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.


Spring 2014

NPS101 Reclaiming the Heart     15 CEs

Mondays, 8—9:30 PM (March 24—May 26)

This ongoing course is designed to awaken self-knowledge and foster inner joy. Class sessions include powerful non-conceptual meditations. Topics covered in the spring quarter include: unmasking judgments and self-images, breaking the contract with inner pain, contacting authentic being, and trusting the inner teacher.

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

Cost: $180, which includes the “Self-Image” workshop on April 19. Instructor: Sylvia Gretchen. Students wishing to join this ongoing course must have a background in Nyingma Psychology or Kum Nye and have the consent of the instructor.

KNR102 Working with Lower Body Energy    15 CEs

Wednesdays, 6:15—7:45 PM (March 26—May 28)

This course presents Kum Nye exercises that energize the belly, hips, legs, and spine. Bringing awareness to the lower part of the body counteracts the tendency to focus on thoughts and personality, allowing us to reconnect to the vitality of full embodiment.

Cost: $180. Instructor: Jack van der Meulen. Based on Tarthang Tulku’s Tibetan Yoga.

KNR415 Stress Reduction through Tibetan Yoga Workshop, March 29     5 CEs

Keys for coping with stressful times come to us from the Tibetan tradition. They include meditation, movement, and awareness exercises that can melt tension in the body and mind. This workshop presents a series of easy exercises to help you relax and be ready to respond vibrantly to life’s challenges. Workshop includes visualization and meditation exercises that can help reverse addictive behaviors.

Cost: $80. Instructor: Santosh Philip. This workshop does not require a background in meditation or Tibetan Yoga.

NPS405 Self-Image Workshop, April 19     5 CEs

False expectations, critical judgments, and negative emotions are rooted in complex images that we hold of ourselves and the world. This workshop looks directly at how self-images develop and how we can free ourselves from their compulsive power.

Cost: $80. Instructors: Sylvia Gretchen and Erika Rosenberg. Based on Tarthang Tulku’s Openness Mind. Open to those with some experience in meditation or Nyingma Psychology.


Summer 2014 Program

NPS102 Transforming Negative Emotions     15 CEs
Mondays, 8—9:30 PM (June 9—August 11)

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)

Cost: $180. Instructor: Sylvia Gretchen. For all levels of students.


KNR103 Kum Nye: Releasing Tension and Restoring Balance     15 CEs
Wednesdays, 6:15—7:45 PM (June 11—August 13)

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

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

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

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