Boulder Psychotherapy Institute

Advanced Training in Applied Existential Psychotherapy (AEP) — since 1989

An Experiential Psychodynamic Gestalt Approach   •   Boulder, Colorado

Boulder Psychotherapy Institute Advanced Certification Program

Certification.The Boulder Psychotherapy Institute offers Advanced Certification in Applied Existential Psychotherapy (AEP). The program includes a minimum over 400 hours of training, practice, process, supervision, video review and a final project. Classes may be taken separately or as part of the overall certification program. Certificates of Study are given for completion of each class and each level. The Advanced Certificate is given at the completion of the entire program.

Modules. Modules 1 or 4 are prerequisites for all other modules. Ongoing Video Review, Supervision, Practice, and Process Groups may be taken at any time during the program when there is an opening in a group. The final project should be completed by the end of the program. The next Level I modules are scheduled for February 2013-June 2014. The next Level II modules are scheduled for November 2014-December 2015. AEP Dream and Theory trainings taken in 2011-12 count toward the certificate.


AEP Level I (180 hours total - Modules may be taken together or separately)

Module 1: AEP Individual Training. 60 hours

Module 2: AEP Couples Training. 60 hours

Module 3: AEP Group Training. 60 hours

Level II (144 hours total - Modules may be taken together or separately)

Module 4: AEP Theory: Roots, Philosophy, and Clinical Theory. 48 hrs

Module 5: AEP Dream Training. 48 hours

Module 6: AEP Approach to Body, Character Structure and Trauma. 48 hours

Video Review, Practice, Process, and Supervision (These are ongoing groups offered various times and days):

Process Group: 60 hours

Practice Group: 30 hours

Supervision or Video Review Group: 30 hours

Total: 120 hours

Final Project: AEP Principles and Interventions: A Written Analysis of A Transcript of An AEP Individual, Couple or Group Video Session - Written Permission of Subjects Required

Summer International Institute: Individual Training Model taught in 2-week summer format. 60 hours. International and local students are welcome. The first Institute is scheduled for the end of August 2014.

Scope and Purpose of Training:

Our training program and individual workshops are designed for skills enhancement and training for mental health professionals and graduate students. They are not designed to provide credentials leading to licensure in any mental health field. This training is supplementary and ancillary to formal education and credentials.

Training and supervision may be used to fulfill continuing Continuing Professional Development hours for Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Social Workers, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Addiction Counselors, Certified Addiction Counselors II and III, and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists in the state of Colorado. Check state requirements at for specific guidelines.

Students in our workshops or training program agree to abide by the legal and ethical guidelines and requirements with regard to the practice of psychotherapy in the state, province or country wherein they reside or work (or will reside or work). They also agree not to practice outside the legal and ethical requirements of that state, province or country. This includes practicing psychotherapy only if they have the proper credentials and training as required by that state, province or country.

Students take sole responsibility for knowing and following the appropriate ethical and legal guidelines and requirements in any state, province or country where they are employed or choose to practice.

BPI Faculty:

Betty Cannon, Ph.D., BPI President and Founder. Betty is a licensed psychologist and certified Gestalt therapist who has worked with individuals, couples and groups in Boulder for over 30 years. She is the author of Sartre and Psychoanalysis and numerous articles and book chapters on existential therapy. She is the originator of AEP. She is professor emerita at the Colorado School of Mines and adjunct professor at Naropa University.

Reed Lindberg, M.A., L.P.C., BPI Managing Director. Reed is a relationship therapist who has worked with individuals and couples for over 25 years. Reed makes the videos, manages training and supervises students at BPI. He is co-author with Betty Cannon of a book chapter on AEP Couples Therapy. He is currently co-authoring a book with her on Applied Existential Psychotherapy.

Deborah Bowman, Ph.D. Deborah is a licensed psychologist and certified Gestalt therapist who has worked with individuals, couples and groups for over 30 years. She is the former President of Boulder Graduate School and co-founder and former chair of the Transpersonal Counseling Psychology Masters Program at Naropa University. She is the author of The Luminous Buddha and co-author of When Your Spouse Comes Out.

Chase-Jacobsen, L.C.S.W. is a certified Gestalt therapist, Certified Imago Relationship Therapist and trauma therapist certified in Somatic Experiencing and Brainspotting. She has worked with individuals, couples and groups in Boulder for over 25 years. She is adjunct faculty at Naropa University.

Robyn Chauvin, M.A., L.P.C. Robyn is a Certified AEP Therapist and Board Certified Music Therapist. She has over 15 years experience working in private practice, inpatient psychiatric hospitals and hospice. She is adjunct faculty at Naropa University. Robyn is currently writing a book on Gender Construction and Freedom: An AEP Approach.

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