Note: this page is for those that have completed the CI Professional Online Training. If you would like learn more about the year-long Professional Online Training or to apply, click here for more info.
The CI Mentorship Program
After you have fulfilled the course requirements for the year long professional online training, you may apply for the formal 5 month mentorship program to develop your skills further, or to support you in your initial years of private practice.
If you are not already certified as a CI Practitioner, the mentorship program will prepare you for certification. If you are using the mentorship program as preparation for certification, you must apply within two years of the last day of your year-long CI Professional Online Training.
If you are already certified as a CI Practitioner, you can apply for or repeat the mentorship program any time.
The mentorship program is organized in flexible 5 month blocks. Some individuals may require participation in more than one 5 month block to be ready for certification. Participation in the mentorship program does not guarantee certification as a CI Practitioner.
The next block will run from September 2021 to February 2022.
We will run two 5-month blocks annually, beginning in March and September.
You may participate in the mentorship program to refine your skills, even if you are already certified as a CI practitioner. Some practitioners may want to retake the mentorship program every few years to continually develop their CI competencies.
The current facilitators/mentors for the Mentorship Program are:
Allison Creech, M.ED, ND
In January 2019, I began what would become an immersive and transformational journey in Compassionate Inquiry. As I moved from participant to intern to mentee, I improved my skills, deepened my presence, and learned more about myself. The mentorship program provides a unique opportunity, and for me, the phrase “who you are and how you show up as a therapist” is at the heart of it all. As a CI mentor, I hope to be a resource for your authentic development and to offer you individualized support as you cultivate your practice. I work from a relational and transformational perspective, honouring the unique strengths and capacities that each person brings to the process.
My background is in clinical psychology, medicine, and education. My professional credentials include a Master’s degree and PhD training in clinical psychology and I am licensed as a doctor of naturopathic medicine. I have been a professor since 2004 and along the way have taken advanced training that supports my professional development, including a recent course in clinical supervision. I have worked with students, colleagues, and clients in support of their development and have experienced the benefits of direct experiential process and reflective practice in learning.
I’ve spent the last twenty years expanding my understanding of health psychology, mind-body medicine, and conscious communication. I have a deep appreciation for the potential that is present at the interface of consciousness, emotion, physiology, and energy. As we become more present and connected with ourselves, there is safety and space for authentic expression through our body, psyche, life, and community. It is my honour to be a CI mentor and to help support you in your own process of compassionate practice.
See their practitioner bio here.
Dr. Luke Sniewski
Hi. My name is Luke. As a Wellbeing Coach and Somatic Therapist, I’ve been able to integrate my broad personal, academic, and professional experience into a unique approach to helping others. Today, I utilize mindfulness, self-awareness, and healthy lifestyle strategies to help clients experience more vitality, authenticity, and inner peace in everyday life.
My own personal journey through addiction and mental health challenges brought me back to the world of academia. My doctoral research focused on examining meditation as an intervention for men with pornography addiction. Many men – especially young men – need support for their mental health. Men often turn to pornography because they feel isolated, alone, and unable to reach out for help. The topic of pornography served as the springboard to exploring the deeper mental-emotional issues beneath the surface of their pornography use. Currently, I am completing a Counseling Psychology Degree at the Auckland University of Technology in order to register as a Counselling Psychologist in New Zealand.
Compassionate Inquiry was the first modality/approach that I pursued simply for the sake of learning, rather than collecting another credential. I was thrilled with what I had learned, the skills acquired, and the experience gained. I realized that I had a knack for the approach and dove headfirst into the organization by doing the CI Internship, Mentorship, and Facilitation Training. I realized that one of the most enjoyable aspects of CI was giving feedback, help, and support to those developing their CI skills. My person-centered, existential theoretical orientation has evolved as a parallel process with my personal practice. As I’ve firmly entrenched myself in a person-centred approach, my approach to supervision is a mirror of how I relate to and work with clients.
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Sat Dharam Kaur ND
As a CI Mentor, I will be working with you to help you achieve your personal and professional goals and competencies related to Compassionate Inquiry. I would like to share some of my professional background with you. I have been practicing full-time as a naturopathic doctor since 1989, with a focus on women’s health, cancer and mind-body approaches to healing. Since 2019, much of my naturopathic practice has included Compassionate Inquiry.
