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Core Process Psychotherapy
PQMA Course in Core Process Psychotherapy
Post Qualification
MA Programme
Post Graduate Diploma
in Mindfulness Based
Core Process Psychotherapy

PQMA Programme: Curriculum:
Post-Qualification MA in Mindfulness Based Psychotherapeutic Practice




Entry Requirement: It is intended for participants who are already qualified in psychotherapy, counselling, bodywork forms of practice, orthodox and complementary forms of medical practice and spiritual teachers.  One of the important orientations of the course is the integration of mindfulness-based practice in already existing clinical practice.  Applicants are required to be in weekly one-to-one therapy with a Core Process Psychotherapist for the duration of the training.

Year One: "The Embodiment of Mindfulness" :

Concepts underpinning Core Process psychotherapy such as the relational field, the universal holding field, the nature of being and embodied presence are introduced in the context of basic Buddhist teachings on impermanence, the nature of suffering, the factors of personality and the interdependent nature or co-arising of experience. These form frameworks for beginning to enquire jointly in relationship into our selfstructures derived from early wounding in relationship and primary patterns of traumatization, and for building fundamental clinical skills of embodied open-hearted presence and compassionate responsiveness.


Year Two: "Mindfulness in Relationship"

Builds on these skills and concepts and integrates trainees existing clinical experience with Core Process frameworks for understanding and working with specific selfstrategies and patterns of relating. Trainees are expected to work with two Core Process clients during this year, when ready to do so, while building the cognitive and clinical requirements for graduation. An additional six months after course completion enables trainees to write their dissertation, thus completing all course requirements for graduation.


Module Three : "Mindfulness in Professional Practice" :

This commences following the end of the taught modules.  This consists of a further period of time during which the student completes the remaining work for graduation, under the guidance of a tutor.  This period of more independent learning allows integration of learning at all levels.  The student explores a topic in depth in the dissertation, and benefits from a further period of psychotherapy and supervised clinical practice while uner clinical contract with the Institute.  During this period, the need for peer support networks comes for the fore, in order to hold the work as fully as possible in relationship with others.  Students also receive personal support from a clinical tutor and a specialist dissertation tutor.  In completing the requirements for graduation, students bring together all of the learning outcomes for the training.

There are two clinical pathways for those undertaking this Course: either to work towards graduation which involves having two Core Process clients for six months; or working towards accreditation, which means undertaking a further Clinical Year postgraduation and building the required client hours for registration with U.K.C.P. The M.A. is awarded to all trainees at graduation.

This 30-month Training is held residentially at the Institute currently over 10 five-day seminars, divided into 2 one-year modules. There is also a 15 day Clinical Year for those wishing to prepare for Registration as a Core Process Psychotherapist with UKCP.

Clinical Pathway (optional)

Karuna Institute is a member organization of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). As a training and accrediting organization, the Institute's Professional Training/MA Programme in Core Process Psychotherapeutic Practice can lead to UKCP registration as a Core Process Psychotherapist for successful trainees at accreditation stage. For this there is a Clinical Pathway post Year 2 which includes attendance on the Clinical Year and all other UKCP requirements to Accredit.

In the Clinical Year, this work is integrated with an understanding of professional practice. Supervision, ethics, self-regulations, confidentiality, case history and record keeping are topics which are treated as an integral part of the growth process. Students are expected to be in individual therapy for the duration of the training and supervision during clinical practice until Accreditation.

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