ABOUT THE PROGRAM:
SRI'S COUNSELOR PROGRAM is an innovative training combining contemporary theory and practice in counseling informed by psychiatry, psychology, and neuroscience--with the wisdom and practice of Sowa Rigpa. Students complete a Foundations Year of Sowa Rigpa (as part of a blended cohort of Practitioner and Counselor students) and for Year 2 of the Counselor program, experience the dialectical team teaching of Dr. Nida Chenagtsang and Dr. Caroline Van Damme, along with select guest teachers sharing their expertise for topics of special focus and interest. In addition to learning contemporary theory and doing practical exercises in psychotherapeutic intake and counseling, students will learn how to be able to assess clients/patients and their personal patterns along Sowa Rigpa constitutional frameworks and then appropriately instruct and guide their clients/patients through meditation practices, gentle yogic Nejang exercises, and diet, lifestyle, and herbal interventions especially suited to their constitutional type and the nature of any temporary imbalances.
In Year 2, students participate in live online lecture, interactive discussion, breakout sessions of experiential practices, and yogic practices, and over the course of the year complete and share with their class an independent research or case study project.
YEAR ONE (FOUNDATIONS OF SOWA RIGPA) SCHEDULE:
Students watch 4 - 6 hours of pre-recorded videos per week and meet once a week with teacher on Zoom for 90 minutes.
Live sessions take place on Saturdays at:
7am Los Angeles | 10am New York | 4pm Rome
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Tuition is US$3000 for Year 1 and US$4000 for Year 2 (scholarship program is available by application)
A certificate is awarded upon successful completion of the program, demonstrating that Sowa Rigpa Institute affirm's the student's competence to practice Sowa Rigpa Counseling in a professional capacity (local jurisdictions may regulate the practice of counseling; Sowa Rigpa is not regulated, licensed or legally recognized in most parts of the world as of this writing).
YEAR ONE: FOUNDATIONS OF SOWA RIGPA
(Year one requirements are the same as for Sowa Rigpa Practitioner Program)
Fall Trimester: Foundations of Sowa Rigpa (Part One) OR Sowa Rigpa Self & Family Care:
- Root Tantra
- Base of Diagnosis and Treatment
- Body Formation
- Introduction to Materia Medica
- Principles of Diet & Lifestyle
- Sowa Rigpa Psychology
YEAR TWO: SOWA RIGPA COUNSELING
Each of the following topics will be addressed from both a Western psychological perspective and from a Sowa Rigpa perspective with additional dharmic approaches to support integral healing from the Yuthok Nyingthig tradition.
- Attachment Theory
- Trauma & Moral Injury
- Foundations of Family Therapy
- Somatic Therapies
- Sleep & Dreams
- Mood Disorders
- Personality Disorders
- Eating Disorders
- Dharma & Mental Health
- Sexuality and relationships
- Personality Disorders
- Structural Injustice
- Death & Grief
- Ethics & Deontology