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 the Compassionate Inquiry Professional Online Program – all 3 cycles of the 8 modules 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). (The exception can be made to miss 6 online facilitated meetings if one of those missed meetings was the first one in the course. The 6th can be granted at the discretion of the facilitator.)
  2. 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 and attend the Zoom calls with Dr. Gabor Maté and Facilitated Monthly Workshops 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 6-9 biweekly meetings in total, or fewer than 4 consecutive biweekly meetings, and still desire to participate in the program, 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 for a reduced fee of $1000, and repeat the program the following year.
  3. Completion of reading of each of the Module pdfs, totalling approximately 600 pages.
  4. Viewing of all of the CI online videos and powerpoint summaries and completion of short quizzes at the end of each video section. Videos total approximately 35 hours.
  5. Completion in writing of the Study and Practice Guide questions for each module, submitted through the online platform.
  6. At least fifty sessions of 60-90 minutes of practice work in dyads/ triads with course participants in your peer group during the year-long program, and documented attendance at these sessions. You will need at least 50 60-90 minute dyad/triad meetings before applying for certification. In these sessions, you must follow the relevant practice guides, and act as the “therapist” at least 50 times. 
  7. Completion of at least 25 Case Study forms (beginning in Level 2 of the course), 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. Case Studies should be submitted typed in a Word doc, saved as 1 file, with each case study starting at the top of a page.
  8. Video or audio taping of at least 5 CI sessions where you were acting as the practitioner. At least one of these sessions should visually show you and the client. (This can be a peer from your triad). These are due 2 weeks before the last scheduled week of your designated training. You will need to download these to a private youtube, zoom or vimeo channel and then send us the links to view. Ask peers or clients to fill out the Permission to Record Session Form, found in the Orientation section of the CI Introductory Module.
  9. Completion of at least one Practicum in Level 3, where you were observed by your online group members and given feedback by your online facilitator.
  10. 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, life 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, or if you are First Nation working within your community, insurance is not required. You are required to submit your insurance policy by the Monday of the last week of your designated training if you are completing your requirements within the training year. If you are completing your certification requirements within the 6 month extension after the last day of the training, liability insurance is due 5 weeks before the end of the 6 month extension.
  11. 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) and/or member of the certification team, 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.
  12. Demonstration of expertise and mastery in the Qualities, Skills and Stepping Stones utilized in Compassionate Inquiry, as assessed by yourself, your peers, your online facilitator and the certification team, composed of online facilitators under the guidance of 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, pay for mentoring and review session(s) with either an online facilitator and/or a Certification Team Member until you are ready to be certified. Alternatively, you may be invited to repeat the year long training again at a cost of $1000 CAD.
  13. Acknowledgement and signature on the Compassionate Inquiry Code of Ethics for Practitioners.
  14. The basic fee for the Certification Team to review your 25 Case Studies, 5 videos, 4 Competency Forms and practicum assessment will be $400 CAD, due during the final scheduled week of the 50 week training. If this is unaffordable, you may apply for a Certification Fee Subsidy.
  15. Late fees will be incurred if due dates are not met. There is a $50 CAD late fee if the Case Study forms are submitted after their due date and before the Monday of the last week of your training. There is a $100 CAD late fee for any submissions that are received after the Monday of the last week of your training.
  16. You will be notified whether you have been granted certification within 60 days of the last day of your training, if all requirements have been submitted on time.
  17. If any of these certification requirements are incomplete, or further submissions are required, the Certification Team will provide specific recommendations and a timeline to complete these submissions, within 18 months of the start date of your training. When these recommendations have been completed, it is your responsibility to schedule a subsequent review and negotiate the fee for this in advance with the Certification Team. This fee is $150/hr minimum and the total will depend on the time required.
  18. The recommendations for further submissions before certification may include: a) submit a specific number of videos where you are using CI with a client, and review these with your Certification Team mentor; b) demonstrate proficiency in embodying specific qualities, skills or stepping stones; c) arrange for a certain number of hours of mentoring from a CI Facilitator; d) submit further case studies; e) attend a specific number of monthly workshops where CI facilitators give feedback to course participants as they demonstrate CI; f) retake the year long training at a reduced cost of $1000
  19. 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, or approximately 6 months after the end date.
  20. If your certification requirements are submitted within the 6 month period after the last day of your training, the Certification Team will inform you whether certification has been granted within 60 days of submission of all certification requirements.
  21. 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 reduced cost of $1000.
  22. From time to time, these certification requirements may be modified.
    Due Dates:
    1. 25 Case Study Forms due 8 weeks after the Level 3 start date.
    2. Self-review and 3 Peer-reviewed Competency Forms due on the Monday of the second to last scheduled week of your designated training.
    3. 5 Videos of CI Sessions with peers or clients are due on the second to last scheduled week of your designated training.
    4. Proof of Liability insurance due on the second to last scheduled week of your designated training.
    Criteria for Certification:

    After completion of the certification requirements listed above, and payment of the certification fee, the Certification Team will evaluate your readiness for certification based on the following criteria:

    1. Would I recommend you to someone I know to receive therapy?
    2. Are you competent, confident, present and attuned?
    3. Are you spontaneous, rather than adhering to rigid guidelines or a formula?
    4. Are you proficient in embodying and utilizing the CI Qualities, Skills and Stepping Stones?

    You are not ready for certification if you:

    1. Have an agenda during the session and are not attuned to the client in the present moment.
    2. Miss important cues repeatedly.
    3. Don’t pick up on the client’s discomfort.
    4. Are unable to process your own triggers internally, and therefore are not fully present with your client.
    5. Use something completely different from the CI approach.
    Privileges of Certification:
    1. Listing as a CI Practitioner on the Compassionate Inquiry website and being part of a referral list.
    2. Right to call yourself a Compassionate Inquiry Practitioner and use this designation on your advertising material and website.
    3. Use of the 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.
    Requirements to Maintain Certification:

    Recertification is required every three years. The Compassionate Inquiry Practitioner must apply for recertification at least 30 days before the three-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 listed above are discontinued.

    The requirements for recertification include submission of 5 case studies as well as 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 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 $150 CAD, and grants you the following benefits:

    • continued access to the online platform, including new additions to the content
    • access to non-participatory 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 secret CI Facebook page
    • invitation to participate in CI focus groups, to collaborate with other practitioners