New Program Name & Curricular Changes

As we start our transition into a new season and get ready for the new academic year, we are  excited to announce some changes coming to our Buddhism-Informed Contemplative Counseling concentration for Fall 2024. A core Buddhist teaching is impermanence, and this of course holds true for the Naropa Graduate School of Counseling concentrations over time. Before we delve into the upcoming changes, we would like to emphasize what will be continuing throughout the concentration curriculum:

What Will Stay the Same

  • Contemplative and experiential education—Drawing inspiration from Buddhism and the dynamic pairing of Eastern meditation practices and Western psychology, the foundation of any Naropa education rests on a commitment to personal practice and experience. In this concentration, we augment the traditional counseling curriculum with additional Buddhist teachings and practices that enhance the Counselor Identity with qualities of clarity, humility, and compassion to oneself and others. The experiential and contemplative aspects of the program contribute to the training of highly skilled and relationally advanced counselors.
  • Emphasis on self-awareness and cultural/ethical responsibility— Another Buddhist teaching that contributes to the concentration’s vision and pedagogical philosophy is interdependent arising which highlights that all phenomena manifest in relation to each other. Becoming increasingly aware of one’s personal and systemic impact on others is an ethical necessity for any counselor. Our concentration guides its students to increased relational awareness and responsibility through intra- and interpersonal practices and learning in classes, retreats, and, Interpersonal and Community Dynamics Awareness Labs, formerly known as group process classes.
  • Development of counseling skills that are grounded in counselor self-awareness and radical relationship—In the classroom and beyond, students have repeated opportunities to practice their counseling skills grounded in spaciousness, clarity, and compassion with an ability to meet their clients’ concerns and experiences with discernment. Through these training experiences, students gain the experience, tools, and confidence to lead innovative and effective counseling sessions in diverse settings.

What Will Change

Beginning Fall of 2024, we will be rolling out two changes

  • A new name for the concentration: As of next fall, our students will be working toward a degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, with a concentration in Buddhism-Informed Contemplative Counseling. This name change reflects our continued commitment to Naropa’s 50-year-old foundations of Buddhism-based Contemplative Theory and Practice.
  • A redesigned curriculum that provides a more effective sequencing of clinical courses toward student success and added flexibility with summer classes offered online. This new curriculum aligns us more fully with CACREP guidelines and ensures that our students receive the highest quality of education in the counseling field.

Contact Us

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with questions about the changes happening for Fall of 2024. And, if you need any support as you work through your application, we are here to help! 

Wishing you a rich and profound journey.

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Naropa Campuses Closed on Friday, March 15, 2024

Due to adverse weather conditions, all Naropa campuses will be closed Friday, March 15, 2024.  All classes that require a physical presence on campus will be canceled. All online and low-residency programs are to meet as scheduled.

Based on the current weather forecast, the Healing with the Ancestors Talk & Breeze of Simplicity program scheduled for Friday evening, Saturday, and Sunday will be held as planned.

Staff that do not work remotely or are scheduled to work on campus, can work remotely. Staff that routinely work remotely are expected to continue to do so.

As a reminder, notifications will be sent by e-mail and the LiveSafe app.  

Regardless of Naropa University’s decision, if you ever believe the weather conditions are unsafe, please contact your supervisor and professors.  Naropa University trusts you to make thoughtful and wise decisions based on the conditions and situation in which you find yourself in.