MindBody Therapy is a holistic approach to healing the psychological, spiritual, and physical. It encompasses a wide range of methodologies – from holistic, humanistic, and somatic psychology to contemplative and eastern healing practices. It also draws from a number of traditions that span thousands of years, from the earliest Vedic practices of ancient India to present day scientific research.
This holistic certification program recognizes that our thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and attitudes can affect our biological functioning. Just as what we eat, our posture, the way we move, even our relationships with other people and the environment can impact our mental state. This is to say that every aspect of our life is in connection with one another. The intention of MindBody therapy is to support the processes of healing and transformation while working with every aspect of an individual- psychologically, psychically, spiritually, energetically, socially, and environmentally. In MindBody therapy a practitioner recognizes the interwoven connection between these aspects of an individual and works in an integrative capacity to enhance vitality and well-being.
Modalities taught within this program aim to identify a client’s strengths and increase their resilience and personal resources for healing and sustained wellness. Classes will draw on: Somatic / Embodied Psychology, Contemplative Therapy, Mindfulness, Transpersonal / Eastern Psychology, Internal Family System (parts work), Somatic Experiencing (Trauma Therapy), Somatic Stress Release, Humanistic and Strength Based Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, Social Activism, Focusing Technique, MindBody Medicine, Body-Mind Centering, The Realization Processes and more.
STUDENTS WILL LEARN TO:
Our program curriculum is designed to cultivate three core areas of competency that are necessary for a comprehensive and embodied understanding of the MindBody Therapy field.
You will be guided through the rich history of MindBody research and theory that offers both a context and map to facilitate sessions from a holistic, integrative, and evidence-based perspective.
To facilitate the change we wish to see in the world, we must first embody the wisdom we aspire to share. This program emphasizes, through its curriculum, self-practice, self-awareness, and personal growth so that you become an instrument to sense, feel, and guide deep therapeutic processes.
You will discover the diverse practices of MindBody Therapy and through demonstration and practice sessions, you will be supported towards the integration and application of these tools while working with a wide diversity of clients and groups.
You will be guided by faculty towards identifying and assessing skills and strengths derived from the program, as well as areas of learning that can be supported and further fostered.
The training experience culminates with a 5 day virtual immersion in June 2021.
additional faculty announced soon
Dr. Scott Lyons - Program Director
Dr. Rae Johnson - Core Faculty
Dr. Christine Caldwell - Core Faculty
Dr. Maureen Gallagher - Core Faculty
Dr. Albert Wong - Core Faculty
Niralli D'Costa - Faculty
David Weinstock - Faculty
Intro to MindBody Therapy
MindBody Dialogue Skills
MindBody Clinical Skills 1
Neuroscience of MindBody Therapy
Attachment Theory: An Embodied Approach (Pre-recorded)
MindBody Dialogue Skills 2
MindBody Clinical Skills 2
Eastern Origins and Technology of MindBody Therapy
Inner Child Work and Protectors: Parts Work (Pre-recorded)
MindBody Clinical Skills 3
MindBody Clinical Skills 4
Trauma Therapy: A Somatic Approach
Power, Privilege, and Difference in the Clinical Relationship (Pre-recorded)
WHO IS THIS PROGRAM FOR?
This program is a certification process that distills an educational methodology to integrate into a variety of modalities such as:
This is not a licenser program.
Recordings are available for all courses. You can watch them at your own pace. The summer virtual immersion does require some mandatory live participation in English.
PROGRAM DURATION, SCHEDULE, TIME COMMITMENT & ATTENDANCE
The program begins September 14, 2020 and ends June 2021, with a culminating virtual summer immersion.
See Course Dates & Descriptions above.
No. While we encourage your presence at live sessions so you can interact with the teacher, you are also welcome to watch the sessions on your own time according to your own schedule.
Virtual Summer Immersion
The immersion is the culminating event of the online certification program. Students will have an opportunity to connect with core faculty to refine their clinical skills, as well as receive support and feedback on their practice sessions for competency. Competency is an opportunity for students to get direct feedback from faculty, identifying their strengths, as well as suggested areas for clinical growth.
Some mandatory attendance for competency is required. Some clinical skills classes will be recorded. More info will be provided.
The immersion is for those students who feel they are ready to complete the certification.
Some mandatory attendance for competency is required. Some clinical skills classes will be recorded. More info will be provided.
Courses will be in the morning, day and evening EST. Schedule to be announced.
Yes, it is intended that this will be a yearly program.
The clinical classes are cumulative in information with cross coordination between other courses to offer both a wide breadth of MindBody Therapy approaches and depth.
The core faculty that will be teaching courses every semester are: Dr. Scott Lyons, Dr. Rae Johnson, Dr. Albert Wong, Dr. Christine Caldwell, and Dr. Maureen Gallagher.
