Option Process Mentor Certification

Master the Art & Science of Personal Transformation

Here’s a brief overview: The Option Process® Mentor-Counselor Certification has been called the ‘ultimate personal growth training program’… Why? This training is a deep-dive into the mastery of the Option Process® Dialogue, to the point where you will go even beyond the skill of asking the most effective questions. This training will give you the ability to ‘live and breathe’ the principles as a way of life.

Special Message from Bears Kaufman –
Option Institute Co-Founder

I have always wanted to be happy or, at the very least, happier. I have always wanted to know, feel, and express love. I have always wanted to be a better and more helpful communicator. And I have always wanted to have a positive, meaningful impact on the world. The most significant thing that helped me realize those aspirations was using PowerDialogues℠: the easy-to-use series of Socratic questions, with the all-important Option Process® Mentor’s attitude. Using PowerDialogues℠, as my go-to tool allowed me to help myself and others profoundly. In doing so, I not only learned and practiced love by helping folks find their inner guidance and wisdom; additionally, I utilized these questions to gain life-changing insights, enabling me to create the life of my dreams.

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REQUEST INFO The Core of What We Teach
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Mentor Certification

Which Mountain will you climb?

Pathway #1: Your Personal Summit

  • Do the “Mount Everest” version of Self Mastery.
  • Master the Option Process Mentor attitude – being fully loving, non-judgmental and present with yourself and others.
  • Become a champion of self-awareness – so that you can radically change and re-invent yourself to be the person you’ve always dreamed of being.
  • Become a powerful support system for those you love and care about.

Pathway #2: Professional Enhancement Summit

  • Attain certification level of the Option Process Dialogue.
  • Enhance your capacity and effectiveness as a helping professional.
  • Improve your work environment and productivity – by using the Option Process Mentor skills and attitude with those you supervise.
  • Have an accredited certification program with the International Authority for Professional Coaching & Mentoring (IAPCM) on your professional profile.

In Mentor Certification you’ll learn how to:

  • Employ a highly respectful, effective system of questions specifically designed to transform discomfort, distress, and self-limiting behaviors.
  • Gain (or help someone else gain) personal clarity, comfort, and self-empowerment.
  • Master a nonjudgmental and nondirective attitude that establishes an ideal environment for another to explore their emotional discomfort.
  • Help clients, colleagues and friends uncover and change their beliefs, and through doing so, change the way they act and feel.
  • Dismantle your personal limitations and self-judgments to build a strong, consistent loving attitude.
  • Refine your listening abilities to clearly discern the limiting and judgmental beliefs of another person.
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Enhance your career with this fully accredited training program


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You will gain a wealth of new tools and skills

As a certified Option Process Mentor, you can help others using the same process and philosophy that has helped thousands to transform their lives. Many professionals have enhanced their careers and efficacy by becoming a Certified Option Process Mentor. Professional areas enhanced by this training include:
AdvocacyCounseling with Juvenile & Adult OffendersMergers & Acquisitions
Aging / GerontologyCrisis InterventionNursing
Assessment and TestingExecutive CoachingPsychiatric Nursing
Athletic CoachingFamily AbusePersonal Coaching
Bereavement CounselingGuidance CounselingPhysician
Career CounselingHealth CounselingPsychology
Case ManagementHospice CarePsychotherapy
Child AbuseLife CoachingChildren & Adolescents
Medical ProfessionalsManaged CareSchool Counseling
Community & Agency CounselingManagement/AdminSocial Work
Conflict ResolutionMarriage & Family CounselingSpecial Needs
Corporate IntegrationMediationSubstance Abuse Counseling
Union Representatives
AdvocacyCounseling with Juvenile & Adult Offenders
Mergers & AcquisitionsAging / Gerontology
Crisis InterventionNursing
Assessment and TestingExecutive Coaching
Psychiatric NursingAthletic Coaching
Family AbusePersonal Coaching
Bereavement CounselingGuidance Counseling
PhysicianCareer Counseling
Health CounselingPsychology
Case ManagementHospice Care
PsychotherapyChild Abuse
Life CoachingChildren & Adolescents
Medical ProfessionalsManaged Care
School CounselingCommunity & Agency Counseling
Management/AdminSocial Work
Conflict ResolutionMarriage & Family Counseling
Special NeedsCorporate Integration
MediationSubstance Abuse Counseling
Union Representatives

Client Testimonials

I thought I was coming to a training program that would teach me a practical skill, but that was maybe 5% of it-the other 95% was learning-once and for all-to get really comfortable in my own skin- because it is only from this space of self-acceptance and love that I can deliver the simple, useful questions of the dialogues.

Erik Linthorst

Mentor / Film Maker, California

Certification has without a doubt been one of the most significant and powerful months of my life. The program has been delivered with excellence; the classes were fun, clear, well-balanced and very useful. The love and support from all the staff to learn and grow has been outstanding. Thank you so much for your willingness to take each step in training and self-studentship with each of us. It is an honor and a delight to now be a fully equipped mentor and an ambassador for this process in the world.

Rachel Jacobson

Psychology / Neuroscience University Student, United Kingdom

I learned to let go of anxiety, self-judgment and fear of others and to trust myself and truly listen to others in ways I never have before. I received tremendous love and support in conjunction with the challenges of learning and growing. I realized in much greater depth that we can change what we think and feel at any time.

