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Core Process Psychotherapy
Post Graduate Diploma in Core Process Psychotherapy
Post Graduate Diploma
in Mindfulness Based
Core Process Psychotherapy
Course Information

Course Curriculum.
Post Graduate Diploma in Mindfulness Based Core Process Psychotherapy - Bristol


Accredited by UKCP



In order to be eligible for the training course, applicants must attend either a Foundation or Diploma course. An undergraduate degree (an honours degree) or ability to work at this level is also required. The course is taught at Level 7 (Masters Level). Accreditation is normally achieved in 5-7 years.

The Course:

Our four-year Advanced Diploma course in Core Process Psychotherapy has been developed over a 30-year period and is one of the world's original mindfulness-based forms of psychotherapy. In Core Process Psychotherapy, mindfulness practice is extended into the therapeutic relationship as a process of mutual enquiry. The training course is an in-depth immersion into personal and interpersonal process that assumes inherent health within all aspects of experience. The course uniquely integrates Buddhist psychology and mindfulness practice with Western psychodynamics and psychotherapy practice and leads to full professional qualifications and accreditation.

The first three years:

The first three years of the course are comprised of non-residential weekends and one five-day residential module over a three-year period, which offers a profound opportunity to deeply investigate the nature of suffering and to develop capacities of compassion and wisdom in relationship. The process of offering a contemplative approach to psychotherapy is facilitated through lectures, skills practice and exchange sessions within the context of personal, interpersonal and group enquiry. This is a special learning opportunity developed at Karuna, which involves undertaking structured interpersonal exchange sessions with colleagues in a small group setting. This process is carefully set up so that participants have the opportunity of practising mindfulness-based skills in a safe interactive environment, while receiving feedback on this work, before starting to work with practice clients.

As far as we are aware, the nature of this training programme is unique to Karuna. From the beginning, the programme develops the student's sensitivity, learning ability, personal responsibility to self and others, along with the ability to mindfully give and receive feedback. All of this strengthens the student's ability to attend to the subtle material arising in a joint psychotherapy process.

The course emphasises the fundamental interconnectedness of our individual experience and - using this ground - deeply enquires into the nature of relationship, personality, suffering and healing. In this endeavour, the training group learns to cultivate and deepen personal and interpersonal awareness as a primary psychotherapeutic and transformational tool. In this endeavour, students are required to undertake 12 small group exchange sessions per year during years 1-3.

After completion of Year 3, students may enter the Clinical Pathway to graduate and accredit.

For many years, students have experienced our four-year training to be a life-changing journey, which has led to both profound personal transformation as well as professional qualifications. We aim to support students through this journey on the path towards a truly meaningful and compassionate professional engagement.

Clinical Pathway:

For those trainees who wish to go on to become an Accredited Core Process Psychotherapist, this is a fourth year in addition to the three years of the Diploma. Members of different trainings and training years come together at this last stage. To enter this year trainees are required to have attained a minimum number of client hours. Active supervision, practiced using the Core Process Supervision Model, provides the basis for a learning process involving trainees, supervisors and tutors. Theoretical input is selected to meet the clinical practice needs of the group, and to provide key updates on nationally recognised models of good practice.

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