Offering a seamless blend of the essence of many wisdom traditions and contemporary psychological frameworks for mental health professionals as well as those interested in holding listening spaces for individuals and communities.
Our in-depth and comprehensive trainings are uniquely designed and delivered by Sandy Dias Andrade. She brings her vast experience and training in varied Mindfulness and Presence Oriented Therapeutic Approaches and in Embodied Listening together under one roof.
Offered by Just Being Center for Mindfulness and Presence, Pune, in collaboration with St. Mira's College for Girls, Pune, this one year part-time PG diploma is open to all who would like to offer a listening space to people with Mindfulness as a base. You don't need to have any specialized background for this, but just a willing heart to hold a listening space.
Jointly offered by Just Being Center for Mindfulness and Presence, Pune & Centre for Lifelong Learning- Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, this two year part-time course constitutes a training in orientation – an orientation to Presence or 'beingness'. It also equips therapists with the required skills and attitude to deeply listen. This allows for deeper healing forces to emerge in psychotherapeutic contact and to facilitate the client’s movement towards a felt sense of wholeness that also deeply honours the human experience.
'Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is an evidence-based group modality to prevent relapse of anxiety and mood disorders. It combines the tools of cognitive therapy with the practice of mindfulness meditation. The non-residential four day training is in line with international standards. It is the first step towards becoming a MBCT Facilitator. This training is recognized as a prerequisite to an international certification as an MBCT Facilitator through the Center for Mindfulness Studies, Toronto, Canada.
International trainings in MBSR and MSC
Which are the flagship trainings ?
Our two flagship trainings are a one year accredited Post Graduate Diploma in Mindfulness Based Counseling: Listening with Embodied Presence, in collaboration with St. Mira’s College, Pune and a two year accredited Post Graduate Diploma in Mindfulness & Presence Oriented Psychotherapy - Integrating Compassion & Wisdom: A Non-Dual Perspective, in collaboration with the Centre for Life-long Learning, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (CLL-TISS). Both these part-time courses designed for working professionals are attended by people from all over India and other countries as well.
Who are the trainings for ?
These accredited part-time courses are meant for mental health professionals as well as those interested in holding listening spaces for individuals and communities.
Which are the other trainings apart from Flagship programs?
We also offer international certifications in well researched Mindfulness and Presence modalities such as Focusing and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
"From my first conversation, I have felt a deep resonance with the vision of the centre. Going through the course was a process of self-actualization for me on many levels. Every discussion and interaction has taught me so much; not only knowledge of the subject but an inner-understanding. It is rare in these times to come across such a genuine team of people with deep knowledge, integrity and such empathy. I feel so much joy and privilege to be connected with JBC."
Doing the Presence Oriented Therapy course was one of the best decisions and investments I have made as a mental health professional. Learning under Sandy has brought a fundamental grounding, awareness and attunement to my work with clients. Sandy has been one of the most important teachers in my life. My earlier academic training and reading theory taught me a great deal about what psychotherapy is. My training with Sandy has taught me much more about what BEING a therapist is!
This course has been curated with careful clinical judgment of the knowledge, skills and practice that a therapist needs. The flow of the course is beautiful. I love how various perspectives of psychotherapy, psychology and philosophy are included together. Sandy’s gentle, compassionate presence and vast professional experience makes this course very unique and depth-oriented. This course has been way beyond my expectations and deepened my theoretical grounding and therapeutic processing skills.
The course is immersive and touches a place within you which you have been ready to meet but never have because you did not learn to just let it be. It compels you to slow it down and look within the reality that exists in the here and now. Sandy and the space that she creates allows you to not only experience this state of 'sahejta' but also helps you learn how to hold the space for others. The biggest takeaway for me is the deep silence that comes with the pause.
This course has helped me much more than I had expected. I came to this course wondering if I wish to pursue a career in counselling. This set the ground for me. One of the peers (a clinical psychologist) said, “This course orients you to the human side of the counselling process.” The course definitely has helped me become a better listener in the counselling process, and I also see myself growing as a human being. I’ve benefited from the course on different levels.
"A journey full of experiences is the one worth cherishing for a lifetime. Well, this journey at Just Being would be the one, the polaroids of which I shall carry around with me everywhere. Being connected with the center has given me a new perspective to look at life, and has helped me soulfully define a way of being. The warmth of the space and the Just Being family will always hold a special place in my heart."
Attending the listening course at Just Being has been one amongst the life changing events for me. Delving into the deep waters of emotions and being present in the very moment was the greatest picking from this course and also an enriching experience. Being from an engineering background, we are habituated to be logical about everything. I genuinely thank Sandy and Just Being for facilitating my journey into the realm of mindfulness which is beyond the bounds of all conventional logic.
I look back at the past one year with a sense of awe of the learning processes that I have experienced. The presence oriented approach is not touched upon in any other counseling course, and I feel it’s so integral to the counseling process. This has helped me in my approach to professional assignments. Sandy was a role model in every sense of the word- practicing ‘presence’, using participatory processes , and just being herself. I am grateful to the universe for giving me this opportunity.