We also have guest faculty during each semester.
Yes. You may attend the live sessions and communicate with faculty. Faculty will also be participating in the private Facebook group where you can continue to communicate in between courses or if you weren’t able to attend the live session. In addition, they will be apart of the three integrative seminars each trimester and the summer virtual immersion.
Yes. There will be monthly Integrative Seminars as a group to receive support from the program director and faculty.
Dr. Scott Lyons (DO, PhD, MS, MFA, CHT, BMCP/T, RSMT, SME, BMCP, IDME, SEP, CST, BFA, RYT-500) is a Clinical Psychologist, Osteopath, and MindBody Medicine practitioner who specializes in therapies for infants, youth, and adults. Additionally, Dr. Lyons holds a BFA in Theater/Psychology, and an MFA in Dance/Choreography.
Scott is the co-creator of Embodied Flow™ - a school of yoga and therapy, and developer of Somatic Stress Release™ - a process of restoring our biological adaptation system. Scott has had the privilege of teaching Embodied Flow™, Somatic Stress Release™, and Body-Mind Centering® workshops and trainings throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, and Asia. He was an adjunct professor at New York University from 2007-2010 where he co-taught the Viewpoints Studio with Mary Overlie. As an artist, Scott’s work has been performed at BAM, Symphony Space, Dance New Amsterdam as well as theaters throughout the United States and Europe.
Foundational to Scott’s teaching is the principle that we can, through intention, expand our capacity to meet and be met. In this way, we can offer the profound gift to our self, others, and the environment of being heard, seen, and feeling felt at a cellular level. Learn more about Scott at
Dr. Rae Johnson, Ph.D., RSMT, is a scholar/activist and registered somatic movement therapist who chairs the Somatic Studies in Depth Psychology doctoral program at Pacifica Graduate Institute. The author of several books – including Elemental Movement, Knowing in our Bones, and Embodied Social Justice – Rae teaches and trains internationally on embodied activism, somatic research methods, and the poetic body.
Dr. Christine Caldwell, Ph.D., BC-DMT, LPC, NCC, ACS, is the founder of and professor emeritus in the Somatic Counseling Program at Naropa University in Boulder, CO, USA, where she taught coursework in somatic counseling theory and skills, clinical neuroscience, research, and diversity issues. Her work began forty years ago with studies in anthropology, dance therapy, bodywork and Gestalt therapy, and has developed into innovations in the field of body-centered psychotherapy. She calls her work the Moving Cycle. This system goes beyond the limitations of therapy and emphasizes lifelong personal and social evolution through trusting and following body states. The Moving Cycle spotlights natural play, early physical imprinting, bodily authority, and the transformational effect of fully sequenced movement processes. She has taught at the University of Maryland, George Washington University, Concordia, Seoul Women’s University, Southwestern College, Pacifica, and Santa Barbara Graduate Institute, and trains, teaches and lectures internationally. She has published over 30 articles and chapters, and her books include Getting Our Bodies Back, Getting In Touch, The Body and Oppression, and Bodyfulness.
Dr. Albert Wong is the Director of Somatic Psychology at JFK University and a leading clinician and educator in the field of somatics. A Marshall Scholar, he has longstanding interests in the intersection of somatics, psychotherapy, and scalable technology. He served as residential staff at the Esalen Institute for five years. He has been featured on PBS, in Time Magazine, and in the book The American Soul Rush. His work has been published in titles ranging from the scientific journal Biological Cybernetics to the book anthology Radical Spirit. He was educated at Princeton, Oxford, and the University of Tennessee and is the recipient of numerous national awards (Westinghouse Science Talent Scholarship, Goldwater Scholarship). He is the founder of the online somatic education platform, Somatopia and maintains a private counseling and consulting practice centered around somatic psychotherapy: www.dralbertwong.com
Dr. Maureen Gallagher is a Licensed Psychologist (NY, NJ), Somatic Experiencing Practitioner and Faculty Member, Inner Relationship Focusing Trainer, Emotionally Focused Therapist and Supervisor and a Relational Psychoanalyst. Her work and teaching are dedicated to the embodiment of psychotherapy and related healing disciplines, in which she integrates somatic awareness and the use of somatic intervention along with adult attachment work and a relational focus. She brings a broad range of experience and training to this endeavor, including Certifications in Somatic Experiencing, Inner Relationship Focusing, Relational Psychoanalysis, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Integral Somatic Psychology, SE Touch skills training and Biodynamic Cranial Sacral Therapy. Her clinical work integrates focusing, somatic experiencing, relational psychoanalysis and experiential and process oriented models of attachment theory. She has maintained a private practice for over 20 years. She is the founder of Embodying Psychotherapy.
