Certification Requirements

The Compassionate Inquiry certification process involves a detailed set of requirements and actions for the Compassionate Inquiry Practitioner to follow in order to demonstrate the competencies and experience necessary to practice the Compassionate Inquiry approach safely and effectively. Certification adds quality control to the practice of Compassionate Inquiry by providing a way to recognize those who have demonstrated the capacity to safely and skillfully use the approach.

Compassionate Inquiry Practitioners

The first group of Compassionate Inquiry Practitioners certified by Dr. Gabor Maté in April 2019.

The requirements for certification as a Compassionate Inquiry Practitioner are as follows:

  1. Completion of all 3 cycles of the 8 modules in the Compassionate Inquiry online program lasting 50 weeks, with at least 80% attendance at 25 bi-weekly Zoom sessions lead by an online CI facilitator (at least 20 sessions out of 25). Participants who miss either: 1) 4 consecutive biweekly meetings, or 2) 10 meetings in total, will be asked to leave the facilitated biweekly meetings and triad sessions, but can continue to view the online materials until the end of the year long training. This ensures that we maintain the integrity and quality of the course for all participants.
    Participants who miss 6-10 biweekly meetings in total, or fewer than 4 consecutive biweekly meetings, and still desire to pursue certification, may continue attending the Biweekly meetings and dyad/triad practice sessions until the end of the year, although they will not qualify for certification. They may register for the next cohort at half price the regular fee, and repeat the program the following year.
  2. Completion of reading of each of the Module pdfs, totalling approximately 600 pages.
  3. Viewing of all of the CI online videos, and completion of short quizzes at the end of each video. Videos total approximately 30 hours.
  4. Completion in writing of the Study and Practice Guide questions for each module.
  5. At least 50 hours of practice work in dyads or triads with course participants in your peer group during the year-long program.
  6. Completion of at least 25 Case Study forms, documenting individual CI sessions where you were acting as the practitioner and demonstrating competence. These will be submitted at the half way point of Level 3 (8 weeks after the Level 3 start date). Case studies can pertain to your peers in your dyads/triads and/or your clients in your workplace.
  7. Video or audio-taping of at least 5 CI sessions where you were acting as the practitioner. At least one of these sessions would visually show you and the client. These are due 2 weeks before the last scheduled week of your designated training.
  8. Assessment of the videos and your proficiency using CI by yourself (self-assessment), from 3 of your peer group members (peer assessment) and from your online facilitator (professional assessment), using the Compassionate Inquiry Competency Form as the assessment tool. You will fill out these competency forms for yourself and 3 of your peers during Level 3 of the training. These competency assessment forms are due on the Monday of the second last scheduled week of your designated training.
  9. Demonstration of expertise and mastery in the Qualities, Skills and Stepping Stones utilized in Compassionate Inquiry, as assessed by yourself, your peers and the certification team member, which may include Dr. Gabor Maté. If sufficient mastery has not been obtained by the end of the year long training, you will have 6 months after the end of the training to hone your skills and then pay for supervision session(s) by either an online facilitator and/or Certification Team Member to ensure readiness for the annual certification workshop.
  10. A review by your online facilitator or certification team member of your 25 Case Studies, 5 videos and 4 Competency Forms is included in the cost of your training if these are received by the due dates listed for your course cohort, during Level 3 of the year long training.
  11. If any of these certification requirements are submitted after their due dates (even if it is before the course end date), payment to your online facilitator or a certification team member for the time required to review your videos and Case Study forms and assess your competence as a Compassionate Inquiry Practitioner is required. It is your responsibility to schedule a review and negotiate the fee for this in advance with your online facilitator or certification team member. This fee is $150/hr minimum and the total will depend on the time required.
  12. Final review and certification will be determined by Dr. Gabor Maté in person at an annual Compassionate Inquiry certification workshop. There will be an additional fee for this workshop. The first one is scheduled for Nov 20-22, 2020 in Vancouver, BC. Cost for the 3 day workshop will be approximately $550. This must be attended in person. Discounts on this course fee are available for those who live outside of Canada and the US to help offset travel costs.
  13. Proof of liability insurance related to the practice of Compassionate Inquiry in your profession as a mental health care practitioner, therapist, counsellor, social worker, MD, ND, health care worker, coach, nurse, somatic therapist, yoga therapist etc., if this insurance is required in your country. You are responsible for ensuring that the practice of Compassionate Inquiry falls under the scope of practice of your profession and is covered by your insurance policy. If no such insurance exists in your country, insurance is not required. You are required to submit your insurance policy to your online facilitator by the Monday of the last week of your designated training.
  14. If the certification requirements have not been completed within the duration of the year long training, allowance is made to submit the certification requirements within 18 months after the start date of your online program. However, if your certification requirements are completed after their due dates during the year long course, you will be required to pay a fee to review them, as stated above.
  15. If the certification requirements are not completed within 18 months after the start date of your online course, you may retake the online program the following year at a cost of half the price of the standard course fee (not the subsidized fee).
  16. From time to time, these certification requirements may be modified.
Requirements to Maintain Certification:
  1. Recertification is required every three years. The Compassionate Inquiry Practitioner must apply for recertification within 30 days of the three-year expiration of his/her original certification date as listed on his/her certificate. If a Compassionate Inquiry Practitioner does not re-certify, all of the privileges of certification listed below are discontinued.
  2. The requirements for recertification include submission of 5 case studies as well as supervision/review of 1 Compassionate Inquiry session with a client either in person, online or via video recording. A recertification fee will apply to cover the cost of this review and to maintain the Practitioner’s listing on the CI website. The recertification fee will be adjusted and announced annually.
Ongoing Participation:
  1. You are invited but not required to participate monthly in dyads/triads with experienced and new participants in the Compassionate Inquiry online program after you are certified. This will keep you focussed on your own psychological growth and mastery as a therapist, connect you to your peers in an international community, and provide you with an opportunity to mentor new course participants. We invite you to participate one hour per month.
Privileges of Certification:
  1. Listing as a CI Practitioner on the Compassionate Inquiry website and being part of a referral list.
  2. Ability to call yourself a Compassionate Inquiry Practitioner and use this designation on your advertising material and website.
  3. Use of Compassionate Inquiry logo and promotional materials.
  4. Link to an international peer support group of CI practitioners
  5. Continued access to the closed CI Facebook group page.
  6. Ongoing access, through an annual membership, to the Compassionate Inquiry course materials and scheduled group zoom calls with Dr. Gabor Maté and/or senior Compassionate Inquiry Practitioners.