I have been studying, hosting, working and teaching with Dr. Gabor Maté since 2012, and have devoted myself to the task of structuring his work in a format that could be taught to others, as well as to become adept at it myself. I have worked closely alongside Gabor since 2018, specifically developing the Compassionate Inquiry training. I have completed a Basics in Clinical Supervision Training online with Dr. Jeff Chang to prepare myself to mentor others using best practices.
My educational background includes a BA with a major in psychology and English literature, and a B.Sc. in biology from the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada. I completed postgraduate studies in naturopathic medicine at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto. I taught stress management and women’s health at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine for 10 years. I also completed a diploma in fine art from the Ontario College of Art and Design, with a focus on drawing, painting and sculpture. I’ve written three books on women’s health and have presented at numerous conferences.
My other passion has been Kundalini Yoga, which I have practiced and taught for over 40 years. I have been training and mentoring Kundalini Yoga teachers for 20 years, and teach internationally. I’ve developed yoga-based curriculums in addiction recovery and breast health and train teachers in those specialties. I have a daily yoga and meditation practice that sustains me.
I live with my husband in an off-grid home on 105 acres of beautiful land and take care of fruit trees and a large garden. I enjoy hiking, cycling, and communing with plants. I have three adult children and one grandchild.
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Sat Charan Simran Kaur, RSW
As a CI Mentor Sat Charan Simran is passionate in supporting you along your journey of developing your Compassionate Inquiry skills. She is a Certified Compassionate Inquiry Practitioner, Founding Facilitator, CI Mentor and on the CI Certification Team. She is also a Registered Social Worker, with training and over 30 years experience in counselling and therapy. Sat Charan Simran has extensive experience in a variety of settings and diverse population groups and is adept at supporting clients dealing with a wide variety of life challenges and multiple barriers. She has a strong passion for counselling/therapy, coaching, and supporting others to achieve their physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual goals. Sat Charan Simran utilizes the Compassionate Inquiry Approach, Six Steps to Freedom Approach, Yogic and Vedic teachings as well as the Cognitive Behavioural Approach. She is also a KRI Certified Kundalini Yoga and Meditation Teacher, an international, professional Beyond Addiction Trainer, and Mental Health lead. Sat Charan Simran currently has a private practice in Vancouver BC offering online therapy sessions.
Sat Charan Simran is single and lives in Vancouver. Self care is an important and cherished part of her life. She loves to do yoga, meditation, walk along the ocean, swim, bike, work out and spend time in nature connecting deeply with animals, and has a special fondness for cats. She has a passion for travel and has lived in South Korea for two years.
Sat Charan Simran has been working with Sat Dharam and Gabor since 2012 in the Beyond Addiction Program. She has held supervisory positions previously in her professional life with students as well as employees and is about to commence the Leading Edge Supervisor training course.
Sat Charan Simran looks forward to mentoring you.
See their practitioner bio here.
Rhonda-Mae Nelson, RPC
As a CI Mentor, my intention is to support you to deepen and expand into the Compassionate Inquiry approach. I have been studying Dr. Gabor Maté’s approach since 2014, and as a CI Founding Facilitator, Mentor, and Program Coordinator, I am in ongoing mentorship with him. CI is the foundation upon which I work as a registered psychotherapist helping people to work with processing trauma, as well as provide support in plant medicine integration. In addition to CI, I use other somatic-based approaches, including Internal Family Systems (IFS), and Emotion-Focused Family Therapy (EFFT). All have been instrumental to me in my own healing and management of an inherited neuromuscular disorder and informs my work with others. I have completed a Basics in Clinical Supervision Training online with Dr. Jeff Chang, and so I am well-informed in best practices to mentor in assisting clinicians to enhance their CI skills. My approach is client-centered and reflective.
Through the University of Calgary, I co-created and conducted a province-wide research project exploring mothers and addiction, and co-wrote the project’s findings in a book called Mothers, Addiction, and Recovery; Finding Meaning Through the Journey, published in 2018. Writing, song-writing, guitar, walking, swimming, and meditation are my favorite rejeuvenating things to do. I am married, and my husband and I live in our country home, in the boreal forest with our three heavenly dogs.
See their practitioner bio here.
Michelle Peddle, RP
It is a pleasure to be joining you on this CI Mentorship journey. I was the first official cohort to graduate from the CI year long training, one of the first official Interns to finish the Internship, one of the first official Mentees to finish the Mentorship program, and when asked jumped at the opportunity to become your Mentor. This program has changed my entire being and I am thrilled to share all that I know with you while continuing to deepen my knowledge, and love of CI with you.
