IMBT Certification Options

The Institute for Mind Body Therapy (IMBT) offers certifications for practitioners involved in mind body therapy practices.  Opportunities for certification are available for mental health providers, therapists, clinicians, health care providers, educators, body-based practitioners, massage therapists, energy workers, embodiment coaches, or others interested in supporting their clients in the integration of mind and body towards a healthier, fully embodied experience.

Certification explicitly and exclusively indicates only that a practitioner has completed training necessary to integrate aspects of the IMBT Process into their own practices. It does not imply any endorsement or responsibility for an individual's practices or program. If you are considering working with a practitioner with IMBT certification, understand that you are responsible for fully determining that individual's credentials and ability to support you as a client.

All practitioners who complete the initial certification process have a certification active for two years. To maintain certification, IMBT certified-practitioners must maintain CEU completion requirements.

IMBT maintains the right to revoke certification at any time.

Certification options:

  • ​Certified Referral Practitioner (CRP)
  • Surrogate Partner Practitioner (SPP)
  • Integrative Somatic Practitioner (ISP)
  • Specialized Modality Practitioner (SMP)

Certified Referral Practitioner (CRP)

Who you are

You currently are a licensed mental health provider or sex coach, primarily engaged in talk therapy or talk-based coaching with clients. You are seeking to expand your practice to integrate somatic/body-based practitioners to support your clients.

Initial certification requirements

​- Successful completion of the IMBT Institute and six months of peer supervision with a current Certified Referral Practitioner (CRP)

- Initial certification is valid for two (2) years; thereafter, certification is renewable annually​

Ongoing certification maintenance

- Completion of 12 CEUs annually​

- Annual membership as a CRP with the IMBT​

Certification Benefits

- Access to in-network practitioners

- Access to IMBT Process resources, training, and information

- Referrals from participation in the IMBT Provider Directory

- Peer-to-peer, community support​


Surrogate Partner Practitioner (SPP)

Who you are

You are currently an embodiment, sexuality, health, or related-field practitioner with a desire to support clients in mind-body explorations. You are seeking to expand your knowledge of mind-body based approaches to support your clients through close collaboration with a mental health provider.

Initial certification requirements

- Successful completion of the IMBT Institute, six months of coursework, and six months of peer supervision with a current Certified Referral Practitioner (CRP)

- Initial certification is valid for two (2) years; thereafter, certification is renewable annually

Ongoing certification maintenance

- Completion of 12 CEUs annually

- Annual membership as an SPP with the IMBT

Certification benefits

- Access to in-network practitioners

-​ Access to IMBT Process resources, training, and information

- Referrals from participation in the IMBT Provider Directory

- Peer-to-peer, community support​


Integrative Somatic Practitioner (ISP)

Who you are

You are currently an embodiment, sexuality, health, or related-field practitioner with an established practice, and you wish to integrate elements of the IMBT Process into your existing practice.  You are seeking to expand your knowledge of mind-body based approaches to support your clients, and to make them aware that you support the IMBT Process in your own practice. You also welcome referrals from Certified Referral Practitioners (CRP) to support clients in the process.

Initial certification requirements

- Successful completion of the IMBT Institute

- Initial certification is valid for two (2) years; thereafter, certification is renewable annually

Ongoing certification maintenance

- Completion of 12 CEUs annually

- Annual membership as an ISP with the IMBT​

Certification benefits

- Access to in-network practitioners

- Access to IMBT Process resources, training, and information

- Referrals from participation in the IMBT Provider Directory, and from Certified Referral Practitioners (CRP)

- Peer-to-peer, community support​


Specialized Modality Practitioner (SMP)

Who you are

You are a recognized expert in the field of embodiment, sexuality, health, or related field, and you wish to provide your support and expertise to practitioners engaged in mind-body based approaches to supporting clients. You seek to support and collaborate with a community of practitioners who value your specialized knowledge and expertise in the field.

Initial certification requirements

- Successful completion of the IMBT Institute, or orientation of the IMBT Process by a member of the IMBT team

- Specialized Modality Practitioner (SMP) is an invitation-only certification. Contact the IMBT directly for more details, or to express interest

Certification benefits

- Access to in-network practitioners

- Access to IMBT Process resources, training, and information

- Referrals from participation in the IMBT Provider Directory

- Recognition by the IMBT network providers for your specialized contributions to their practices and support of clients​