Presence Oriented Psychotherapy : A Non-Dual Approach
(Integrating Mindfulness, Compassion and Wisdom)

  1. Two year in depth and comprehensive course for mental health professionals
  2. Beginning July 2018
  3. Course design suitable for working professional

About the training:

The training explores three vital aspects of the therapeutic relationship.
  1. The Therapist's Presence: The quality of Embodied Presence by the therapist is a key ingredient for transformative change.
  2. The Relational Space: We also will learn to bring this quality of Presence in the therapeutic relationship.
  3. Client's Awaress: We also explore how to bring Mindfulness and Presence for the client.

Mindfulness is a core practice for therapists to develop this capacity for 'Presence'.

This training is sensitively and systematically designed to have an in-depth inner experience of Mindfulness and Presence. Common universal principles across wisdom traditions and evidence based approaches from psychology are gleaned out and these will be practiced and implemented in one to one and group work with peers as well as clients.

The phenomenological and experiential understanding of mindfulness as well as the application of principles from evidence based mindfulness approaches in psychotherapy is the crux of the course.

The training is not in just one methodology but seeks to have a rich exposition to many methodologies that form the basis of creating an inner authentic understanding and deepening of mindfulness and presence oriented principles and their applications.

The small group format of not more than 16 participants also enhances the learning through shared experience. Presence Oriented Psychotherapy constitutes a training of orientation - an orientation to presence or `beingness'. It offers training in specific skills and attitudes conducive to bring forth deeper healing forces in the psychotherapeutic contact.

It involves deep listening where the therapist works with material with the client in the here and now, in an embodied way, responding to what is needed. The therapist is equipped with background knowledge drawing from interperonal neurobiology, neuroscience, attachment theory, somatic psychology and trauma resolution principles. Key principles from Buddhist Psychology, Advaita Philosphy Anthrotosophy as well as Integral Theory will also be explored.

Appropriate skills and techniques are taught to meet the material encountered where the therapist or counellor can draw from as needed to facilitate the client's movement towards greater wholeness. The course also seeks to introduce participants with other modalities of contact, other than verbal, and hence will have an exploration in art based work and movement.

Along with introducing formal mindfulness practices, the therapist also learns to be comfortable with what is emerging with an attitude of openness and `not knowing'. This enables a deeper knowing and wisdom to come through the process. This is a very alive and fluid process, following a moment to moment unfolding where therapist and client work closely together in an atmosphere of safety and trust.

The inner work of the therapist is emphasized as the ground on which therapeutic contact is established and deepened. An ongoing mindfulness and meditation practice and attending retreats is part of the course as well as engaging in one's own psychological work.

The course is a vital combination of theory, hands on practice and supervision, inner exploration and experience in both wisdom traditions and practices from evidence based mindfulness approaches in psychology.

Participants will learn to bring mindfulness and presence for themselves, in the therapeutic relationship and for clients in all domains of experience:
  1. Mindfulness of cognition
  2. Mindfulness of emotions
  3. Mindfulness of the soma or bodily sensations
  4. Mindfulness of subtle sensations or the energy body
  5. Mindfulness of the larger field of awareness
It also offers an in-depth understanding and hands-on experience of psychotherapy and an integration of all aspects of human experience from a non-dual orientation.

The course also includes a self designed treatment protocol with a research focus based on the principles studied and specific to the populations that one seeks to work with. This will be presented by participants in the second year of the course.

For whom is this training

  1. Counsellors
  2. Psychotherapists
  3. Psychiatrists
  4. Social Workers
  5. Coaches


Course designed and conducted by
  1. Sandy Dias Andrade (Psychotherapist in Mindfulness and Presence)

Supporting Trainers

  1. Fiona Parr (Focusing Trainer)
  2. Bruce Stevenson (IFS Therapist)
  3. Other visiting faculty are also invited as appropriate

Course Design

  1. Five Day Intensives (non-residential) every three months
    Two seven day non-residential retreats
  2. 100 client sessions
  3. 50 peer sessions
  4. 12 personal sessions
  5. Small group format to enable group learning and sharing
  6. Supervision in between Intensives on client sessions
  7. In-built Readings and Assignments
  8. Research

Course Dates

  1. July, November 2018 (July 25 to 29)
  2. November 2018 (November 21 to 25)
  3. January 2019 (Jan 20 to 26(Retreat))
  4. July 2019 (July10 to 14)
  5. November 2019 (November 20 to 24)
  6. January 2020 (Jan 5 to11 (Retreat))
  7. March 2020 (March 18 to 22)

Criteria for joining the course :

A background in psychology and/or counselling is needed. Experience in psychotherapy or counselling will be preferred. Attending the introductory introductory course in Presence Oriented Psychotherapy before the course begins is needed.

Certificate* will be provided once all course requirements have been met.

(Fees are inclusive of all modules beginning July 2018, the retreat, supervision and course material. It does not however, include costs of meals during the training. All modules will be conducted in Pune. We will try to ​facilitate​ homestays for those from out of Pune where a basic amount will be needed to be paid to those providing the homestay)

Fees Rs. 48,500/- per Year

For Registrations before 30th April 2018, a discounted price of Rs. 42,000/- per year is offered. Our course for 2018-20 begins from July 2018. Do register your interest for the next batch. Introductory workshops to be announced soon.