Dr. Jeff Chang was one of my professors in University and I have recently completed his Clinical Supervision Training online. I am a Registered Psychotherapist and a Registered Yoga Therapist with the International Yoga Therapy Association. I have a private practice out of my home-based office located in a small rural community in Ontario and have been working in social services since 2009. My educational background consists of a Masters in Psychological Counselling, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Addictions: Treatment and Prevention, and a Degree in Sociology
In my early 20’s, I witnessed first-hand the powerful impact of blending Eastern spiritual practices with Western psychology. It was at that time that I started studying yoga with Sat Dharam Kaur and was introduced to the work of Dr. Gabor Mate. Being equally evidence-based, client-centered, and spiritually aligned, I thrive to offer unique opportunities to learn, grow, heal and reconnect with yourself in your personal and professional lives.
See their practitioner bio here.
My intention is to support you as your learning, understanding, and practice of Compassionate Inquiry evolves and expands.
I have been following Dr Gabor Mate’s work since 2016 and was delighted to attend a two-day conference with him in Cork 2018. For more than 25 years I have worked with people, primarily in group settings utilising the natural environment and outdoor activities. I have spent many years working with young people at risk, young and adult offenders, and those who wished to bring about change in their life. I provide empowering experiences such as Firewalking, retreats in the Sahara Desert and Bali, and opportunities for connection with Self, community, and nature; and people were benefitting. However, I was aware that people wanted to go deeper, understand themselves better, and heal. When I saw Gabor working with people, I instantly knew that I wanted to learn more from him and share that with the people I was working with. It was like I had just found the missing jigsaw piece. I was delighted to join the Compassionate Inquiry programme in 2019, certify as a CI practitioner, and now serve as a mentor.
As well as Compassionate Inquiry, I trained in and use Internal Family Systems, and have begun the 3 years training in Somatic Experiencing. And to support your process on the Mentorship Programme, I completed the Basics in Clinical Supervision Training with Jeff Chang. I have spent over 25 years training, mentoring, and supporting people as facilitators and instructors in a wide range of skills that support the development of Self.
I believe that the Mentorship Programme has the potential to be the most enriching part of your Compassionate Inquiry training. I wish you every success with it and I would be delighted to assist you in your professional development.
See their practitioner bio here.
Maria (Manjeet Adi) Egervari, ND
My journey in working with people has been meandering, covering a lot of aspects from physica, to mental-emotional and social aspects of health and wellbeing. I unpredictably ended up in Beyond Addiction, a yoga and process work immersion program, working with Sat Dharam and attending the first 2-day CI workshop with Gabor in 2016.
I started out as a medical doctor, later became a naturopathic doctor. I have also been working in the social work field with people with addiction and mental health challenges. Learning and using Compassionate Inquiry in my work feels like “coming home”. This approach taught me and it continues to teach me to let go of the need to know, and follow the client with my intuition as it shows up in an attuned connection with the person. Having confidence, complete trust in the client’s process is liberating. This journey has taken me from my mind to my heart and brought me to honour the connection between the two. My spiritual name Manjeet reflects that: “Man” meaning mindheart, as one.
My intention with being a mentor is to support you in recognizing your gifts, being part of your journey in letting go of the need to know, to fix, or help. I aim to be a clear mirror for you, and pass on as much as possible of my experience with Compassionate Inquiry. I am passionate about practicing and mentoring Compassionate Inquiry and feel tremendous gratitude to be part of this training program.
See Maria practitioner bio here.
How You Will Benefit from Mentorship:
The CI Mentorship Program is designed to improve the ability of the CI Practitioner to use the CI approach with clients, and to protect clients from undue harm. In the mentorship program you will:
- focus on your work with clients as well as professional and personal development
- receive feedback on your CI competencies through video reviews of your CI sessions each month
- receive feedback from at least 3 different CI facilitators on your CI recordings
- have an opportunity to discuss challenges and triggers with your mentor
- identify specific goals related to developing CI competencies to address each month
- engage in 2 CI sessions a month with peers, and receive peer feedback related to your CI goals
- identify issues around transference and countertransference
- discuss your capacity to maintain personal and professional boundaries
- reflect on the judgements you have of clients
- gain skills in ensuring your CI work is trauma-informed
- develop greater skills in self-regulation and grounding
- become proficient at record-keeping through comprehensive written case-taking notes
- consult your mentor around best practices, termination and referral of clients
Confidentiality is maintained during the mentorship program. The full name or identifying information of the client is not revealed and information shared during the mentorship is protected under a contract of confidentiality and may not be shared outside the mentorship relationship.
