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Mount Sinai Psychotherapy Institute - Certificate Program

The Mount Sinai Psychotherapy Institute is a University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine, accredited CME psychotherapy training program that offers workshops and longitudinal supervision. Interactive, didactic workshops combine intensive in-vivo experiential training using standardized patients with electronic web-based clinical discussion.

Upon completion of one of our psychotherapy workshops, the MSPI offers a Psychotherapy Certificate, which involves specialized training by way of longitudinal one-on-one or small group supervision for a comprehensive, individually tailored program of advanced training in psychotherapy. Supervision is provided by psychotherapy experts in specific modalities or patient populations depending on the candidate's identified area of expertise*.

Please see the MSPI Supervisory Faculty information for a more complete listing of the offered modalities/patient populations.

The MSPI Certificate Program aims to facilitate improved therapeutic outcomes through application of both specific models and common therapeutic factors.  Clinical supervision on therapeutic principles and techniques are integrated into practice.


Our program offers:

  • University affiliated, accredited psychotherapy training
  • Professional development for experienced practitioners
  • Experiential and clinically relevant training
  • Interactive workshops with standardized patients
  • One-on-one clinical supervision
  • Award-winning faculty

Educational objectives are related to the specific modality being taught.  However, at the conclusion of this program, participants will:

  1. Understand critical factors related to the effective establishment and maintenance of the therapeutic alliance.
  2. Learn approaches that reduce the risk of therapeutic impasses and negative outcomes in psychotherapy.
  3. Learn specific therapeutic techniques related to work with patient populations or therapeutic models.

The curriculum enhances skills that can be applied across and within psychotherapeutic models, relevant to all psychotherapists. Common factors and the therapeutic alliance contribute significantly to outcome, regardless of psychotherapy model. Furthermore, research in psychotherapy supervision has identified the need to teach skills related to managing the processes associated with therapeutic relationships. MSPI teaches these skills through focus on therapeutic principles related to achieving and sustaining therapeutic effectiveness. Individualized clinical supervision consolidates ‘common factor’ with psychotherapeutic modality-specific skills.


Who Should Apply:

Credentialed psychotherapists** with a minimum of 2 years of clinical experience who have participated in an MSPI workshop.  This program is suitable for supervisory faculty, psychiatrists, GP-psychotherapists, psychologists, social workers, nurses.


How To Apply:
  • Letter of intent outlining your psychotherapy goals are and your related experience
  • CV

Please submit these to Connie Kim at

There is no deadline for submission, as this is a rolling admission based on supervisor availability.

Program Requirements:
  • Participation in an MSPI workshop.
  • 20 hours of supervision with MSPI faculty.
  • Case write up.
  • Evaluation, related to both overall progress, and to achievement of individualized learning objectives.


For more information about the Mount Sinai Psychotherapy Institute, contact:

 *For candidates who wish to pursue the option of specialized training in CBT, an additional modality-specific workshop, such as those offered at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, the Canadian Psychiatric ASsociation or the American Psychiatric Association Conferences is recommended.

**For those pursuing further training in the MBSR/MBCT modality, only completion of the MBGP workshop and the intent to lead a mindfulness group are required for the supervision portion.