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Core Process Psychotherapy
PQMA Course in Core Process Psychotherapy
Post Graduate Diploma
in Mindfulness Based
Core Process Psychotherapy
Course Information
Psychotherapy at Karuna

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



Course description

This post-qualification MA Course is an in-depth Training in Core Process Psychotherapy that builds on the foundation of the trainee's prior clinical experience and learning. It presents a mindfulness-based form of psychotherapy which assumes inherent core health within all aspects of human experience.

Core Process principles, models, clinical dharma skills and theoretical frameworks are built upon this foundation, which is applied to the psychotherapeutic relationship and viewed as a joint practice. Participants are rigorously trained in this approach in order to be able to demonstrate clinical competence.

The process of offering a contemplative approach to psychotherapy is facilitated through lectures and skills practice within the context of personal, interpersonal and group enquiry. Given that this Training emphasises the fundamental interconnectedness of our individual experience, one major learning vehicle comprises developing the skills to enquire jointly into relationship itself at depth. The training group learns to cultivate and deepen awareness as a primary psychotherapeutic and transformational tool.

The course content is structured so that basic contemplative and inter-relational practices and skills are developed alongside the unfolding theoretical Core Process developmental model of the self, placed within a wider Buddhist understanding of the non-separable nature of our experience and its illimitable source in pristine awareness. The taught component of this course comprises two years.


Students attend the Institute for block periods of study spread over the relevant period of the training.  All students leave the Institute at the end of each block study period and in the case of overseas students, return to their country of origin.

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