FAQs about the Mindfulness Based Psychosynthesis Training Program

1. Why combine Mindfulness and Psychosynthesis?
Mindfulness, defined by Kabat-Zinn as "awareness that emerges from paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgmentally to the unfolding of experience moment by moment" is very similar to presence, disidentification and will in psychosynthesis. As a method, mindfulness has established an empirical basis of its effectiveness that continues to grow. It is very compatible with psychosynthesis methods and in combination with the comprehensive view of psychosynthesis, provides a powerful approach to growth, healing and suffering. Read Judith Broadus's article Buddhism and Psychosynthesis for a better understanding of the similarities, differences and inseparability of psychosynthesis and mindfulness.

2. Are workshops the same as trainings?
No, workshops and trainings are not the same. The Mindfulness Based Psychosynthesis Training program provides a comprehensive learning and experiencing of the Psychosynthesis model and mindfulness practice. Upon completion of training, participants are prepared to incorporate psychosynthesis and mindfulness into their professional work, having gained a breadth of experience and understanding about the way in which psychosynthesis and mindfulness enhances their lives, and the lives of others. Workshops are shorter, one-day or one-weekend events that serve either as an introduction to the psychosynthesis model or are issue-specific learning opportunities.

3. Who participates in psychosynthesis training programs?
While the natural and predominant constituency for psychosynthesis trainings are mental health care professionals, others frequently participate in and benefit from the trainings, including masters and doctoral students of the healing arts and sciences, pastoral counselors, business and academic professionals, dance and art therapists, body workers, those from the professional public seeking personal and spiritual growth, and anyone seeking a community of like-minded individuals. The first year of Mindfulness Based Psychosynthesis Training programs is open to everyone who has dedicated their life to service while the second year of training is open to trainees who have the opportunity to apply psychosynthesis in a non-clinical setting such as coaching, organizations, personal growth, body based methods etc.. The third year is open to students and professionals who are state licensed to provide mental health care.

4. How do I apply to this training?
You can apply online.

5. Can I reserve a space in a training without submitting my completed application?
No. Only those who have submitted a completed application may be placed on the roster, though acceptance into the training is determined by the subsequent application review process and payment of the deposit fee.

6. Can I apply if I'm not a therapist?
Yes. While many participants are therapists and counselors, we welcome participation from anyone who has a personal or professional interest in learning mindfulness and the psychosynthesis model and who has a sincere commitment to the process of doing so. Only the third year of training is restricted to mental health professionals.

7. When will I know whether or not I've been accepted?
Once the staff receives your completed application, it generally takes 1-2 weeks for it to be reviewed and finalized. You will be notified by email at that time.

8. Are the training sessions the same as therapy?
Although training sessions are likely to be beneficial, they are NOT therapy and trainees who may need therapy are encouraged to seek therapy in addition to the training sessions. Training sessions serve the purpose to demonstrate and deepen the learning to one's own process and personal circumstances. Generally, the topic of the weekend serves as a starting point for the session.

9. How much does the training cost?
Tuition: At the present time the tuition for training is $900 (includes weekend program, online training resources, and mentoring, but no sessions).

10. What is your refund policy?

For withdrawals that occur after a training has begun, tuition payments for training weekends are required up to the time that notification of withdrawal is given. Participants who withdraw from the training will need to pay a cancelation fee of $250.

11. Who leads the trainings?
The trainings are led by the training staff, who have a vast array of psychosynthesis experience as therapists and who have been extensively trained as psychosynthesis trainers as well as in meditation instruction. Further, guest teachers Tom Yeomans and Ann Gila have also contributd to the training materials. Information about the training staff is available here.

12. What is the schedule of trainings?
Mindfulness based psychosynthesis training program meets for eighteen weekends over the course of three years. Between the weekends, there will be online learning opportunities and assigned readings. For online students, an intensive training course of 4-5 days will be additionally offered to obtain "live" experience.

13. What do I learn in a mindfulness based psychosynthesis training program?

Proficiency in the theory and practice of Mindfulness Based Psychosynthesis with different levels of applications
In addition to thoroughly learning psychosynthesis theory and practice, the program invites participants to explore their own inner worlds in a safe, nurturing context.


-Develop an understanding of the conceptual basis of the psychosynthesis model and mindfulness;

-Apply mindfulness and basic psychosynthesis techniques to themselves and others in nonclinical and clinical settings

-Take advantage of the opportunities the training offers for personal development

The format includes meditation practice, talks, discussion, demonstration, experiential exercises, and small group supervision and practice.

14. What materials are required for a training?
The materials required will be listed prior to the training and is offered online. The total purchase price of suggested materials is less than $100 each year.

15. Can I earn CE's (Continuing Education credits) for my training?
Currently, the program is not eligible for CE.

16. Does the program have a policy regarding dual relationships?

The Staff  is committed to creating a safe container for all trainings and seeks to do everything possible to maintain the safety and ethics of our highly experiential weekends. To that end, we are sensitive to the potential difficulties of any type of dual relationship between trainer and participant or participant and participant and implemented the policy that the staff person who provides the personal training sessions is not involved in any didactic training activities during that year. Therefore, we recommend you review the roster for your program and determine if you are in a dual relationship with any other participant. If you are in a dual relationship, particularly supervisory or therapeutic, the staff advises you to speak with that person before beginning the training. In order to respect the confidentiality of your dual relationship, please address the situation directly. Different states have different policies for counselors and therapists regarding dual relationships. Therefore, applicants and staff are expected to take responsibility for checking with their particular state's governing policies and adhering to the professional standards for dual relationships as outlined by that state. Applicants and staff are also expected to adhere to the governing policies of their professional discipline regarding dual relationships. Please contact the staff if you have any questions or concerns. The  highest priority is to create and maintain a safe and ethical learning environment.

17. Does the program have a policy regarding discrimination, accessibility and grievances?

The program maintains a nondiscriminatory bias towards age, race, gender, and sexual orientation. Special requests for accommodations can be indicated on the application form. Unfortunately, the videos are not close captioned for the hearing impaired. Grievances regarding the training or a staff member can be presented to any of the staff members, any of the board members of the Kentucky Center of Psychosynthesis.

last updated: 6/17/15