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Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Contemplative Psychotherapy and Buddhist Psychology, M.A.

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Contemplative Psychotherapy & Buddhist Psychology may be said to have two parents: the 2,500-year-old wisdom tradition of Buddhism and the clinical traditions of Psychology, especially the Humanistic school. Like all offspring it has much in common with both of its parents and yet is uniquely itself at the same time. 


Students in the Contemplative Psychotherapy and Buddhist Psychology program move through their studies as a cohort. They participate in small and large process groups throughout the program. The group aspect of the program takes mindfulness-awareness practice into relationship and allows students the opportunity to study their relational patterns in real time. Another important aspect of the MA Contemplative Psychotherapy and Buddhist Psychology program is the five maitri meditation retreats. Maitri is a Sanskrit term that means “unconditional friendliness to oneself and others,” and this teaching and practice becomes the ground for the total of nine weeks that students spend on retreat. Each retreat has a different focus, beginning with a strong emphasis on sitting meditation, and gradually incorporating practices designed to cultivate relational awareness, compassion, and emotional intelligence. One of these practices, Maitri Space Awareness, was designed by Naropa’s founder, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and has become a hallmark of the program.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Opening Retreat 
  • Introduction to Buddhist Psychology 
  • Group Process I 
  • Social and Multicultural Foundations 
  • Maitri I
  • Career Development: Work, Transition, and Path

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    63 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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General Requirements

  • Apply online and pay the $60 nonrefundable application fee. This is the preferred method for applying.
  • An official transcript of a conferred bachelor's degree must be received by the Office of Admissions prior to beginning graduate coursework. 
  • In a three-to-five page, double-spaced essay, please respond to the following, making sure that you respond to each prompt fully: How are you prepared to participate in this learning community, and how would your life and educational goals be reached by attending the Contemplative Psychotherapy and Buddhist Psychology program?
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  • Two letters of recommendation are required.
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    • 950 - 1350 USD/month
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