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Spirituality Mind Body Institute

Spirituality Mind Body Institute

The Spirituality Mind Body Institute supports training and research for the development of psychotherapists, healers, scholars and activitists. Graduate students build knowledge of research supporting spiritual and mind-body practices as well as hands on clinical training. Research within the Institute examines the direct effects of spirituality on thriving in youth, to include investigation at multiple levels of analyses (clinical, MRI, genotyping) on spirituality as protective against mental illness and as a source of resilience in building respectful relationships and personal meaning and purpose. Generous funding for the Spirituality Mind Body Institute comes from corporate and family foundations.

Contact: Lisa Miller, Ph.D., Director of Clinical Psychology, Columbia University, Teachers College

A Master’s Degree in General Psychology
Spirituality Mind Body, Summer Intensive 

Our summer intensive welcomes mid-career professionals and adults arriving into a new chapter of personal and professional direction.  Summer Intensive hosts an immersion experience at the union of spirituality and psychology.  This concentration combines the academic rigor of psychology at Teachers College, Columbia with spiritual exploration and evolution personally and professionally.  

We include as our pedagogical space the summer life of New York City, a great spiritual and cultural center of the world. We explore practices and approaches to better nourish the mind, body, and spirit, from the outside in and from the inside out.  Our students are exposed to some of the latest advances in the scientific study of consciousness. 
People with personal mission, to include leaders, activists, educators, psychologists, therapists, and adult interested in gaining understanding of themselves and others, the program will help you develop tools to connect more deeply with family, friends, colleagues, clients—and mostly importantly—yourself. 

Application Requirements
Please apply to the MA in General Psychology through admissions: 

Once you have applied, email the Summer Intensive Director, Sarah Sherman with a brief notification email sharing you name and contact information for a Skype or telephone interview.  In this email we ask that you also include an attachment with a supplemental 3-5 page personal narrative describing your anticipated resonance with the Summer Intensive approach to an MA, and sharing your current personal and professional journey.
All applicants and application materials will be given a holistic review.  Life experience is valued and welcomed.  Participants will not be selected exclusively based on academic credentials.

Contact Us
If you would like to inquire to find out more or have any questions email Sarah Sherman at

Spring 2013 Classes:

  • CCPX 4039 Non-Traditional Psychotherapies
  • CCPX 4199 Jungian Analysis in Theory and Practice
  • CCPX 4199 Issues: Mind-Body and Addictions
  • CCPX 4199  Issues: Principles of Mind Body Unity
  • CCPX 4199 Issues: Spiritual Development in Religious Traditions
  • CCPX 5045 Psychotherapy, Religious Diversity, and Spirituality


Vipassana Meditation: Psychology, Science, and Way of Life
A Lecture and Conversation with Paul R. Fleischman, M.D.

When: Tuesday , November 12, 6-7:30 pm
Where: Milbank Chapel

RSVP Here:

Event Description
Vipassana Meditation is based upon the teachings of the Buddha, and has been revived as a secular form of psychological development. It raises into consciousness the full contents of the mind, and reorganizes thoughts and feelings in keeping with new fundamental insights about one's self and all of nature. These fundamental insights, in turn, are compatible with the scientific worldview that understands all things to be impermanent, changing aggregates that follow universal laws. Vipassana practice guides its practitioners towards a life of harmony, peace, and moral discernment.
About the Speaker
Dr. Paul R. Fleischman is a Vipassana meditation teacher in the tradition of S.N. Goenka. He is the author of several books including Wonder: When and Why the World Appears Radiant, Cultivating Inner Peace, Karma and Chaos, and An Ancient Path. Dr. Fleischman practiced psychiatry for more than 30 years and has lectured widely in the Americas, Asia and Europe. He was honored by the American Psychiatric Association for his contributions to the study of spirituality and religion in medicine.

This event is made possible by the generous support of the Spirituality Mind Body Institute, Teachers College, Columbia University.
To request disability-related accommodations contact OASID at,(212) 678-3689, (212) 678-3853 TTY, (646) 755-3144 video phone, as early as possible.

Tuesday, April 2 (11:00a-12:30p)
Dr. Harris Friedman, Self-Expansiveness: Implications for Transpersonal Psychology Theory, Research, and Praxis.