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Courses You Will Take
in Contemplative Psychotherapy & Buddhist Psychology
Supported by an experienced staff, you will discover your inherent compassion to guide others with humility and grace through large and small group process classes and cultivate self-awareness through meditation practice and retreats.
The first year of the master’s in contemplative psychotherapy and Buddhist psychology degree program emphasizes deepening your meditation practice and relationship with your own mind. The second year focuses on integrating meditation practice with clinical perspectives. The final year examines the teachings on the bardo—the time between death and rebirth—from The Tibetan Book of the Dead, providing a powerful metaphor for the ending of your Naropa journey.
Courses in the Contemplative Psychotherapy and Buddhist Psychology concentration include:
Learn how to put mindfulness at the center of your future counseling practice in a master's degree program that extends your study of body and mind to an exploration of heart and soul.
Prepare for practice as a psychotherapist in both clinical mental health settings and the great outdoors through a graduate degree program that explores the transformative power of nature.
Learn to heal both mind and body using powerful somatic techniques that combine clinical mental health theory and body psychotherapy in a master’s degree that’s one of the first of its kind.
The Naropa Difference
One- and two-week long residential Maitri retreats combine intensive meditation practice, meditation instructions and talks, walking meditation, some days of silence, and community work practice. A key element of the Maitri retreats is space awareness. Space awareness practice is done in five differently colored rooms that intensify “wisdom” and “confused” aspects of emotional and psychological states. In the context of personal awareness meditation and community, Maitri space awareness practice will help you become friendly toward yourself in different states of mind and to develop genuine humor and compassion. This often leads to relaxation and fearlessness in working with others.
The third year of study centers around the nine-month, 700-hour clinical internship with a community agency. You will receive on-site supervision while working in a specialized area, as well as weekly meditation practice and small tutorial group work. Clinical internship experience helps you qualify to work as a counselor or psychotherapist in a variety of settings, such as community mental health centers, residential treatment facilities, and social service agencies. The Louise Fabbro Memorial Scholarship is awarded to one or more Contemplative Psychotherapy and Buddhist Psychology graduate students during the internship year of study.
With a strong focus on meditation, the master’s in Contemplative Psychotherapy and Buddhist Psychology degree program will allow you to become extremely sensitive to your own psychological and emotional states. This familiarity and level of comfort with your inner self in turn helps prepare you to work with clients who are in immense psychological distress and empathize with them in ways that counselors without psychotherapy degrees and meditation experience would not be able to do.
Contemplative Psychotherapy & Buddhist Psychology
Professor MacAndrew Jack, PhD, describes what sets this three-year clinical training program apart. Founded on the view that health is intrinsic and unconditional, the Contemplative Psychotherapy & Buddhist Psychology program combines a commitment to intensive individual self-study, an exploration of therapeutic relationships, and an active engagement in community.