How Do You Qualify for the Mentorship Program?
Candidates for the Mentorship Program must:
- have completed the course requirements for the professional online training
- be registered with a professional regulatory body
- be legally able to practice CI within their professional scope of practice and in their jurisdiction
- have liability insurance that covers CI, unless it is unavailable in your country
- have an active clinical practice, currently seeing clients (minimum 3 per week)
Components of the CI Mentorship Program:
- Personal Mentorship
- Group Mentorship
- Peer Mentorship
- Clinical Practice
- You will create an initial learning development plan with your personal mentor
- Your personal mentor will meet with you for 5 sessions of individual mentorship during the 5 month period: 1 meeting per month
- At the closing meeting with your individual mentor, you will be advised whether you are ready to apply for certification or whether further clinical practice and/or mentorship is required
- You will attend 3 sessions of group mentorship with 3 different CI Mentors (2-3 people per group), approximately 1.5 months apart
- Each CI Mentor will review the CI videos of 2-3 people and provide feedback.
- Each session is 2 hours if there are 3 people; 80 minutes if there are 2 people
- You will engage in personal CI work in dyads/triads with your peers twice monthly
- You will need at least 10 CI sessions with peers over the 5 month period – this will help you to be a clear mirror for your clients
- You will engage in a minimum of 50 hours of clinical practice during the mentorship program
- 30 of these hours are with your private clients, with a minimum of 8 clients
- 20 clinical practice hours may be obtained from working pro bono with new CI course participants who are in Level 1, to gain experience and have permission to videotape
- You will submit 50 case studies from clients during the 5-month mentorship program; 20 of these case studies can be from CI course participants in Level 1; 30 are from your clients outside of CI
- 8 of your videos will be reviewed over 5 months
- An additional 50 hours of clinical practice of CI are required before applying for certification (if you are not already certified) – totalling 100 clinical practice hours before you are eligible to apply for certification. These additional hours may be obtained during or after the mentorship program, but not before
Cost of the CI Mentorship Program: $1850 CAD
One payment of $1850.00 CAD
3 payments of $670.00 CAD per month, over 3 months
This is an experiential program with a limited number of spaces available. If you wish to withdraw from the program, you will be given a full refund (minus a $50 cancellation fee) if cancelling prior to meeting with your Personal and/or Group Mentors. You will receive a refund of $1,300 if you withdraw within 4 weeks of the program start date after meeting with your personal and/or group mentors. No refunds are allowed 4 weeks after the start date of the Mentorship Program. No exceptions.
Apply for Mentorship:
If you are applying for the September block, please note the following deadlines:
Please apply before July 20, 2021. Those from the Jan, April, August 2019, and February, May, September 2020 cohort participants are eligible to apply if all course completion requirements have been fulfilled. We can accept up to 45 people for the September block.
We will review your application by July 25 and invite you pay and select your top 3 choices of personal mentor by July 30. We cannot guarantee that you will be paired with your first choice of personal mentor, but you will be partnered with one of your top 3 choices.
Individual Mentorship is available to you, at an extra charge, as you participate in the online training. You may contact any of the approved CI Mentors for private mentorship and request that they review one or more videotaped sessions where you are practicing CI. They will provide feedback on what competencies you are doing well, and which require further attention. This will accelerate your learning. The cost ranges from $120-$150/hr.
Certification as a CI Practitioner:
To apply for certification as a Compassionate Inquiry Practitioner, the candidate must:
- receive a certificate of completion for the professional online training
- complete at least one 5 month block of the mentorship program
- be advised that they are ready to apply for certification by their designated personal mentor
- complete and log 100 clinical practice hours of CI since beginning the mentorship program (50 required during the mentorship program; another 50 required for certification)
- apply for certification within a one year period after completion of the Mentorship Program
- complete 10 case study forms for clients seen during the extra 50 hours of clinical practice required for certification (these are optional for those in the March 2021 Mentorship Program)
- submit one video (up to 50 minutes) to the Certification Team for review. The video must be in Gallery View and the client must be someone who has not participated in the CI training
- submit liability insurance
- pay a certification fee of $230 CAD
Please access and fill out the submission form and submit the above requirements here.
