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Mindfulness and Presence Oriented Psychotherapy™ – Integrating Compassion & Wisdom- A Non Dual Approach

August 23, 2023 @ 8:00 am - December 24, 2025 @ 5:00 pm UTC+0


To know more: bit.ly/POP2023

To apply for the program: bit.ly/POPAPP23

This Course is offered by Just Being Center for Mindfulness and Presence, Pune, India.

It constitutes a training in orientation – an orientation to Presence or ‘beingness’ and equips therapists with the required skills/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.

The training explores experientially three vital ingredients of therapy that brings about transformation:

The Therapist’s Presence: The quality of Embodied Presence of the therapist
The Relational Space: The quality of Compassionate Presence in the therapeutic alliance
The Client’s Self in Presence: The quality of inner listening that stimulates the Client’s Self in Presence.
The course is suitable for :

Social Workers

Academic background in Psychology/Social Work/Psychiatry at graduate/post-graduate level
Practicing Counselors & therapists will be preferred

The Program is offered in two formats:

Join the program in a fully online format
Join the program in a hybrid format- both in-person and/or online format

Every three months there will be a five day module. The modules are full day engagement.

Course Dates

-Pre- Program Mindfulness Practice begins June 24th, 2023

-Three-hour group supervision sessions once a month between modules

Module 1- August 23-27, 2023
Module 2- November 22-26, 2023
Module 3- January 22-28, 2024
Module 4- March 20-24, 2024
Module 5- August 7-11, 2024
Module 6- November 6-10, 2024
Module 7- January 6-12, 2025
Module 8- March 5-9, 2025
April-December 2025 – Research Project Completion

The Mindfulness & Presence Oriented Psychotherapy™ course is a systematic and sensitively designed course to have an inner experience of Mindfulness and Presence drawing both from wisdom traditions as well as evidence-based approaches in psychology and its application in one on one and group work.

As a unique approach it has been developed and designed by Sandy Dias Andrade, a psychotherapist in Mindfulness and Presence oriented work.

Each module sets the base for a deepening into the principles of intention, attention attunement, resonance and wholeness and bringing this in the therapeutic space.

What the training entails :

The therapist is equipped with background knowledge drawing from interpersonal neurobiology, neuroscience, attachment theory, somatic and energy psychology, trauma resolution principles and mindfulness-based cognitive behavioural work. Key principles from Buddhist Psychology form the base that informs the work and relevant exposition to other wisdom traditions supports an understanding of an interdependent sense of Self. Besides verbal contact, other modalities such as art and movement are also used to facilitate a non-conceptual intuitive knowing that guides the process of therapy.
The course is also a training in formal mindfulness practices that enables a natural flow of compassion and wisdom. It equips therapists to imbibe an attitude of openness, non-judgement, kindness, curiosity and `not knowing’. There is an exposition to key principles that marks mindfulness-based approaches in therapy.
The inner work of the therapist is emphasized as the ground on which therapeutic contact is established and deepened. Hence an ongoing mindfulness and meditation practice and attending retreats is part of the course as well as engaging in one’s own psychological work.
It also equips the therapist with the necessary skills to engage and allow for the client’s inherent sense of wisdom to emerge in a moment-to-moment process.
The course also encourages participants to take the learnings of the course and apply them to their areas of interest and expertise with the populations they work with. In the second year, participants engage in research where the methodologies of research and writing are in line with the principles of Mindfulness and Presence.

Module 1- Mindfulness of the Therapist
Presence Orientation Paradigm
Intention & Attention
Self Care
Therapeutic Contact
Module 2- Compassionate Presence
Attachment Theory & Relational Space
Interpersonal Neurobiology
Self Compassion
Attunement & Resonance
Focusing Methodology
Module 3- Retreat- I
Shamata & Vipassana
Practices of Brahmaviharas
Movement & Art-based Practices
Practices from Yoga
Module 4- Self as Presence
Neuroscience of Mindfulness
Non-Self & Wholeness
Spacious Awareness of Thought, Feelings, Sensations
Principles of Internal Family Systems
Methods of Inquiry into Parts and Self
Module 5- Trauma Resolution & Mindfulness
Principles of Somatic Psychology
Embodiment & Trauma
Research in Mindfulness
Methods of Inquiry
Module 6- Subtle Body
Thinking at the Edge
Subtle Body in Psychology
Intuitive Awareness
Module 7- Retreat – II
Compassion Practices
Open Awareness
Subtle Body Awareness
Movement & Art-based Practices
Module 8 –
Non-dual Wisdom in Psychotherapy
Individual Research Project & Presentation
Completion Requirements:

Attendance of classes
480 hours of Mindfulness Practice
Conduct 60 peer sessions
Conduct 60 client sessions
Receive 10 personal counseling sessions per year*
Receive 10 individual supervision sessions*
Complete Individual Research project

Year 1: 79,000 INR +18% GST*
Year 2: 79,000 INR +18% GST*
*The above Fee does not include:

Personal counseling sessions
Individual Supervision sessions
Cost of travel, stay, food if you are joining in-person.
In-person residential retreat costs.

To know more: bit.ly/POP2023

To apply for the program: bit.ly/POPAPP23

Event Details

August 23, 2023 @ 8:00 am UTC+0
December 24, 2025 @ 5:00 pm UTC+0
Event Category:
Mode of Attendance:
Specific Audience:
Counselors Psychotherapists Psychologists Psychiatrists Social Workers
Event Mindfulness Approach:
Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)

Teacher Profile

Sandy Dias Andrade

Sandy Dias Andrade

Registered Mar 2020

Area of Expertise

Mindfulness and Presence Oriented Psychotherapist, Trainer in Applied Mindfulness and Presence Orientations in Therapy and Counseling, Applied Mindfulness and Presence Orientation in Parenting, Education, Social Organizations and Corporate

Popular Mindfulness Approaches

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)


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