The Integral Recovery Institute Certificate Course

Enhance your core therapeutic skills and optimize your recovery by learning the revolutionary Integral Recovery approach to the treatment of alcoholism and addiction.

The IRI Certificate Course


The IR Institute will teach you how to apply the Integral map to the treatment of addiction, and you will also learn the essential Integral Recovery practices that lead to a lifetime of health, sobriety, and well-being. The focus of this course is to provide you with a lived experience of the application of the Integral Recovery model and practices:

  • Because you want to learn about Integral Recovery for professional reasons – if you are a therapist, substance abuse counselor, coach, psychologist, psychiatrist, medical doctor, or other healthcare professional
  • Because you want to deepen your own recovery process
  • Because you want to learn about Integral Recovery for other personal reasons (family & friends)


KW iAwake“John Dupuy’s Integral Recovery is a revolutionary application of Integral Theory to the national epidemic of substance abuse and addictive behavior. Clear, comprehensive, and appropriately inclusive, it points to a radically new way to deal with alcoholism and addiction, one that looks to be incredibly promising and much more effective than existing approaches, all of which are partial and segmented. The Integral approach, on the other hand, by taking a truly holistic (in the best sense of that term) approach, points to a comprehensive strategy much more promising in its results. Highly recommended for professional and layperson alike!”

– Ken Wilber, author of The Integral Vision: A Very Short Introduction to the Revolutionary Integral Approach to Life, God, the Universe, and Everything

The Integral Recovery Institute Certificate Course includes:

    • 9-unit Study Guide
    • Profound Meditation Program 3.0 Starter Kit (by iAwake Technologies)
    • Downloadable Lecture Recordings on a wide variety of related topics
    • Lively Monthly Group Forums facilitated by the faculty
    • Weekly Skype Meetings with your Faculty Advisor
    • Weekly Integral Recovery Fellowship Meetings online (optional)
    • Qualification for the IR Institute Diploma Course

Completion of the certificate course is expected to take six months, and is a pre-requisite for the diploma course.

Why is this course important?

Dupuy_Integral_Recovery_Cover_award-2RAnd why do we say that the future of recovery is Integral?
It is because the current state of recovery treatment worldwide is a disaster. There is virtually no education in our medical schools or the schools that train our counselors and therapists—around the world—on the disease of addiction. This has led, in many cases, to doctors being one of the main sources of addictive drugs to our human family.

John Dupuy recently had a young physician from Sweden approach him at an event and tell him, “I’m a doctor and I had to read your book to understand addiction. And you’re not a doctor! Something is wrong here.” To which he responded, “Yes, there is.

While there are many breakthroughs occurring in our understanding of the disease of addiction as a genetic, neurological, social, and spiritual disease, there has been no serious effort outside of Integral Recovery, to bring all of these disparate fields of study under one roof and to knit them together so that they actually work and cover all the essential bases of this disease.

Enter the Integral map.

AQAL PP VersionWhen John Dupuy first read a paper by Ken Wilber on the AQAL/Integral map some 10 years ago, he immediately saw it as the missing link, or perhaps even the Rosetta Stone, for us to understand the disease of addiction and achieve a much more effective treatment model and program.

Everything that was essential was covered and even a few things that he had not thought of yet:

  • The 4 quadrants
  • The semi-independent lines of development
  • The stages of development
  • States of consciousness
  • Personality types

With this map, we have the evolutionary scaffolding to hold a truly holistic, Integral approach to healing our beloved addicts and effectively address the disease of addiction. In addition to the map itself, for the last 10 years we have been developing the Integral practices that allow us to traverse the essential territory that is revealed by the Integral map: the individual self, the individual’s body and brain, families, cultures, civilizations, levels of development, states of consciousness, interiors and exteriors, and individual personality types as revealed in the studies of human typologies.

Meet the IRI Faculty

John head shotJohn Dupuy, M.A. has worked in many of the nation’s top therapeutic wilderness programs and helped found Passages to Recovery and Open Sky Wilderness Therapy. He is the founder of Integral Recovery®, has taught Basic Addiction Studies at JFK University for the last four years, and is author of the award-winning book Integral Recovery: A Revolutionary Approach to the Treatment of Alcoholism and Addiction (2013). John travels nationally and internationally to teach and inspire on the subject of Integral Recovery. He is also a co- founder and CEO of iAwake Technologies, LLC, a meditation technology company. John is a pioneer in using brainwave entrainment technology clinically for the treatment of addiction, depression, and other mental disorders.

Guy du PlessisGuy du Plessis, BA Hons, BPsych Equivalence, is an independent researcher, Registered Counselor in private practice, co-founder of the Integral Recovery Institute, and the Institute of Integral Addiction Research. He has worked in the addiction treatment milieu for over 15 years as Head of Treatment, Clinical Director, Program Director, Counselor, Trainer, and Program Developer. Guy is the developer of the Integrated Recovery Model and the Integrated Recovery Therapy method, and is a pioneer in the implementation of an integrally informed clinical model within an inpatient addiction treatment milieu. He has several published articles in the Journal of Integral Theory and Practice and is the author of the soon-to-be-published book Addiction Recovery in the New Millennium: The Twelve Steps and Beyond.

Dr. Bob WeathersBob Weathers, Ph.D.,
holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and a Master’s of Arts in Religious Studies.  Over the course of his professional career, Dr. Weathers has provided tens of thousands of hours of therapeutic counseling and recovery coaching to clients. Bob has committed the past 35 years of his professional life to teaching and training graduate-level mental health providers at several southern California universities. He is currently Curriculum Developer at California Southern University, recently developing their brand-new, CAADAC-approved Addiction Studies Certificate and mindfulness-based clinical training coursework. He has published numerous articles in a broad cross-section of professional books, journals, and edited volumes.

 What Professionals & Scholars are Saying About the IRI Team

“I learned more in one hour with you than I learned in a year of psychotherapy.”

~J.B, IRI Student

“Integral Recovery is where the rubber meets the road and integral theory gets a glorious vehicle of sacred practice to literally save lives. John Dupuy is a true hero of practice and authentically embodies the principles of his pioneering work to treat the disease of addiction. Integral Recovery is tough love in its highest expression, and you know what: it’s not just for addicts.”

Dennis Wittrock (M.A.), CEO of Die Integrale Akademie and Integrales Forum

“The Integrated Recovery Model is a superb application of Integral Theory to recovery, and touches all the main bases that Integral Theory recommends. Its founder has done a magnificent job of using Integral Theory fully, faithfully and accurately, to produce what has to be one of the most effective and comprehensive treatment models now in existence.”      

Ken Wilber, Integral Philosopher and Author

“Guy du Plessis has published three articles in the Journal of Integral Theory and Practice (JITP). Guy’s work is an invaluable contribution to the growing field of integral approaches to recovery and addiction as well as being a sophisticated usage of Integral Theory that honors and integrates the main etiological perspectives of addiction. In addition, Du Plessis’ methodology provides a template for how other practitioners might go about creating a meta-framework for their own disciplines. Authors from a variety of fields have developed their integral research in the pages of JITP, but Guy’s work stands out as one of the most pragmatic, clearly articulated, and nuanced applications of the Integral model.”

Lynwood Lord: Managing Editor of the Journal of Integral Theory and Practice

“John Dupuy’s approach to addiction treatment is proving to be my personal missing link in my evolution as a recovering alcoholic.”

~ Adam Gorman, Psy.D

The Integral Recovery Certificate Course – $1,770



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