Earn a Certificate in Mindfulness and Psychotherapy
The Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy's Certificate Program
Now entering its 8th year, this groundbreaking program lets you participate online from the comfort of your own cushion, or, attend in person in the Boston area. Either way, you’ll learn from a distinguished faculty. Go on retreat to deepen your mindfulness practice. Be a part of a supportive, interactive community that will help you grow personally and professionally.
- Weekly classes, readings, and presentations by international experts
- Opportunities for live discussion, Q&A with presenters
- Ability to view weekly presentations at your own convenience, from any time zone
- Small group sections (approximately 15 members)
- Regular “office hours” for group discussion moderated by seasoned mindfulness-informed clinicians
- Ongoing meditation instruction and support from seasoned meditation teachers
- Small group clinical consultation
- Two residential retreats for didactic and meditation instruction/practice
"My life is richer because of my participation in this group and the people I have met. I am grateful." - Cecilia Fernandez-Hall, Ph.D
"It is hard to verbalize the surprisingly profound impact this experience (so much more than a course) has had on me. It has been so complete—spiritually, emotionally, professionally and intellectually." - Amanda Peacock, LCSW
Who should attend?
Psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, psychiatric nurses, licensed mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, and other professional care givers are invited to apply to the program. Preference will be given to those who are well established in their clinical practice, who have had at least some exposure to mindfulness meditation, and who wish to deepen their understanding of mindfulness and its clinical applications.
- Experience as a mental health clinician or other professional care giver.
- This course involves a strong experiential component in the form of developing and continuing a daily personal mindfulness practice. Applicants should have enough personal experience of mindfulness (or a closely related practice) to enable them to make an informed decision before committing to the course.
- Applicants will be screened for admission by the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy.
How will a certificate in Mindfulness influence your practice?
A doctoral dissertation based on two years of data from the Certificate Program found that the program raised therapists’ compassion, their sense of self-compassion, showed statistically significant reduction in burnout, and increased perspective taking. - Rissman, Laura Sideman (2013). A Program Evaluation of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy’s Certificate Program, Wright Institute.
Testimonials from previous students
Here’s some unsolicited feedback from course graduates...
"This was a great place to be. It seemed OK to be really present. I felt myself reach." - Suzanne Vick, RN
“I just want to tell you how much I am enjoying this course…the information is so rich and meaningful to me and the others are so interesting and interested that I feel at home with my new Sangha.” Kate Beers, MSW
“The experience in the Mindfulness & Psychotherapy course has been absolutely transformative for me. Not only has it been personally enriching, but it has also sparked new professional developments and interests.” Jennifer Earls, MA
"Every wish I had for developing a sangha, a community of therapists of “like mind” and an increased knowledge of applying mindfulness to my work in multiple ways has been fulfilled … I feel it is invaluable in many ways." - Barbara Van Zoeren, LICSW
"I have gotten so much out of the class/program so far this year. It has been transformative for me, both personally and professionally. I use what I am learning in this class every day, both in my work with clients as well as in the rest of my life. You have created an emotionally safe, intellectually stimulating and interpersonally rich context in which to learn and grow. Thank you, thank you, thank you." – Paula Fuchs, Psy.D.
"[This] has been transformative for me personally and professionally—what a fabulous sangha it’s been and a tantalizing intellectual journey as well." - Laura Warren, MD
"When I signed up for the class, it was done to help me bring mindfulness into my work. As it turns out, something that I had not expected has happened—I have brought meditation and mindfulness into my own life in a way that has become so important and valuable to me, and has had a deep impact on my life." - Jeanne Mahoney, MSW
"How fortunate to have been part of the Institute, and I hope to carry the work and teachings forward to others in the generous spirit with which it was imparted to us. I have deeply taken in the experience and what I have learned about being in the present moment is also shaping my forward plans. Honestly, it is a challenge to put the gratitude into words that come close to what I feel about IMP. Thank you." - Dora Ives, MSW
"I just wanted to say again how thrilled I am to be part of this program. Each week I'm more & more amazed at the line-up of incredible teachers we've had. When I talk to colleagues about it they are so impressed. Thanks again for this opportunity." - Ann Biasetti, LICSW
"I know my staff is utilizing these trainings for their own well-being. I have spoken to several staff members in our division who have also shared how they are working differently with self-compassion. So, thank you for knowledge, training and care you share, and the rippling out it allows for your students to bring into our worlds. I know my breath has never left me, but somehow I feel like I have found it and connected to the source...What hope and life! Thank you." - Molly Payne, MA
"This has been such an important experience for me…. The combination of the course material, the commitment to – and support of – meditation and the wonderful connections in the group has had an enormously positive impact on both my life and my work. Introducing aspects of mindfulness into my clinical work has begun to add a new energy and another dimension to the therapy." - Barbara Furstenberg, Psy.D.
"Almost a year has passed, an incredibly self-fulfilling year. Before arriving to Boston…I found this amazing and unique program, a program I was looking for without even knowing so. There is a saying: “The path is wiser than the one taking it,” and this is exactly how I feel. Without even knowing, I found precisely what I needed. The incredible classes, exciting speakers, relaxing retreats, new friends and of course you, all made this year simply unforgettable. I sincerely want to thank you for this opportunity." - Hila Brukman, art therapist
For more information
Paul R. Fulton, EdD, Course Director