Academic Programs

The Process Work Institute offers various training programs for individuals who want to expand their knowledge of Process Oriented methods and theory.MACF Students

Training began in 1982, in Zurich, Switzerland, with the founding of the Research Center for Process-Oriented Psychology (RSPOP) by Arnold Mindell and his associates. The programs are designed to convey specialized and up to date knowledge of the philosophy, theory and methods of Process Work. Process Work is, by nature, an interdisciplinary and integrative approach to human behavior and with the various programs we hope to address the many educational and developmental needs of our students. The trainings are not an end in themselves but gates through which you may follow your path in the world.

Please feel free to explore our training options. In 2014 we are pleased to launch a redesigned Masters program:

The M.A. in Process-Oriented Facilitation and Conflict Studies (MAPOF) is our integrative, foundation training program in the process oriented approach to facilitation and study of inner and outer conflicts.  It covers the key Processwork skill areas required to support a process oriented approach:  Innerwork, Dreambody work, Organizations and Worldwork, Relationships, and States of Consciousness.  

The Process Work Institute is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students. Prospective international students should contact the office for more information.

Degree Authorization and Licensure

This school is a nonprofit corporation authorized by the State of Oregon to offer and confer the academic degrees described herein, following a determination that state academic standards will be satisfied under OAR 583-030. Inquiries concerning the standards or school compliance may be directed to the Office of Degree Authorization, 1500 Valley River Drive, Suite 100, Eugene, Oregon 97401.

The MAPW and MACF programs are authorized by the Oregon Office of Degree Authorization (ODA). The ODA administers laws, standards, and services that protect students, holders of legitimately earned degrees, institutions, businesses, employers, patients or clients, and licensing boards. Authorization permits the school to grant a degree, ensures the quality and integrity of the academic degree as a public credential.

The Process Work Institute is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools to award the Master’s Degree in Process-Oriented Facilitation and Conflict Studies (MAPOF). For more information please visit the accreditation page

The MAPW and MACF degree programs are not yet accredited. Accreditation in the United States refers to membership in one of the regional or national accrediting associations operated by consortia of member colleges. The U.S. Department of Education recognizes accrediting bodies for purposes of institutional financial aid eligibility and other areas in which the federal government has an interest. The U.S. government itself does not accredit colleges, unlike common practice in many countries. Likewise, the federal government does not accredit or conduct academic evaluation of foreign colleges.

The MA programs do not confer a license to practice psychology, counseling or therapy. Licensure to practice professionally varies from state to state. Please consult your state’s licensing requirements for information on obtaining a professional licensure. In Oregon, a description of licensing requirements can be found at:

Becoming a Processwork Diplomate

Advanced Certificate Pathway

PWI provides two Advanced Certificates in Processwork.  The Advanced Certificate 1 and Advanced Certificate 2, along with the appropriate pre- and co-requisites, enable a student to earn the title of Processwork Diplomate.

The Advanced Certificates provide opportunities for students with an MA or the equivalent in Process-oriented studies to further specialize in Processwork. Entry to the Advanced Certificates requires previous foundational training in Processwork, for example the Master’s in Process-Oriented Facilitation and Conflict Studies Program (MAPOF), the MACF or the equivalent of a Phase I training in Processwork from an IAPOP recognized international school.