David Weinstock is a certified International Nonviolent Communication Trainer, a Somatic Coach, Aikido Instructor and originator of Somatic Consensus. He leads community workshops in schools, prisons, businesses, intentional communities & organizations around the world. David and his family live in an intentional community in Washington State that they helped found and where consensus and Nonviolent Communication has been practiced since 1990. David Weinstock's original work, Somatic Consensus, spans physical, emotional, linguistic, intellectual and intuitive domains to offer simple yet deep techniques for transforming old reactions into resources for healing, embracing diversity and finding common ground.
Niralli D'Costa is a Holistic Psychotherapist, Embodiment teacher, and Energy Healer, Niralli believes that each of us holds within us the wisdom we need to heal and awaken to our own true nature. She draws upon her long-term study of yoga, meditation, and tantra to support people on their spiritual path and healing journey. As a practitioner, she is passionate about serving people who have traditionally been marginalized as she sees social justice as central to our collective liberation, healing, and evolution. Niralli is a CA licensed marriage and family therapist (MFT #54007), certified eco-therapist, and teacher and practitioner of innovative energy healing modality Syntara System. She has a private practice online and in Los Angeles, CA where she works with individuals, couples, and facilitates groups. Her work as a teacher sits at the intersection of social justice and spiritual practice having been a teacher in Piedmont Yoga’s Spiritual Justice Immersion and worked in collaboration with the Yoga and Social Justice Conference to present workshops in Northern and Southern California. Additionally, she has taught at UC Berkeley, John F. Kennedy University, and in the Syntara System School of Energy Awareness. To learn more about her work, visit: www.nirallitara.com.
The program begins September 14th and ends June 19th, 2021, with a culminating virtual summer immersion, June 15th to 19th, 2021. Please see Course Dates & Descriptions Section.
Each trimester has 5 to 6 courses. There is a total 80 modules in the program, 2 hours per module. You can also participate in three integrated seminars with faculty per trimester. This equates to about 4 to 6 hours per week.
In addition, you will have homework which consists of practice sessions, post course reflection & personal study (15 – 20 hrs per trimester).
A desire to dive into the field of body and mind therapy, whether it is for self-discovery or for the intention to apply these methods to your students, clients or yourself.
We use Zoom for all live interactions – courses, virtual summer immersion and meetings with faculty. You will also be able to interact live with faculty.
Within 24 hours of the live session, a recording will be available to watch if you weren’t able to attend live or would like to watch again. This applies to the courses, monthly integrative seminars and portions of the virtual summer immersion. The video and audio recordings and slides will be available on your online learning dashboard. You can watch the video within the online platform or download to your computer.
Since most of the content is live, you will not be able to watch content before the live event. However, if you aren’t able to attend a course, you can always catch up in your own time afterwards.
Successful completion of final course online written reflections.
1-2 hours a week to practice and integrate some of the techniques learned in the courses.
Log a minimum of 30 hours of practice for the duration of the certificate program integrating techniques into whatever modality you offer
Competency will take place live online between students and faculty during the summer virtual immersion
If you have completed previous courses on MindBody Therapy topics through Embodied Philosophy, you may apply some of those previous credits toward this program. Cases will be considered individually based on category and number of courses taken. Approved credits will be transferred to the program.
This will not reduce the program cost but may decrease your overall course load.
For more information, contact [email protected]
You may register up until the day before the program. You will be sent an online student information form prior to the start of the program which will help us understand your background and assign you to the appropriate groups based on location and background.
The title of the certification is “Practitioner of MindBody Therapy“. Please note that the title of the word “Therapist” is often reserved for a licensed individual.
You’ll receive a certificate of completion from Embodied Philosophy.
Information on Continuing Education Credit for Health Professionals
• CE credits for psychologists are provided by the Spiritual Competency Resource Center (SCRC), which is co-sponsoring this program. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
•The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFT license renewal for programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association. • LCSWs, MFTs, and other mental health professionals from states other than California need to check with their state licensing board as to whether or not they accept programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association.
•SCRC is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP16887) for licensed nurses in California.
If you register and require CEs, we’ll contact you separately about additional requirements you will need to complete in order to receive CEs. Please note, an additional fee of $65 will be charged per course needing CE credits.
If you are a member of Yoga Alliance, you may receive non-contact continuing education credits for some of the material covered.
Note: This is not a licenser program. It is a certification process that distills an educational methodology to integrate into a variety of modalities.
Expenses - Books
Students are responsible for purchasing required texts and other materials. The majority of materials are suggested for further learning rather than required. For each course, you will be given a suggested reading list prior to the start of the course with a list of other recommended materials.
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