Contemplative Psychotherapy & Buddhist Psychology // Master of Arts

Naropa University

Program Description

Contemplative Psychotherapy & Buddhist Psychology // Master of Arts

Naropa University

Do you desire to help others in a counseling setting? Do you want to be fully present with your clients?

The Contemplative Psychotherapy & Buddhist Psychology master's degree at Naropa University is designed for future psychotherapists who are interested in combining the therapeutic insights and methodologies of the East and West with their own quest for self-knowledge.

Through meditation classes, retreats, and individual instruction, this three-year intensive program will help you understand the personal wisdom or "brilliant sanity" we all carry inside. This provides your undergirding as you study Buddhist and Humanistic approaches to psychology and begin your clinical internship.

Because of the deep personal and clinical training offered at Naropa, graduates go on to become deeply compassionate counselors working to help others access their fundamental goodness and natural wisdom.

Contemplative Psychotherapy & Buddhist Psychology Master's Degree Highlights Participate as a cohort in Maitri meditation retreats in the Colorado mountains. Become part of a closely connected student community that will help you refine your interpersonal skills and more fully understand yourself.

Take Buddhist Psychology classes each semester and work with an individual meditation instructor.

Take part in weekly Clinical Tutorial Groups during your internship year with two other students and two clinical faculty. A specially designed meditation practice helps you and your colleagues develop the ability to "be present in relationship." Complete a 700-hour clinical internship.

Duration: Full-time, three-year cohort program

Careers of Contemplative Psychotherapy & Buddhist Psychology Program Graduates

  • Therapist, Rape Assistance and Awareness Program, Denver, CO
  • Family attachment counselor, South Sound Attachment Clinic, Olympia, WA
  • Child and family psychotherapist, Child Guidance Clinic, Springfield, MA
  • Residential counselor, DePaul Treatment Center, Portland, OR
  • Mobile and outpatient therapist, St. Anthony's Point, Hermitage, PA
  • Grief counselor, Denver Hospice, Denver, CO
  • Contemplative psychotherapist, Qi Integrated Health, Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • Psychotherapist, private practice, Burnsville, NC
  • Family and youth psychotherapist, New York, NY
  • Assistant program director, AIM House, Boulder, CO
  • Team counselor, Windhorse Associates, Northampton, MA
  • Therapist, Cooper-Riis Healing Farm Community, Mill Spring, NC
  • Child crisis therapist, Boulder County Mental Health, Boulder, CO
  • Substance abuse services coordinator, University of Colorado Counseling and Psychological Services, Boulder, CO
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated October 5, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept., 2017
3 years
Full time
22,570 USD
Start date Sept., 2017
USA Boulder, Colorado
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration 3 years
Price 22,570 USD