Evolutionary Psychology Masterclass: Certified Training Program for Mental Health Professionals

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Program Syllabus

Spaces are limited to 8 participants. Applications are open until places are filled.

This advanced training is designed to provide a specialized understanding of evolutionary psychology and its clinical applications in mental health practice. The training covers fundamental concepts and therapeutic approaches based on evolutionary theory. It is eligible for psychotherapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, counselors, coaches, social workers, and other mental health professionals interested in deepening their understanding of human behavior and improving their therapeutic practice. The course objectives are to help participants understand the principles of evolutionary psychology and its relevance to mental health, apply evolutionary concepts to diagnosing and treating psychological disorders, and integrate evolutionary perspectives into existing psychotherapeutic approaches.

The program runs from October to May and totals 128 hours of intensive learning. The schedule includes Friday sessions from 4 PM to 8 PM, Saturday sessions from 9 AM to 6 PM, and Sunday sessions from 9 AM to 1 PM.

The content of the training is structured as follows:

Month 1: An overview of evolutionary psychology, key objectives, methods, and a review of existing theory and research.

Month 2: Fundamentals of natural selection, group and kin selection, and sexual and ecological selection.

Month 3: The evolution of the brain, including the brainstem, limbic system, and cortex, as well as personality differentiation and types.

Month 4: Emotional and learning processes, including classical, instrumental, and social learning. Mechanisms of signaling and communication, primary and advanced deception strategies, attachment, and eusociality.

Month 5: Evolutionary perspectives on psychical disorders, including their classification and individual differences.

Month 6: An evaluation of psychotherapeutic goals and approaches, with techniques from psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, and systemic approaches.

Month 7: Case formulation, diagnostic instruments, functional analysis,

Month 8: Treatment planning, practical applications, and interventions.

The program will provide you with the tools to incorporate evolutionary psychology into your practice. You will gain a thorough understanding of evolutionary psychology principles and theories, learn to apply these concepts to mental health issues, enhance your professional skills, and develop an applicable understanding of human behavior through the lens of evolution.

Participants will be assessed through participation and engagement in discussions and activities, as well as a final exam evaluating their understanding and application of the course content. Upon successfully completing the training, participants will receive a certificate of completion.