For Health Care Professionals

Anthropedia is committed to helping health care professionals learn new approaches to the treatment of patients that integrate approaches to preventive health and well-being.  World health organizations (e.g. the CDC) and the federal government are making calls to change our public health promotion strategies to reduce health care costs and to help an aging and longer-living population make informed choices about their own health. People, both sick and healthy, need assistance in changing their lifestyles. Our program is designed to answer these calls using our innovative approach to health and well-being.  Our graduates work in a variety of environments: community centers, clinics, hospitals, private practice, the fitness industry, corporations, schools, and other health care venues.

The separation of biomedical and psychosocial approaches to mental illness has hampered both research and treatment because only a fully integrated view of life permits a person to develop wisdom and well-being.
— Dr. C. Robert Cloninger


My work with clients is rewarding, but I’ve been struggling with my own issues and feeling burned-out. This training has helped me improve my own well-being and allows me to better confront challenges in my work. I have been amazed how much easier it seems to handle my stress. I also have so many new tools in my toolkit for work with clients. It has helped me personally and professionally, and I would recommend it to any social worker or mental health care professional wholeheartedly.
— Laura, LCSW and Anthropedia Graduate
“It’s like getting a master’s in resilience and self care. Only as I increased this in myself was I able to help my clients do the same.”
— Julie, LPC and Anthropedia Graduate

Mental Health Care

Not Mental Illness Care

The effectiveness of mental health care is currently limited due to 2 main factors

  1. a failure to promote well-being
  2. an excessive focus on deficits symptomatic of mental ill-being.

Our treatments focus on symptoms rather than on causes of dysfunction and fail to promote healthy functioning. As a result, improvements in treatment are usually weak, incomplete, and temporary, whether based on psychopharmacology or psychotherapy. In contrast, randomized controlled trials of treatments designed to promote well-being have been shown to reduce dropout, relapse, and recurrence rates compared with treatments for symptoms of disorder.

Health care that promotes well-being reduces the stigma and increases recovery of mental health. In other words, mental health care appears to be more effective than mental illness care

Character Development

Today many psychiatrists and therapists have limited time for psychotherapy, but nevertheless there is a great unmet need for ways to help facilitate character development.

The Anthropedia Foundation has worked with leading thinkers in various fields to develop an educational program that can help individuals change the root causes of their problems and work on transcending their issues. It can be therapeutic, but is focused on global health, character development, and well-being.

This DVD-based course, integrates mind-body practices that promote growth in self-awareness with evidence-based techniques from a wide variety of 3rd and 4th wave therapeutic approaches:

  • cognitive-behavioral, person-centered, ACT, psychodynamic, logotherapy, well-being therapy, positive psychology, and others

This integrative approach engages patients in practices that stimulate the development of the prefrontal cortex and lead to well-being. The course combines assessment of temperament and character with a self-directed exploration of personal well-being. It is facilitated by a certified therapist and/or coach.

What makes our program unique?


It's integrative and interdisciplinary



A rigorous understanding ofphysical and mental health




A focus on art and culture




A study of the movement of body




The Know Yourself DVD series


Our program approaches well-being from an integrative and interdisciplinary perspective drawing on the work of our Institute. This approach values physical, mental, and spiritual perspectives on human health and well-being, and each day of curriculum addresses the whole person. 

Our program combines rigorous training in both physical and mental health in equal measure. We don’t simply study nutrition or exercise and then consider how it influences human mental life.

Moreover, we examine the role that art and culture (and all the humanities) play in our health. If we don't understand how humanity has approached health and well-being throughout the centuries, our health and well-being is incomplete. As Cicero wrote in his Orator, "To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child. For what is the worth of human life, unless it be woven into the life of our ancestors by the records of history?"

We have also collaborated with choreographers and analysts of movement to design a one-of-a-kind Body Awakening program. This allows participants to deepen their understanding of the body through movement, coordination exercises, and contemporary dance techniques.

At the heart of our method is the Know Yourself DVD series, which is a course in well-being designed to help people increase self-understanding, manage stress, and find deeper contentment in their lives. It teaches exercises to foster calmness, self-awareness, emotional intelligence, and mind-body health.

What is the format of the program?

Our 265-hour program takes place over the course of 1 year. We use a mixture of teaching practices: didactic learning, experiential learning, personal study, and physical movement. We ensure that all our participants have what they need to be successful in a variety of settings. We offer twice as much training at 50% the cost of most coach trainings.


Cost: $5,950

Payment plans and financial aid are available.

First payment due by August 1st, 2017.



You must meet AT LEAST ONE of the following requirements:

  • Graduate degree in any field (M.A., M.S.W., M.Ed., M.D., M.S., PhD, etc.)
  • B.A. plus 5 years experience in counseling, nursing, education, or social work
  • B.A. plus 5 years of coaching or PCC/MCC credential from the ICF.

Daily Schedule

There are two consecutive weekends (4 days) each month of the training (20 weekends total).

Weekend 1

  • Day 1 will go from 8:30am to 6:30pm
  • Day 2 will go from 8:30am to 6:30pm

Weekend 2

  • Day 3 will go from 8:30am to 6:30pm
  • Day 4 will go from 8:30am to 4:30pm

Each month there are 2 consecutive weekends of training that follow this schedule. We also offer the training in a 10-week format spread with the same schedule across an academic year (only in Europe currently).

Continuing Education

For participants in the training seeking CEUs and other continuing education credits, we have certification with the Missouri Institute of Mental Health.

For participants of the St. Louis training: The Missouri Institute of Mental Health (MIMH) will award 265 clock hours or 318 contact hours (31 CEUs) for the training. There is a $200 fee for the year.

What to learn more about the program?

Here are some additional resources: