Contemplative Psychotherapy

ITM is thrilled to have joined with The Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science (NYC) to offer their unprecedented Contemplative Psychotherapy & Mindfulness Training Program

The Nalanda Training Program in Contemplative Psychotherapy is a historic program offering unprecedented cross-training in contemplative theories and practices applied to psychotherapy, direct access to world pioneers in the field, and an ongoing process of mentoring, clinical supervision and community. Students are also thoroughly trained in four discrete meditation techniques and are immersed in the inspiring new field of contemplative neuropsychology. The full two-year Diploma Program offers an intensive, step-by-step learning experience integrating mindfulness and four progressive systems of Buddhist psychology and meditation, with the most promising breakthroughs in contemporary neuroscience, health psychology, and psychotherapy.

TRAINING BEGINS APRIL OF EACH YEAR
Email: info@itmworld.org for details & visit http://www.nalandascience.org/pages/certificate-overview.html

FACULTY: The program faculty is led by world pioneers Robert Thurman, Sharon Salzberg, Dan Siegel, Rick Hanson, and Richard Davidson, and includes the most complete and expert team of contemplative researchers and clinicians ever assembled.

Whether you are a health professional, coach, or educator, or trained psychotherapist, both the Nalanda Certificate & Diploma Program will provide you with all the knowledge and skills you'll need to weave the full spectrum of contemplative insights and skills, together with current neuropsychology and psychotherapy, into the daily fabric of your professional practice and personal life.

Last but not least, the Program will also connect you with a community of congenial mentors and like-minded peers, who can provide a vital network for lifelong inspiration, learning and development.

Graduates of the program are leading the way in developing the most innovative and effective Mindfulness-Based Trainings & Programs, and Clinical Practices across North America.

Deepen your abilities and skills in Mindfulness Studies, Teaching, Clinical Practice and Leadership.

1 Year Certificate, 2 Year Diploma with Supervised Clinical Studies.

*ITM is currently working to have the 2 year Diploma Program reviewed and recognized by the Transitional Council - College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO).

Diploma in Contemplative Psychotherapy

Year One

Year One of the Diploma Program provides a comprehensive foundation for integrating contemplative psychology, meditation, theories and practices into contemporary psychotherapy, and related caregiving fields. This training prepares participants to build mindfulness practice into psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral therapies, and to build loving-kindness practice into object-relational, interpersonal, and family therapies.

Students interested in achieving the diploma in Contemplative Psychotherapy are required to attend additional in-class trainings, covering a comparative overview of Fundamentals of Psychotherapeutic theories and systems, relevant current Diagnostic and Treatment categories, Human Psychology and Development throughout the Life-span, Ethics, Jurisprudence and Referrals, Therapeutic Relationship Skills and Boundaries, Cultural and Spiritual influences, and Anti-oppression theories.
Students are required to complete all readings, watch all video teachings, and submit all assignments and evaluations throughout the year.

The program, through readings, lectures, retreats and personal practice in contemplative studies allows students to develop a strong awareness of the self, one's personal values and attributes and the possible effects on the therapeutic relationship.

Those who are only enrolled in Certificate Program participate in three in-class weekend trainings, plus 5 Friday evenings throughout the year.

*Being awarded the Nalanda Certificate in Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy reflects the completion of all requirements of the first year program, including the initial weekend in-class training, coursework, supervision, and daily meditation practice.

Year Two

Year Two of the Diploma Program provides a comprehensive foundation for integrating the social psychology and meditation and mindfulness practices and theories into contemporary psychotherapy, and related caregiving fields.

Year Two prepares students to build compassion-training practices like self-analysis and giving-and-taking into self-psychology and transpersonal psychology, and to build role-modeling imagery and sublimation practices into guided imagery, narrative therapy, somatic therapy, deep affect therapy, and gestalt therapy. Year II of the Diploma in Contemplative Psychotherapy reflects completion of all the requirements of the second year program, including the weekend in-class teachings, coursework, supervision, and daily meditation practice. Students develop their clinical and therapeutic relationship building skills in this second year. They have a clear understanding of the unique form of psychotherapy they are practicing, and are able to apply fundamental practices and attributes such as kindness and compassion, empathy, respect, and the ability to create a safe, non-judgmental and empowering environment. Students are able to offer appropriate referrals and resources, abiding by current legislation and laws.

OVERVIEW – HYBRID IN-CLASS/CORRESPONDENCE PROGRAM

Year I
3 weekend intensive trainings facilitated by Dr. Miles Neale of Nalanda, and guest presenters.

5 monthly evening sessions (6-9pm) facilitated by Marco Mascarin and guest presenters, for community practice, group check-in process, meditation instruction and practice, didactic experiences and group supervision

For those enrolled in the Diploma program - additional instruction on these days is required.

3 convergent learning modes: coursework, group practice and process, daily personal practice of meditation and contemplative psychotherapeutic practices.

Over 450 hours of in-class/correspondence training.

Capstone project and presentations.

Year II

3 weekend intensive trainings facilitated by Dr. Miles Neale of Nalanda, and guest presenters.
5 monthly sessions (10-6pm) facilitated by Marco Mascarin and guest presenters, for community practice, group check-in process, meditation instruction and practice, didactic experiences and group supervision.

3 convergent learning modes: coursework, group practice and process, daily personal practice of meditation and contemplative psychotherapeutic practices.

Over 450 hours of in-class/correspondence training.

Capstone project and presentations.

Clinical Case Studies & Group Supervision.

500 hours of direct client contact hours (330 hours completed independently in year II & III if necessary).

120 hours clinical supervision.

PROGRAM EXPECTATIONS

Participants are expected to attend all retreats and meetings, complete all home-study, and to develop and/or deepen a daily meditation practice throughout each year. Diligent study and daily contemplative practice are both essential to positive personal and professional development, informing how broadly and deeply you can learn, and incorporate what you learn in your life and work.

OBJECTIVES & OUTCOMES

On completion of the full two-year Program, participants are expected to have:

Familiarity of theory, practice, methodology, and research of contemplative practice as it relates to the professional practice of psychology
Developed and/or deepened a daily practice of two to four meditation techniques
Familiarity and ability to teach meditation techniques in individual and group settings
Comprehensive knowledge of the four systems of Buddhist psychology and meditation
Knowledge of clinical interventions and research with all four contemplative methods
Clear understanding of the psychological mechanisms of healing and change involved with various contemplative interventions
A nuanced sensitivity to the cross-cultural interface of Buddhism and psychotherapy
A detailed, working familiarity with the neuroscience of meditation and psychotherapy
Mastered integrating contemplative insights and methods into their practice and lives
Have a strong foundation in the Fundamentals of Psychotherapeutic theories and systems
Demonstrate an understanding and ability to refer to relevant current Diagnostic and Treatment categories, tool and systems
Have a clear understanding of Human Psychology and Development throughout the Life-span
Demonstrate an awareness and adherence to high Ethical Standards, Ethics, Jurisprudence and laws and policies relating to professional conduct, therapeutic relationships
Demonstrate an ability to offer appropriate Referrals and resources while abiding by current legislation and laws
Demonstrate an ability to create appropriate Therapeutic Relationship Skills and Boundaries
Demonstrate an awareness of Cultural and Spiritual influences, and Anti-oppression theories
Developed a strong awareness of the self, one's personal values and attributes and the possible effects on the therapeutic relationship
Developed a foundation for integrating the social psychology and meditation and mindfulness practices and theories into contemporary psychotherapy, and related caregiving fields
Demonstrate the ability to build compassion-training practices like self-analysis and giving-and-taking into self-psychology and transpersonal psychology, and to build role-modeling imagery and sublimation practices into guided imagery, narrative therapy, somatic therapy, deep affect therapy, and gestalt therapy
Have a clear understanding of the unique form of psychotherapy they are practicing, and are able to apply fundamental practices and attributes such as kindness and compassion, empathy, respect, and the ability to create a safe, non-judgmental and empowering environment.

DISTANCE LEARNING

For those who live outside of the Toronto metropolitan area and wish to participate in our Program, we offer an online distance learning option. Students who choose the distance learning option are encouraged to attend the retreats, are welcome to attend any of the live classes, and will have complete access to all of the weekly lectures via online video and downloadable audio recording. Distance learning participation will not result in a certificate.