activation by reducing activity in the amygdala and increasing it in the prefrontal cortex. It can lower blood pressure and enhance the immune system, increase attention and focus, and help people with ADHD. Mindfulness literally changes how the brain functions.

Mindfulness can increase the effectiveness of psychotherapy by applying it technically and by using it to create an internal therapeutic presence that evokes the best and deepest changes in clients. The Mindfulness and Compassion in Psychotherapy (MCP) certificate program addresses both of these aspects of practice.


Program Benefits

By enrolling in the Mindfulness and Compassion in Psychotherapy Certificate program you have the rare opportunity to:

  • Receive ample individual attention as you study intensively in small groups led by experts and pioneers in the field of mindfulness and compassion in psychotherapy.
  • Build professional collaborations and networks with those who share your passion for the subject.
  • Receive Continuing Education Units (CEs)-please check the class schedule carefully to see which courses are available for CEs for MFT, LCSW, RN and which courses are available for CEs for PSY.
  • As part of your enrollment, you receive ongoing discounts on select Public Programs & Performances events.