news & events

Forthcoming Trainings: nationally & internationally

Coaching Programs will be beginning in Italy, California, Florida and, as always, New England, in 2017!

The Synthesis Center has been one of the leading centers of Psychosynthesis education and training in North America for the past 38 years.  We use the Psychosynthesis model as a very effective and transformative way to train life coaches and many others in the helping professions, as well as for the process of personal and spiritual growth.  We are thrilled to see the work of the Center take root and grow through new staff, in new locations, parte ne ring with the Synthesis center to take this work into the world.

Our courses are accredited through the Center for Credentialing and Education, which means that you are eligible to sit for the national Board Certified Coach (BCC) exam upon completion of our program if you meet BCC requirements. (see their site at: Our programs also lead to certification as a Psychosynthesis Life Coach.

In Italy, Cristina Pelizzatti, the newest member of the Synthesis Center training staff, will be starting a Psychosynthesis Life Coach training, centered in Milan.

In Southern Florida, Valerie Slicker, graduate of the training, affiliated Center staff and long time group facilitator, will be starting a cosponsored PLC training program. Synthesis Center staff will be on hand to help get her program up and running!

In San Francisco, Susan Allen is creating Synthesis SF. The website will be up soon and programs will begin in the spring of 2017. Susan has a long psychosynthesis history and will be working with Synthesis Center staff to create an ongoing PLC training program.

In New England, our next live level 1 program will begin in the fall of 2017.

Everywhere else in the world Teleconference Training, will start up again as a group builds towards that goal. Currently our teleconference program is heading into level 2 and marks the 5th year of Psychosynthesis Certified Life Coach Training. (Independent study options are also available)

Further Information. One on one conversations by phone, skype or in person  are available as part of the process of exploring our programs. Our teaching staff are Didi Firman, Jon Schottland, and Robin White in New England; Cris Pelizzatti in Italy and Didi Firman and Val Silidker in Florida. Please contact us to set up a time to talk.



The Center is getting ready to edit a book on psychosynthesis coaching tentatively titled, "The Call of Self: Psychosynthesis Coaching and the Promise of Wholeness". We hope to have it published in 2017. If you are a psychosynthesis coach, and want to be considered for writing a chapter, please send us a paragraph on the chapter theme and background on your work as a coach! (Send it to the book's editor, Didi Firman)

Mind and Life Conference

Please visit our new "Contemplative Psychosynthesis" page for more on our upcoming presentation. offered by Didi Firman and Barbara Veale Smith, at the Mind & Life Conference in San Diego on November 10, 2016! Contact Barbara Veale Smith for more on this program.

Barbara comes to the Synthesis Center with gratitude and joy. In psychosynthesis she’s delighted to have found a psychology that maps to spiritual truths she came to realize during many years of inquiry and silent sitting, a professional community of dedicated and inspiring colleagues who embrace personal and spiritual deepening, and a vehicle for helping people achieve their heart’s desire. She celebrates that the Synthesis Center makes explicit the reality that, “all living things contain within them a drive to evolve, to become the fullest realization of themselves." Psychosynthesis is a name for the conscious attempt to cooperate with that process. At the Synthesis Center, Barbara offers unique contemplative training experiences on the nature of contentless awareness and the indivisible nature of Self/I. In June of 2016, she offered a plenary session at the International Psychosynthesis Conference in Italy, entitled “Peace Is Really Possible: Moving Beyond Either/Or to the Both/And of Human Being.” You can experience Barbara’s presentation here.