These requirements are to be completed within one year of completion of the Mentorship Program in order to certify.
The criteria that the Certification Review Team uses to determine if someone is ready to certify are proficiency in the CI competencies found in the CI Competency Form as well as determining if the applicant is:
- Spontaneous, rather than adhering to rigid guidelines or a formula?
- Proficient in embodying and applying the CI Qualities, Skills and Stepping Stones?
Criteria to exclude certification include:
- Did the participant have an agenda during the session, so was not attuned to the client in the present moment.
- Did the participant repeatedly miss important cues?
- Did the participant miss picking up on the client’s discomfort?
- Was the participant unable to process their own triggers internally, preventing them from being fully present with the client?
- You would not recommend this participant to someone you know to receive therapy.
If the certification team agrees that the candidate is certifiable and skilled in the CI competencies, they will be certified as a CI Practitioner and added to the CI website.
Once the Mentorship Program has been completed and the participant has been certified, a designation of “Mentorship Program Completed”, will accompany their listing on the CI website.
Note: The mentorship and certification guidelines and costs above may be revised from time to time.
- We recommend that graduates of the CI Professional Online Training have at least 6 CI mentoring sessions and/or non-CI supervision sessions in their first year of practice; and another 6 sessions in the second year
- CI Mentoring and/or non-CI Supervision is optimal at least once every 2 months; or for every 20-30 practice hours
- CI Mentoring safeguards the public, your professional practice and the reputation of CI
- CI Mentoring or non-CI Supervision may be provided by CI Mentors, or peer supervisors from your designated profession
Re-Certification as a CI Practitioner:
The Compassionate Inquiry Practitioner must apply for recertification at least 30 days before the two-year expiration of the practitioner’s original certification date as listed on his/her/their certificate. If a Compassionate Inquiry Practitioner does not re-certify, all of the privileges of certification are discontinued.
The requirements for recertification include:
- At least 50 hours of clinical practice in the previous year.
- At least 6 documented supervision or CI mentoring sessions in the previous year, during the first 2 years of clinical practice
- Submission of 5 case studies as well as a review of 1 Compassionate Inquiry session with a client either in person, online or via a video recording.
- 20 CE credits every 2 years (see below)
- Proof of Professional Liability Insurance
- Recertification fee of approximately $230
- If the initial video is inadequate, allowance for 1 more video submission, for a second cost of $230.
- If the applicant is still not certifiable, he/she will be recommended to participate in a formal 5 month mentorship program.
Note: for participants in the 2019 Jan, Apr and Aug Cohorts, we invite you to re-certify within 2 years after the last day of your training. However, as per the agreement that was in place when your training began, your initial recertification may be after 3 years. Each subsequent recertification date will be every 2 years.
Continuing Education Credits:
Proof of completion of at least 20 hours of CI Continuing Education within the 2-year period is required for re-certification.
- These can include attendance or viewing the recording of the monthly zoom calls with Gabor and the recordings of the Master Classes, as well as attendance at the annual CI Conference, transcribing Gabor’s zoom calls, assisting at a CI training. In time we may offer specialty workshops taught by other CI Practitioners that can be used for CE credits.
- Proof of attendance at trauma-related, or IFS or meditation related workshops, or training related to the material on the CI recommended reading list (up to 10 hours of the 20 required)
- You will receive 1 CE credit for every hour of continuing education
- A CE log will be submitted every 2 years, listing dates of master classes and monthly zoom sessions with Gabor (or other Advanced CI professional) attended, and/or conference
Ongoing Participation and Annual Membership:
Our vision is to bring compassion, respect, acceptance, insight, healing, freedom and connection to humanity through an international community of skillful Compassionate Inquiry practitioners. We can fulfill this vision by supporting your continued learning of CI and by connecting you to one another through an annual membership. You will be emailed an invitation for annual membership during the last month of your year long training.
The annual membership fee is currently $150 CAD, and grants you the following benefits:
- continued access to the online platform, including new additions to the content
- access to attendance at scheduled CI Zoom calls with Gabor, and their recordings for the current year
- access to non-participatory attendance at Monthly Facilitated Workshops, and their recordings
- connection to CI alumni
- continued access to the online community forum
- invitation to participate in CI focus groups, to collaborate with other practitioners