Neuroscience + Psychology + Mindfulness + Relationship Studies

Earn a Certificate in Interpersonal Neurobiology.
Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB) is a theory and practical working model which explores human development, attachment and functioning as being a product of the relationship between the body, mind and relationships. Also called relational neuroscience, IPNB describes how the brain and mind are shaped, or developed, and how they function based on the interplay of genes and neurophysiology in the context of relationships.

Discover the scientific framework and multi-disciplinary tools to develop a healthy mind, an integrated brain, and compassionate, connected relationships.

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Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB) is an interdisciplinary field that has profound personal and professional applications as it: 

  • Explores the nature of the “mind” as embodied and relational
  • Describes what neuroscience and relating reveal about how we learn, resolve trauma and conflict, and improve relationships

IPNB combines neuroscience, psychology, complexity theory, environmental influences, and relationship studies. Developed by Dr. Dan Siegel, Dr. Allan Schore and Dr. Lou Cozolino in the late 1990s, Interpersonal Neurobiology seeks the similar patterns that arise from separate science fields and approaches to knowledge.


Interpersonal Neurobiology illuminates how the mind and brain develop across the lifespan. It has profound applications for healthcare, education, leadership, parenting, organizational development, and more.

What to Expect

Drawing from many experts – theorists, researchers and practitioners – this program equips participants to apply an interdisciplinary framework to support professional by:
  • Providing an inclusive "map" that help us define what impediments are keeping clients from living their most flexible, adaptive, coherent, energized and stable lives.
  • Improved relationships and interpersonal communication by teaching neural integration, the foundation for increased well-being and great connection 
  • Creating enhanced learning environments by helping trainers and educators learn new techniques for reaching students despite past traumas
  • Building strong, coherent teams in business

  • Foundations of Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB) at PCC Institute for Health Professionals program is 6 months long, consisting of 7 interactive courses.
  • Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive a non-credit certificate from Portland Community College in Foundations of Interpersonal Neurobiology.
  • The program is highly interactive and delivered through multiple means, including live-streaming classes with live student engagement, discussion boards, and a 4 day in-person intensive. The live, online classes will be held most Tuesdays at 5:30PM Pacific; the in-person intensive will be held in Portland, OR over a long weekend.
  • Courses are taught by our 7 exceptional IPNB faculty. Their backgrounds include counseling, medicine, Rolfing, education, and more.

Program Courses & Instructors

  1. Introduction to IPNB – Casey Sims
  2. Ethics from an IPNB Perspective – Debra Pearce-McCall
  3. Science of IPNB – Mary Meador, Robyn Gobbel
  4. IPNB of Attachment & Trauma – Alissa Bagan
  5. Difference & Diversity – Mari Alexander
  6. Embodied Relational Mindfulness – Ryan Hofer
  7. IPNB of Connection & Community – Maureen Lowell

After the program, participants will be able to:

  • Articulate and apply the core tenets and different constructs of IPNB.
  • Identify, discuss, and find resolution in the ethical issues of the IPNB field.
  • Connect and convey to others an understanding of multiple branches of science (Anthropology, Biology, Linguistics, Neuroscience, Mathematics, Mental Health, Physics, Sociology, Systems Theory, to name a few), weaving commonality within the IPNB experience. 
  • Demonstrate the structure and key functions of the brain, and show the relationship of the interpersonal world and the brain.
  • Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of brain imaging technologies (fMRI, PET, etc), and discuss how they inform diagnosis and treatment.
  • Articulate how our survival instincts, self-regulatory techniques, and the effects of daily stress can impact the function of the brain and the clinical implications of such.
  • Assimilate the major strands that underpin the therapeutic process of IPNB (e.g., Attachment theory; Trauma, whether impacting the individual, family or society, overwhelming one’s ability to adapt; Changing aspects of the structure of the brain and ultimately altering the mind; Regulation of emotion, attention, memory and behavior).
  • Build attentional skills and self-regulatory techniques through practical experiential practices for stress management and the reduction of anxiety, pain and depression.
  • Describe psychological processes of othering; recognize and reflect on their own behaviors and thoughts which contribute to dehumanizing the other, and cultivate strategies for transformation.
  • Apply foundational principles of IPNB to community-building practices, including education, organizational development, team cultivation, parenting and relationships, mental health/addiction, and individual or small group relationships.

