Anthroposophic Psychotherapy Certification Program (APCP)
a Graduate Program in Anthroposophic Psychotherapy
Pre-requisite: Graduated from AAP's 3-Year Certificate Program in Anthroposophic Psychology or equivalent from an Anthroposophic Psychotherapy training recognized by IFAPA (International Federation of Anthroposophic Psychotherapy Associations).
The Association for Anthroposophic Psychology is now offering a certification program in Anthroposophic Psychotherapy. The program is designed for licensed clinicians who have already completed AAP's three-year foundation studies in anthroposophic psychology or who are currently enrolled in this or a similar IFAPA-approved program. One of our goals is to build a community of clinicians working out of anthroposophic psychology. Together, we can discover how to apply an anthroposophic understanding of the human being in the psychotherapeutic encounter.
We will explore the phenomenology of human experience including psychological disturbances: mood disorders, psychosis, addictions, trauma, spiritual crisis, developmental issues and more. We will enhance our ability to assess and diagnose according to anthroposophic principles. Therapeutic indications and insights will be shared. We will deepen our understanding of psychotherapy in the age of the consciousness soul and how therapy adapts to the psychological and spiritual development of the client.
We will collaboratively explore the spiritual dimension of client and therapist by considering questions such as: How can we help our clients better connect with the various levels of their “I”? How can we as therapists maintain awareness of past, present and future while also recognizing the client’s biographical experience within the timespan of their current life? How can we ethically explore questions of moon and sun karma? How can we support our clients in their intra-, inter- and transpersonal relationships? How do attachment, intersubjectivity and subpersonalities inform our work? How can we develop therapeutic intuition regarding the most helpful interventions for a particular client at a particular moment in time?
Through training in anthroposophic psychotherapy, we strive to develop our identity and confidence as anthroposophic psychotherapists as we bring this new impulse into the world. We aim to contribute to a growing body of knowledge and lived experience regarding anthroposophic psychotherapy and to join an international movement of professionals. Our program seeks to work directly with relationality as a means of spiritual endeavor. Collaboration is central.
"Anthroposophic medicine is an extension of medicine."
APCP Program Curriculum
The curriculum of the Anthroposophic Psychotherapy Certificate Program is outlined below. There are seven modules over the course of two years (corresponding with years 2 and 3 of the current 3-year Foundation Program), with two additional online meetings per month throughout both years. In addition to the topics listed, the ongoing self-development and soul hygiene of the psychotherapist will receive regular attention.
The certification program includes seven modules over the course of two years, with biweekly online Monday evening sessions occurring as well during each year. The program includes some required reading prior to meetings, and requirements include three written case studies and a capstone project. Please see the certification requirements page for information on prerequisites and certification completion requirements. Completion of or concurrent enrollment in AAP’s 3-year Anthroposophic Psychology course or a similar IFAPA-approved course is required.1
Modules are approximately 2 ½ days in length (Friday evening through Sunday afternoon) and will take place online, except for Module 4, which is in person and is scheduled for Saturday through Monday.
1Or equivalent, by individual application with supporting documents and determination by faculty of equivalency.
Module 1 (ONLINE) Oct 13-15, 2023
The Life of Feeling and Mood Disorders
Psychotherapy as work with the soul; exploration of the life of feeling; anthroposophic understanding of mood disorders including anxiety and depression; artistic and expressive therapeutic techniques; working with inner feeling landscapes; working with symbol and metaphor (imagination); therapy with clients experiencing mood disorders.
Module 2 (ONLINE) Feb 9-11, 2024
Development and Crisis
Psychological disorders as problems in incarnation; differentiating therapy according to the development of the client; crises in development and possible therapeutic responses (with possible focus on 9-year change and mid-life crisis); child and family therapy overview; promoting harmonious interaction of the sheaths and the soul forces.
Module 3 (ONLINE) May 3-5, 2024
Addiction and Addressing the Will in Psychotherapy
Working with the will in psychotherapy; impulse disorders; substance and behavioural addictions; eating disorders; the importance of access to the “I” in psychotherapeutic healing; the question of homework in psychotherapy; psychotherapy with those who struggle in harnessing their will.
Module 4 (In Person) Aug 3-5, 2024
Integrative Anthroposophic Psychotherapy
Anthroposophic psychotherapy as truly integrative of body, soul, and spirit. Working somatically, including experiencing spacial dynamics and curative eurythmy exercises for mental health. Working with the senses in psychotherapy. Exploration of spatial orientation in connection with personality dynamics. Spiritual activity in anthroposophic psychotherapy. Using the night in case study work. Sharing our experiences and journeys as developing anthroposophic psychotherapists.
Module 5 (ONLINE) Oct 18-20, 2024
Trauma, Dissociation, and Post-Traumatic Growth
The phenomenology of evil, abuse and trauma; PTSD and hypervigilance; psychological dissociation and dissociation of the sheaths; life challenges as a path of initiation; national and generational group karma; the role of finding meaning in psychotherapeutic progress; working with trauma and dissociation in psychotherapy.
Module 6 (ONLINE) Feb 7-9, 2025
Therapeutic Considerations of Spiritual Crisis and Initiation
Spiritual aspects of psychosis and crisis; revisiting organology and psychic phenomena; spiritual emergency; discernment and ethics in handling of spiritual experiences; the dark night of the soul; encountering the three beasts in the psychotherapeutic context; spiritual bypassing; working with spiritual beings in therapeutic work; working ethically in spiritual psychotherapy.
Graduation (IN PERSON) Aug 3, 2025
Module 7 (ONLINE) May 2-4, 2025
Development as an Anthroposophic Psychotherapist
Review of principles of anthroposophic psychotherapy; integrating anthroposophic exercises and therapies in the healing process; developing an individual style as an anthroposophic psychotherapist; self-development as an anthroposophic psychotherapist; engaging in research and collaboration; final presentations of capstones and case studies.
Biweekly Monday Meetings (October 2023 to July 2025)
Biweekly online meetings will include topics such as: the process of certification in anthroposophic psychotherapy; basics of anthroposophic assessment and case formulation; overview of goals in anthroposophic psychotherapy; ethics; collaboration with other therapeutic approaches such as eurythmy therapy, anthroposophic medicine and nursing; anthroposophic psychopharmacology; deepening anthroposophic case conceptualization; integrative diagnosis; practitioner research; text study; certification check-up; case study, case consultation and case presentations; capstone presentations.
Monday meetings occur on 2nd and 4th Monday evenings of the month, less holidays and module/seminar conflicts, from 7:00-9:00pm Eastern Time. See the list of dates noted below under Program Dates. Here is a helpful time zone converter: https://dateful.com/time-zone-converter
Program Dates and Location
ALL MODULES MEET IN U.S. EASTERN TIME
Online weekend Modules 1-3 and 5-7 will follow this schedule:
In-person Module 4 will take place beginning Saturday, August 3, 2024 at 8:30 am Eastern Time and ending Monday, August 5, 2024 at 12:30 pm Eastern Time at Camphill Village Kimberton Hills, 1601 Pughtown Road, Phoenixville, Pennsylvania.
Tuition and Costs
Tuition does not include travel costs, housing, meals or tips.
Upon submission and acceptance of your Application by the APCP Faculty, you will be provided with the codes for registration, so that you can select your payment plan option.