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Interpersonal Neurobiology Certificate of Completion

Important announcement about the IPNB program

The GSE has been reviewing the curriculum and faculty resources for the Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNBP) Certificate of Completion program and unfortunately has determined that we will close the program by the end of summer 2016.  All previous and current students were notified beginning in November via the IPNB listserv. 

The courses will run in their current format through summer term 2016. Anyone wanting to complete the certificate option will need to complete all remaining courses by summer 2016.  Students interested in taking some courses (but not receive the certificate) may continue to register for courses as long as they are offered.  If you have questions about your individual status with completing the certificate, or with this curriculum change, please contact me at  

We continue to believe in the importance and viability of this coursework for our students and community members and are looking at new partnerships to continue offering this material.  More information will be provided as we know more.  If you have specific questions please contact

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Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB), a term coined by Dr. Dan Siegel, studies the way the brain grows and is influenced by personal relationships. Recent studies have discovered that brain growth occurs throughout the lifespan. IPNB explores the potential for healing trauma by using positive and secure influences on the brain. Conditions once thought to be permanent now have the bright potential for healing and growth. IPNB has broad applications that are useful for parenting, mental health, addictions, education, health care, business professionals, and more.

Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB) is an exciting interdisciplinary perspective, drawing from the fields of neuroscience, psychology, complexity theory, and relationship studies. Other related fields of study include, affective neuroscience, social neuroscience and social cognitive neuroscience. The interpersonal neurobiology perspective extends from the intricacies of neurobiology to the level of the interpersonal world. Because interpersonal neurobiology involves so many disciplines and areas of practice, this program is designed with flexible components to promote a central core of knowledge while facilitating each participant's professional and personal application of the information.

Distance delivery
We have structured this program to be accessible both locally and at a distance. Most courses are taught in three-days face-to-face and then finished online.

We are also using video streaming to deliver the face-to-face portion of the class. Through this approach, participants join the class live, directly from their computer. If you are unable to join the live class, you can view the archived video streams from the online portion of the class. A reliable high-speed internet connection is needed for this to be successful. Dial-up connections are not satisfactory. Other distance technology such as webcasts and teleclasses may also be used.

To view either live or archived streaming video you need Internet Explorer 5.0 or higher, Windows Media Player 9 Series or higher and a broadband (LAN, DSL or cable) internet connection. Free download of Windows Media Player for PC or Mac is available at

Please see the online access information (credit, noncredit) for technical requirements.

General Information

The program is comprised of core classes, special topics classes, specialization tracks and electives. Some courses involve nationally known experts. Courses will be available in various combinations of face-to-face and distance learning. The curriculum can be taken:

  • As individual continuing education workshops/classes
  • As a continuing education certificate of completion
  • As individual graduate credit classes
  • As a graduate-level academic certificate of completion

Learning objectives

Participants will be able to:

  • Describe and critique the history of neuroscience and development of interpersonal neurobiology.
  • Identify the leaders and emerging leaders in the field - includes identifying the research and practice sites where IPNB is being utilized and the ongoing research agenda and specific research questions
  • Discuss the major theoretical strands that underpin IPNB, e.g., attachment theory
  • Monitor, track and assess information on IPNB and contribute to the healthy development of the field
  • Describe the impact of IPNB and implications for health, education, parenting, mental health/addiction, parenting and relationships, early childhood education and other fields
  • 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 and their role in IPNB
  • Identify and discuss the ethical issues in the interpersonal neurobiology field
  • Develop and disseminate practical applications for their own profession
  • Develop and/or participate in research and intervention projects wherever possible

Take a look at our mission—you'll see that we want people to critique the work (research and conceptual) that supports IPNB. We also hope people will find opportunities to participate in furthering the research and application of this new interdisciplinary field.


The Portland State University certificate in Interpersonal Neurobiology

  • Promotes the use of research findings on the brain and relationships to create healthier minds and a healthier world
  • Prepares professionals to continuously critique, extend and amplify the knowledge base of IPNB
  • Provides highly qualified education in IPNB to people who work at the intersection of brain, relationships, and mind
  • Develops interdisciplinary thinkers who integrate their knowledge and experience into practical applications

It is our vision that recipients of the Certificate in Interpersonal Neurobioloqy will go on to produce significant research and develop powerful applications in this new interdisciplinary field.

What is a Certificate of Completion?

This certificate of completion can be taken as noncredit or credit. To learn more about the types of certificate of completion available, click here.