- Training & Certification
The Relational Path Institute (RPI) offers APA accredited continuing development certification in Mindfulness Integrative Relationship Therapy (MIRT). Through this training, mental health professionals will receive certification in The Humanistic Existential Approach to Relationship Therapy (HEART). By becoming certified practitioners, they will become specialists in couple therapy.
Through teaching, practice, personal exploration, supervision and mentoring, this training provides participants with an integrative and in-depth knowledge of the main theories of relationship therapy, including: Imago, Emotionally Focused therapy (EFT), the Gottman Method for Couple Therapy, Relational Neurobiology, Mindfulness, and the Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy (PACT).
The clinical track of this training involves 140 face to face hours of training, in addition to clinical supervision.
It is recommended, but not required, that participants complete the requirements of certification within one calendar year.
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Through MIRT certification, participants will gain in-depth knowledge about the psychological, sociological, and neurological factors that constitute and shape the path of both romantic, and committed love. This knowledge will be gained while focusing on cross-cultural differences and distinct factors between collectivist and individualistic cultures. Participants will also achieve a deeper understanding of the different relational paths for individuals and couples, while gaining refined knowledge of the psycho-socio- neurological intricacies that contribute to relational success and failure, as well as those affecting the individuals’ ability to enter into and maintain committed partnership. Participants in the MIRT track, will learn how to present the theory learned in an educational format, where they will be able to: (a) coach couples in the journey of committed love, from relational healing and reconnection, to joyful and fulfilling partnership, and (b) coach singles in the development of romantic self-actualization, either through the journey towards entering and maintaining committed love, or through developing an optimal and fulfilling life as a single individual. MIRT graduates will be able to develop relationship seminars for groups, as well as to work in relational coaching with individuals and couples.
Finally, participants in the MIRT certificate training will acquire a profound understanding of their own relational path, as well as develop mindful awareness. The Integrative Relationship approach is the evolution of the evidence-based Existential-Humanistic Integrative Couple Therapy (EHICT), which aims to bring healers into an authentic, empathic and present therapeutic relationship with their clients. In order to embrace such a powerful therapeutic stance, practitioners are trained in the use of mindful practices, as well as in the exploration of their own relational history, triggers, dreams, successes, and failures. This deep self-exploration and self-knowledge is gained through participants’ attendance in two different relationship workshops, and in a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) workshop.
MIRT certification is designed for individuals with advanced education in coaching, education, holistic health, and allied health professions.
Graduate students nearing completion of their coaching, education or allied health professional degree, may also apply for MIRT training at a discounted rate. Students’ applications will be carefully reviewed by the faculty to ensure the applicant holds enough knowledge and practice to partake in this specialized training. Students might also be invited to an interview to be accepted into this program.
*All applications will be reviewed by the RPI faculty and acceptance or deferral letters will be sent to each individual participant.
Individuals wishing to pursue MIRT certification need to complete an application form. Prospective participants can complete and submit the application on our website.
Alternatively, applicants can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org where applicants can ask direct questions about the training, or request guidance in completing their application. An electronic confirmation message will be sent to you immediately after submitting your application form and applications are reviewed within a week of submission. The Institute ensures a prompt response to applicants to provide sufficient time to register if admitted. There is a maximum of 16 participants per year. Applicants will be admitted on a first-come basis.