Continuing Education Programs for Therapists and Social Workers

Continuing Education for Therapists and Social Workers

The following courses and workshops meet the qualifications for hours of continuing education credit for MFT’s and LCSW’s as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. (Provider: Nyingma Institute #2513.) They present innovative techniques that help manage physical and emotional pain and enhance overall well-being. Some of these techniques and approaches can be directly applied to help clients. We are often told by participants, however, that the greatest benefit comes from providing the therapist themselves tools to stay clear and balanced in the clinical setting.

The course list below gives dates, times, and short descriptions. Following each course description is the name of the Certificate Program or Programs that the course is part of (in parentheses). Clicking on the Program name will take you to a full description of the Program. The costs shown below apply when the courses are taken individually; costs are lower when courses are taken as part of a Certificate Program.

Saturday workshops begin at 10 AM, conclude at 4:45 PM, and include a vegetarian buffet lunch. Classes and workshops are open to those with all levels of experience in meditation. A full refund is given if a program is cancelled or a student is unable to attend.

Please register in advance so that we can have the necessary paperwork ready for you.

Summer 2015 Program

Weekly Courses

Nyingma Psychology and Practices
Nyingma psychology and practices offer unique insight into the human situation and innovative ways to ease emotional discomfort.

Transforming Negative Emotions (NPS102)     13.5 CE Units

Mondays, 8—9:30 PM (June 8—August 10)

Introspective practices and insights from the Buddhist tradition can transform the destructive power of ‘everyday’ negative emotions. Mindfulness and analytic meditations provide specific antidotes to anger, fear, anxiety, and attachment.

(Nyingma Psychology Program; Two-Year Nyingma Studies Program; Path and Practices of Liberation Program)

$165. Instructor: Sylvia Gretchen. No class will be held on July 6. For all levels of students.


Kum Nye (Tibetan Yoga)

The gentle movement, massage, and breathing practices of Kum Nye promote physical and emotional health as they bridge the gap between the material and the spiritual. To view the Nyingma Institute Tibetan Yoga video, click here.

Kum Nye: Releasing Tension and Restoring Balance (KNR103)     15 CE Units

Wednesdays, 6:15—7:45 PM (June 10—August 12)

Kum Nye movement and awareness exercises help us to release physical and emotional tension. Practices in this course focus on giving us tools to restore balance in our lives and deepen our spiritual awareness.

(Kum Nye (Tibetan Yoga) Program; Beginning Nyingma Meditation Program; Nyingma Psychology Program; Path and Practices of Liberation Program)

$180. Instructor: Jack van der Meulen. For all levels of students.

Click here for a complete schedule of our Summer 2015 Courses.

Saturday Workshops

Opening the Heart (KNR403)     5 CE Units
Saturday, August 22, 10 AM - 4:45 PM

 We need to encourage our warm and positive feelings… a genuine openness that is felt as a deep warmth in the center of the heart, which is our inner sanctuary, our own home. Tarthang Tulku, Gesture of Balance.

The heart holds the key to living in harmony and in loving accord with others. Tibetan Yoga practices open the heart to deep levels of feeling and appreciation. Movement exercises presented in this workshop help loosen physical tension in the chest and upper back, enhancing the flow of positive feeling in the area of the heart. These gentle exercises draw on the body’s natural healing energy to ease discord and pain.

Cost: $80, includes a vegetarian buffet lunch. Instructor: Santosh Philip. Suitable for all levels of students.


Tasting Relaxation (KNR405)    5 CE Units
Saturday, August 29, 10 AM - 4:45 PM

The relaxation that comes through Tibetan Yoga (Kum Nye) practice is like rich nectar that flows through the body and feelings. This workshop presents practices that allow us to “taste” this deep relaxation.

Cost: $80, includes a vegetarian buffet lunch. Instructor: Jack van der Meulen. Suitable for all levels of students.

Click here for a complete schedule of 2015 Summer workshops which begin June 8, 2015.


Please call (510) 809-1000 or email us at to register or for more information.


Typical Workshop Schedule

10:00 AM Instruction Session

11:30 AM Tea Break

12:00 PM Instruction Session

1:00 PM Vegetarian Lunch

2:00 PM Instruction Session

3:30 PM Tea Break

4:00 PM Instruction Session

4:45 PM Workshop Concludes