Why Foundations of Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB) at PCC Institute for Health Professionals?

Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive a non-credit certificate from Portland Community College in Foundations of Interpersonal Neurobiology.

The mission of this program is to:

  • Communicate the value of IPNB and implications for health and wellness, education, mental health/addiction, parenting and relationships, early childhood education and other fields.
  • Promote integration of research findings on the brain/body and relationships to create healthier minds and a healthier world.
  • Prepare professionals with foundational knowledge and practice of IPNB to continuously critique, extend and amplify the knowledge base of the field.
  • Provide high quality education in IPNB to people who work at the intersection of brain/body, relationships, and mind.

Who should enroll in the IPNB?

IPNB offers insight valuable to multiple professions working closely with people, and healthcare professionals will find IPNB particularly interesting.

  • Psychologists
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychotherapists
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Addiction Counselors (CADCs, QMHPs, LEPs, etc.)
  • Mental Health Professionals
  • Nutritional Therapists
  • Allopathic Professionals
  • Chiropractors
  • Acupuncturists
  • Naturopaths
  • Teachers/educators/coaches
  • Lawyers
  • Clergy
  • Occupational Therapists

Hear from professionals who have studied IPNB.

The Investment


  • In total, the IPNB program is a total of 125 hours over 2 terms, including live online class-time, discussion boards, and in-person intensives.
  • The online IPNB classes will be held once per week. The beginning and end time will vary by class, with classes lasting between 2-3 hours (ending between 7:30-8:30). A detailed schedule will be sent to participants.


  • $2,950 (Fees: $20) 
  • Or, a 6 month payment plan. The 1st month is 20% down, then 5 months of equal portions of the remaining balance. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What does a Certificate in IPNB mean?
  2. Is this program transferable or a credit program?
  3. Can I qualify for financial aid? Do you offer payment plans?
  4. What is live-streamed online?
  5. Do I have to be online during the live Tuesday class?
  6. Are there any prerequisites to the Interpersonal Neurobiology program?
  7. Will I earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs)? How many?
  8. Can you tell me more about your IPNB faculty?
  9. How is the program structured? Is there any compulsory on campus requirement?
  10. I don’t have any qualifications specifically referencing Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB). Is the program suitable for me?
  11. Do I need special software or equipment to participate in this program?
  12. Can I earn college credit through this program?
  13. Is this program eligible for FAFSA funds/financial aid/scholarships? 

What does a Certificate in IPNB mean?
Upon successful completion of the program, you will receive a non-credit Certificate in Foundations of Interpersonal Neurobiology from Portland Community College. The Certificate reflects the total hours earned in continuing education units (CEUs). 

Why does this matter?
Oregon non-credit certificates are approved on a case-by-case basis. A non-credit certificate's rigor is determined by the college, following national education and industry training benchmarks. The state’s approval criteria are designed to maintain the integrity of the certificates. As a graduate of Foundations of Interpersonal Neurobiology, you can be confident that appropriate oversight and review has assured our program’s quality and applicability.

Is this program transferable or a credit program?
The Interpersonal Neurobiology Program curriculum is a continuing education unit (CEU) program. It is a noncredit, does not offer a degree, and is not transferable to another school. It does, however, provide high quality knowledge and skills that can be applied towards many professions and health careers.

Can I qualify for financial aid? Do you offer payment plans?
This program is not qualified under Federal Financial Aid. To support you, we have created a special, 6 month payment plan for students in this program.

What is "live-streamed, online"?
The live-streamed classes for this program are delivered through Zoom. This allows students to participate in real-time virtual lectures every Tuesday. While students are encouraged to attend all live lectures, recordings of each session are available for students who cannot attend the live lecture or want to review what was presented.

