Two-year training integrating time-tested mindfulness and compassion practices in Buddhist psychology with evidence-based western psychotherapy and neuropsychology.
The Nalanda Institute Contemplative Psychotherapy Program is the leading certification program in the West for integrating mindfulness and compassion-based meditation practices and Buddhist psychology with contemporary psychotherapy, and current neuropsychology. This offering is available globally in 3 locations.Continue Reading Overview
The most complete team of experts ever assembled on these topics will teach you to weave contemplative psychology, insights, and practices into the daily fabric of your professional practice and personal life.
The faculty is comprised of leading Buddhist scholars, practitioners, world-class meditation teachers, pioneering mindfulness and compassion researchers, and renowned clinicians. The program is led by Dr. Joe Loizzo, Dr. Pilar Jennings, Program Directors Fiona Brandon, Javier Garcia Campayo, and Helen Park; and guest faculty includes Robert Thurman, Sharon Salzberg, Rev angel Kyodo williams, Lama Rod Owens, Jasmine Syedullah, Tara Brach, Dan Siegel, Chris Germer, Stephen Porges, Paul Fulton, Ethan Nichtern, Sebene Salassie, and others.
Who is this training for?
This program is for health professionals, therapists, coaches, educators, caregivers and anyone in a helping profession interested in integrating contemplative practice, cutting edge neuroscience, and contemporary psychotherapy into their personal and professional life.Continue reading Who is this training for?
Part of the richness of program is the remarkably broad range of professions represented—all are oriented toward integrating healing practices into their professional discipline. We have had marriage/family therapists, private-practice psychotherapists, psychiatrists, coaches, educators, graduate students, yoga instructors, acupuncturists, Christian reverends, corporate professionals, and hospital-institutional physicians and psychiatrists.
You will join a community of peers and mentors and become part of a global network for lifelong learning, inspiration, and development.
The curriculum is taught over two years. One year is dedicated to Mindfulness-based Psychotherapy and the other in Compassion-based Psychotherapy. Participants may start the two-year program in either year:Continue Reading Curriculum
The Mindfulness year provides a comprehensive foundation for integrating contemplative psychology and meditation practice into contemporary psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, object-relational, interpersonal, family-systems therapies and related caregiving fields. Areas of study include:
• foundations of Buddhism and Buddhist psychology
• neuroscience of meditation
• clinical applications of mindfulness: mechanisms of change and effects
• contemplative psychotherapy: integrative nuances
• meditation practicum: instruction with Sharon Salzberg
The Compassion Year provides a comprehensive foundation for integrating the social psychology and meditation practices of the Nalanda tradition into contemporary transpersonal and self-psychology, narrative, somatic, and gestalt therapies. Areas of study include:
• transforming the mind for social engagement
• self-analysis and giving-and-taking practices
• role-modeling imagery and embodied openness for self-transformation
• visualization and sublimation practices
• meditation practicum: instruction with Bob Thurman
The Nalanda Institute’s Certificate in Mindfulness-Based and Compassion-Based Psychotherapy is awarded to those who complete all of the requirements of that year’s curriculum, including the initial retreat, coursework, meditation teach-backs, daily meditation practice, and a capstone project.
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View a sample from one of our retreats with Sharon Salzberg and Director Joe Loizzo
The program is currently offered through three international sites: New York City, Zaragoza, and San Francisco. The format varies slightly for each location depending on group size, the availability of faculty, and the needs of our local partners. View details for each:
Online learning availability and specifics vary. Please view each location for details.
Core Faculty and Directors: Joe Loizzo, MD, PhD (Director); Mar Aige, BFA, MA (Program Manager, Spain and Latin America); Fiona Brandon, MA, MFT (Director, San Francisco); Ann Harper Campbell, MSN, MPH, NP, CYT (Program Director, NYC); Javier García Campayo, MD PhD (Director, Spain and Latin America); Rahshaana Green, MBA, PMP, RYT (Managing Director, NYC), Pilar Jennings, PhD (Core Faculty); and Geri Loizzo (Inclusivity Liaison).
Guest Faculty: Past and present guest lecturers have included Robert Thurman, Sharon Salzberg, Lama Rod Owens, Tara Brach, Dan Siegel, Chris Germer, Roshi Joan Halifax, Richard Davidson, Paul Fulton, Stephen Porges, and Ethan Nichtern.