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 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.


Reclaiming the Heart (NPS101)     1.5 CE credits for each class session

Mondays, 8—9:30 PM (March 23—May 25) 

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 18. Instructor: Sylvia Gretchen, assisted by Erika Rosenberg. Students wishing to join this ongoing course must have a background in Nyingma Psychology or Kum Nye and have the consent of the instructor.



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.


Working with Lower Body Energy (KNR102)     1.5 CE credits for each class session.

Wednesdays, 6:15—7:45 PM (March 25—May 27)

This drop-in 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.

(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. Based on Tarthang Tulku’s Tibetan Yoga.

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

Spring 2015 Workshops


Preparation for the Time of Death: The Bardo is Now! (NPR405), April 11     5 CE credits

Special meditation practices in Tibetan Buddhism are associated with the bardo, the period between death and rebirth. Nyingma masters instruct us not to wait until this difficult time, but instead to see change—death and rebirth—in every new moment. This workshop presents practices designed to heighten our ability to make positive choices at crucial times in our lives. Lecture and discussion will include practical suggestions from the Tibetan tradition on how to maintain optimal conditions during the days that proceed and follow the time of death.

Cost: $80. Instructors: Sylvia Gretchen and Elissa Slanger. Open to all levels of students.


Self-Image (NPS405), April 18     5 CE credits

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 Olivia Hurd. Based on Tarthang Tulku’s Openness Mind. Open to those with some experience in meditation or Nyingma Psychology.


Compassion, Mindfulness, and Well-Being (NPS408), May 9    5 CE credits

This workshop offers meditation practices, experiential exercises, and discussion designed to help people build skills for connecting with their own good nature and learning how to extend that kindness to others. We will see how building the heart can build courage and the willingness to engage each moment more fully.

Cost: $80. Instructor: Erika Rosenberg. Open to all levels of students.

Click here for a complete schedule of 2015 Spring workshops which begin March 14, 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