Do I have to be online during the live Tuesday class?
You want to be present during live lectures. Class is dynamic and your interaction with the instructor and your classmates will make the learning far more meaningful. We expect participants from many time zones and know that life will preclude live participation for some sessions. Therefore, we record each live session for participants to view later. This also allows participants access to review topics/discussions at any time.

Also, in between the live-streamed classes, participants will be required to engage in discussion boards with each other and the instructor.

Are there any prerequisites to the Interpersonal Neurobiology program?
There are no formal prerequisites for participating in this program; it is open to participants of all backgrounds. The only two program requirements are an ability and desire to engage in college-level courses and access/use of a computer and the internet.

Will I earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs)? How many?
Yes, all participants will be awarded CEUs for program completion. The Foundations of IPNB program awards a total of 125 CEU hours.

Can you tell me more about your IPNB faculty?
Our Interpersonal Neurobiology faculty come from a variety of fields, ranging from medicine to counseling to education and consulting. All of our faculty either taught in or graduated from the Interpersonal Neurobiology program formerly offered at Portland State University.

Each faculty member is passionate about IPNB, and about helping participants understand the impact of incorporating the IPNB framework into their work.

You can learn more about the IPNB faculty here.

How is the program structured? Is there any compulsory on campus requirement?
Almost 95% of the program is delivered online, with classes on Tuesday evenings at 5:30 Pacific time. All courses are designed to be interactive and very user friendly. The program will be taught using the “flipped classroom.” That means you will come prepared to each online class having read the basic concepts of the session. The class time will be used to ensure understanding and to apply what you've learned in real-life scenarios. In this model, the instructor serves as the facilitator of learning and takes you beyond the advance reading or other assignment.

Classes are live-streamed and students engage these live, interactive discussions each Tuesday at 5:30 PST.  Each live session is recorded for those who are not able to attend live and/or for participants to review topics taught.  Better learning occurs in the live instructional time, so you are encouraged to make every effort to attend each class session. In between the live streamed classes, participants will engage in discussion boards with each other and the instructor.

We have one "In person, onsite, intensive" during the six-month program. This is scheduled as a four-day weekend to be held in Portland, Oregon from a Thursday to Sunday. Because IPNB involves embodiment work, some instructors are incorporating special teachings and skill development during this in-person time. There will also be an opportunity to dissect a brain, allowing participants to see some of the areas and connections they have been studying.

I don’t have any qualifications specifically referencing Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB). Is the program suitable for me?
No former IPNB background is required. The Foundations of Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB) program is designed to give healthcare professionals, counselors, teachers, clergy, business leaders, and other professionals a high quality, skills-based IPNB education they can apply to supporting clients, students, peers and others. It is suitable for anyone interested in college-level education around the IPNB framework.

Once the Foundations program is launched, we anticipate developing more advanced courses for program graduates.

Do I need special software or equipment to participate in this program?
All participants will need a computer with high speed internet and a headset with microphone (there are call in options for using your phone if necessary) to participate in the live classes. The program is delivered through web-based software, Desire2Learn (D2L) and Blackboard Collaborate, so it can be accessed from anywhere.

Prior to the first class, participants will receive detailed instructions and tutorials for using the software. In the meantime, you can learn more here. Students are highly encouraged to access both D2L and Collaborate several days prior to the first class.  If there are any questions about either program, you will have time to connect with PCC for answers and not take instructional time due to technical issues that could be managed in advance.

Can I earn college credit through this program?
College credit is not available at this time. We are investigating partnerships to award college credit for future IPNB participation.

Is this program eligible for FAFSA funds/financial aid/scholarships?
Because the program is a non-credit college program (not a for-credit degree or certificate), no scholarships or financial aid are available. Upon registration, a student can make arrangements for payments through the Student Accounts Office, or view other payment options here.


If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact Amy Evans at amy.evans3@pcc.edu.


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