Consciousness, Transformation & Mindfulness


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Learn about personal growth through

awakened consciousness, transformation and mindfulness.

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The Certificate in Consciousness, Transformation and Mindfulness is a 6-credit degree program that explores the growth, development and awakening of human consciousness. Students examine diverse theories and concepts of the structures and states of consciousness and the processes that may lead to awakening, enlightenment, and unity consciousness. Through the engagement with somatic awareness practices and by re-establishing the unity of mind-body consciousness, students learn to access intuition and embodied wisdom through personal and transpersonal knowing. Practices of mindfulness and presence are cornerstones of the program.

The program offers the foundation to discovery and empowerment that leads to greater fulfillment, purpose, and effectiveness in students' personal and professional lives.

The Certificate program focuses on the nature of personal development from a holistic, integral, and developmental point of view. 


Classes in the Certificate in Consciousness, Transformation and Mindfulness meet on-site for three long weekends (Fri-Sun) over a 6-month period. Live teleclasses occur in the months when the cohort is not meeting. At the conclusion of the Certificate program, students have the option of matriculating into the MA in Consciousness Studies program. Students can also enroll in the Transformative Coach Training program for a career in Life or Spiritual Coaching.

Courses and Descriptions (6 credits)

CS 501: Stages and States of Consciousness: Catalyzing Adult Developmental Growth - 4 credits

This course provides students with a basic introduction to human consciousness and the nature of its evolutionary transformation. Models of adult development and transformation continue to evolve, and students learn the foundations and current issues of this discussion. Models include Ken Wilber's Integral AQAL model, Robert Kegan's constructive-developmental theory model, and the models of development designed and promulgated by Susanne Cook-Greuter, Bill Torbert, and Jenny Wade. Students study methods of catalyzing their own developmental growth and that of others. They learn the use of these adult developmental models in coaching clients from the perspectives of the AQAL quadrants, levels, lines, states and types. Additional coaching methods include the Enneagram and the constructive-developmental approach to transformative change. Included in this course is an overview of orientation to the guidelines for establishing the coach-client agreement and for practicing ethical guidelines as a Life Coach.

PP 506: Positive Self-Realization and Transcendence - 2 credits

Based on the humanistic psychological concept of self-realization, and grounded in Maslow’s Theory of Needs (A. Maslow 1954, 1971), this course promulgates self-realization as an indispensable requirement for happiness in both edhonic and eudamonic models. The overarching goal of the course is to enable program participants to understand the distinctions between becoming someone and realizing oneself, i.e. from the common meaning of self-realization (i.e., socioeconomic attainment) and the humanistic psychological meaning (i.e., focused on human potential development). Students will be introduced to the concepts of false self and true self, and to the theories of selected authors who have studied the psycho-pathogenic role of personality distortions. Program participants will also be provided an overview of the personal development process, and to the related theories. Course content will include an overview of two fundamental factors for self-realization: a) self-awareness as an indispensable tool for discovering one’s own talents and potential; and b) unconditional self-acceptance as an indispensable condition for allowing oneself to develop those talents and potential. In essence, the course will orient students to effective techniques for facilitating the discovery of one’s own talents and potential, and for identifying and transforming any irrational beliefs that may limit or hinder development.


  Full course descriptions are available in our Catalog of Programs

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Charles H. Silverstein, PhD - Academic Co-Director


Charles H. Silverstein is dedicated to pursuing his deep interest in personal transformation, alternative healing, and the relationship between science and spirituality. He holds an MA degree in Conscious Evolution from TGI, and a PhD in Transformative Studies from the California Institute of Integral Studies. His research interests included higher stages of adult development, transformative practices, spiritual development and personal growth with an emphasis on meditative practices and somatic awareness. He had a 20-year career as an investment analyst and portfolio manager for a large institutional investment company, and was an educator in the fields of science and mathematics.

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