Professional Practitioner Studies Year I


magic bookPractitioner Studies Year I is a 30 week course broken into 3 terms of 10 weeks each.  Students are required to attend an in-person retreat at the end of Professional Practitioner Studies, Year I and Year II, currently taking place at the Questhaven Retreat Center in San Marcos, CA the first weekend of June.  (Depending upon enrollment, the retreat center may change to accommodate the increased number of students.)

**Students must complete all prerequisite courses before entering Practitioner Studies.


To register for the 2018 Online Practitioner Training Retreat, please click here.




To register for Online Practitioner Training:

Students registering for Online Practitioner Training are required to complete the following in addition to having the letter of consent on file and registering and submitting payment of tuition through the registration page:

1.) Online Education Program Practitioner Training Application.

Applications can be submitted to the Online Education Coordinator.

2.) At least 2 Letters of Recommendation, with at least one recommendation coming from a Minister.  Additional letters of recommendation can be submitted by previous instructors or Practitioners. Instructions on how to submit the letters of recommendation are listed on the entrance application.

3.) Interview with Practitioner Training Instructor.  All students are required to complete an interview with the Practitioner Training Teacher prior to entry into the course.

To schedule your interview, please follow the steps below.

  • Visit the CSL Education Department scheduling website.
  • Select Practitioner I Entry Interview.
  • Select an instructor to schedule your interview with.
  • Select a time from the available time slots to meet with your Practitioner teacher.
  • Complete contact information and book your appointment.

The teacher will be in contact with you if there needs to be an adjustment to the scheduled interview date or time.

Interviews are conducted using video conference technology.  Your teacher will send you information regarding how to connect.

Students entering Practitioner Training in the Fall of 2018 can begin the application process in July of 2018.   Please note that students are able to complete and submit applications and schedule interviews at this time.  However, students cannot register and pay tuition for the Practitioner course until registration opens on August 1st.

If you have any questions about registration please email Misha Brigham, Online Education Program Coordinator using the contact form.

Term I Required Books:
The Science of Mind, Ernest Holmes - ISBN: 9781585428427
* Students may also choose to purchase this book on a tablet reader.  This option allows for term search which may assist in completing assignments.
Living The Science of Mind, Ernest Holmes - ISBN: 9780875166278
Concordance to The Science Mind - ISBN: 9780972718479
Practicing the Presence, Joel Goldsmith - ISBN: 9780062503992
Care Of The Soul, Thomas Moore - ISBN: 9780060922245

Term I Books for Background Reading (not required):
The Different Drum, M. Scott Peck
Healing Words, Larry Dossey
Recovering The Soul, Larry Dossey
Journey From Betrayal to Trust, Beth Hedva, Ph.D.
How To Use The Science of Mind, Ernest Holmes
Acts of Faith, Daily Meditations for People of Color, Iyanla Vanzant
Sisters of the Yam, Bell Hooks

Term II Required Books:
The Science of Mind, Ernest Holmes
Living The Science of Mind, Ernest Holmes
Concordance to The Science of Mind , Stewart and Lowe
Practicing the Presence, Joel Goldsmith
Care of the Soul, Thomas Moore
The Principles of Healing, H.B. Jeffery
Effective Prayer, Ernest Holmes - ISBN: 9781415865422

Term II Books for Background Reading (not required):
Beyond Appearances, Ernest Holmes
The Creative Process in the Individual, Thomas Troward
The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey
The Seat of the Soul, Gary Zukav
Homesick for Heaven, Walter Starcke
Return to Love, Marianne Williamson
You Are Always Your Own Experience, Tom Johnson
Healing Words, Larry Dossey
Ageless Body, Timeless Mind, Deepak Chopra

Term III Required Books:
The Science of Mind, Ernest Holmes
This Thing Called You, Ernest Holmes - ISBN: 9781585422661
Living The Science of Mind, Ernest Holmes
Principles of Healing, H.B. Jeffery
Elegant Choices, Marsha Sinetar - ISBN: 9780809130108

Term III Books Suggested (not required):
What Religious Science Teaches, Ernest Holmes
The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, Deepak Chopra
Your Sacred Self, Dr. Wayne Dyer
Transitions; Making Sense of Life’s Changes, William Bridges
Hymns to an Unknown God: Awakening Spirit in Everyday Life, Sam Keen
The Feminine of God: The Unfolding of the Sacred in Women, Sherry Ruth Anderson
and Patricia Hopkins

Suggested but not required books for students’ book report on grief, death and dying in class 26:
Grief Recovery Handbook, John James and Frank Cherry
Final Gifts, Maggio Callanan and Patricia Kelley
The Courage to Grieve, Judy Tatelbaum
Letter to a Dying Friend, Anton Grosz
When Grief Breaks Your Heart, James Moore
Being Human in the Face of Death, Deborah Roth and Emily Le Vier
Anything, Steve LaVine or Elizabeth Kubler Ross

Please note: If you are an active member of a CSL affiliated community within 30 miles of residence, you need to have a Letter of Consent on file.  Please request that your Minister complete this form and email to the Online Education Program Coordinator.

If you are not an active member of a CSL community or live more than 30 miles away from the nearest community, you do not need to submit a letter of consent.

As a reminder, you are not completely registered until tuition is paid. Credit for this course is not issued until tuition has been paid in full.