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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).

How can an anthroposophic understanding of the human being enrich and transform the practice of psychotherapy?

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.

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"Anthroposophic medicine is an extension of medicine."
"Psychiatry must be thoroughly transformed through spiritual science."
"Psychotherapy must be founded anew out of the consciousness soul, and must be a spiritual activity, the psychologist's 'anthroposophical task.'"

Rudolf Steiner

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 23-25, 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

Phoenixville, Pennsylvania

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

Program Dates:

  • Information Session:  August 13, 2023 (Online)
  • Module 1:  October 13-15, 2023 (Online)
  • Module 2:  February 23-25, 2024 (Online)
  • Module 3:  May 3-5, 2024 (Online)
  • Module 4:  August 3-5, 2024 (In Person)
  • Module 5:  October 18-20, 2024 (Online)
  • Module 6:  February 7-9, 2025 (Online)
  • Module 7:  May 2-4, 2025 (Online)
  • Graduation:  August 3, 2025 (In Person)

Monday Meeting Dates  (subject to change):

  • 2023
    • October 23, November 13, November 27, December 13
  • 2024
    • January 8, January 22, February 12, March 11, March 25, April 8, May 13, June 10, June 24, July 8, July 22, August 26, September 23, October 14, October 28, November 25, December 9
  • 2025
    • January 13, January 27, February 24, March 10, March 24, April 14, May 12, June 9, June 23, July 14, July 28


Online weekend Modules 1-3 and 5-7 will follow this schedule:

Friday evening:  7:00 pm to 8:30 pm Eastern Time

Saturday:  9:00 am to 12:30 pm, 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm, and 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm Eastern Time (with breaks)

Sunday:  9:00 am to 12:30 pm and 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm Eastern Time (with breaks)

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.

APCP registration includes

    • 7 modules
    • 2 Monday evening meetings per month (less holidays) throughout the two-year period

Tuition Options

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.

  • Option 1:  One Payment of $7,500 USD;
  • Option 2:  Quarterly Payments of $1,100 USD;
  • Option 3:  Monthly Payments with $1,100 USD initial payment.
Please note that the Quarterly or Monthly payments will be set up as automatic payments on the registrant's credit card.  The Quarterly and Monthly payments may be adjusted accordingly so that the Last Payment is scheduled on March 1, 2025.
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