Jon Hillegeist

Workforce Development / Organizational Effectiveness, Connecticut


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The Option Institute and its teachers have had the honor to present programs (during the last four decades) that explore the attitudes and beliefs we have (and may want to change) and to help program participants find their own answers to questions about relationships, careers, family challenges and health issues. Our new program, Health & Healing: Navigating Life’s Health Challenges (formerly '5 Days to Live') , focuses on navigating significant health challenges and decision-making with greater ease, clarity, and clear purpose.

We are not a medical facility and we do not dispense any medical advice. We have and would always guide our program participants, to consult with their doctors, healthcare providers, and family members in making medical decisions for themselves and those they love. Neither Mass General Hospital nor any member of its medical staff endorses any program being offered by the Option Institute and its teachers.

NOTE: Attendance of live sessions via Zoom are required to complete this course.

Please note, this is a per-person registration



PRE-REQUISITES for attending Advanced Power Dialogues are:

  • Completion of The Option Institute’s PowerDialogues program.
  • If it’s been more than 5 years since you attended PowerDialogues, please call 413-229-2100 to discuss options.

NOTE: Attendance of live sessions via Zoom are required to complete this course.

Please note, this is a per-person registration


Dear Donor,

Jeannie Reid was searching for answers to the challenges she and her family were facing. Jeannie and her husband Stuart’s son, Carson, had been diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder, a condition on the Autism spectrum. For Carson that meant being completely involved in obsessive behaviors and only using minimal words to identify objects, as well as frequently and completely melting down.

Soon after, Jeannie found the book, “Son-Rise: The Miracle Continues” and when she read it, she KNEW she had found what she was looking for. She began using some of the Son-Rise techniques described in the book on her own until she was able to come to The Autism Treatment Center of America for the Son-Rise Program Start-Up. As she put into practice what she learned there, Carson’s world was opening up. Today Carson is attending a Montessori school as a 'typical' student and functioning at or above typical grade level, being fully verbal and conversational, and very interested in learning about the world and interacting as much as possible with other people. He is even taking swim lessons at the local YMCA and doing great!

“It has been wonderful to get, and stay connected with other people and Son-Rise parents from all over the world. My son’s progress had already come very far, but now I truly believe we can go all the way!”

Jeannie wrote.

Stuart Reid then attended the Empower Yourself course and brought home a new sense of clarity, balance and personal power. He shared his new empowerment with Jeannie and she in turn gained in confidence, strength and enthusiasm. Their own relationship began to flourish anew, as well. Life-altering changes were happening for Jeannie and her family.

Jeannie journeyed again to Sheffield, this time for the Fearless course at The Option Institute to help her recognize and overcome her personal obstacles. Jeannie wanted to continue her amazing journey as she had found using the techniques she learned in The Son-Rise Program and in Fearless had absolutely changed the lives of everyone in her family.

But, because the Reids’ finances had been seriously stretched by then, their next steps were put on hold. Then an amazing event changed everything. Jeannie’s college roommate and lifelong friend decided to start a Son-Rise Program scholarship fund for people from the Cleveland area. Since then Jeannie has been able to move ahead with her courses, taking Radical Authenticity, Son-Rise Maximum Impact and Son-Rise Wide Awake ... and eventually she became a Certified Group Facilitator.

Jeannie Reid’s story is about wanting BIG and making it happen. She is about to embark on her renewed private practice as an art therapist, and plans to be a super advocate for The Son-Rise Program in her area. Her wonderful new life is a product of her persistence and belief, and of the wheels she helped set in motion for others when her friends learned of how she and her family had been impacted by The Son-Rise Program.

“I know I will be able to give back by helping others, and that will be the top of my personal mountain! Thank you to everyone who donates! You are making a big difference in the world!

Jeannie Reid


Dear Donor

Two years ago, Antonio's kindergarten teacher told us something was not quite right with our little boy. He was not socializing, he somersaulted all the time and hardly spoke at all. At the time I was working for a municipality close to Florence, Italy and basically I had nothing left after seeing to basic necessities.

In the meantime, I looked up Autism with Google and as I was also looking for happiness and personal growth, I was guided to The Option Institute, thence the Autism Treatment Center of America. I read up as much as I could and started trying to apply the “Happiness is a Choice” suggestions. I'm not quite good at it but it has helped me with attitude, and everything else that seemed trying is really different after all this.

When I decided to come for The Son-Rise Program Start-Up, I really had little or no money to pay for it. I spoke to my friends, old and new. My mother helped me, friends I thought couldn't [help] tried their very best and the scholarship did the rest.

What the scholarship did was give a HUGE boost to my fundraising. About six friends contributed the rest, at the travel agency a very kind lady who I may now call a friend helped me some more. I am overwhelmed with gratefulness. Here I am, happy to have attended the Start-Up program and looking forward to learning more and praying to God for guidance.

So the gist of the matter is, I am a happy mum who hopes to implement a wonderful relationship with her child and is riding a not so easy moment with lots of hope in her heart and THANK YOU is not enough for what I feel. I still remember William's words, “If you do what you've always done, you will get what you've always got.” Now I'm trying to do different, bit by bit, day by day. I feel the difference already.

About Antonio ... we are going on with the Italian program and I play with Antonio after school in a quiet room in the house. Knowing what the little guy is exposed to (he's always putting his fingers in his ears and he seems to have problems with too much light in his eyes), I find him very brave as he bears it tolerably. Drums a lot to digest it all.

When we went to the doctor, just weeks after starting the program at home, she told me that she found him more attentive. His attention span has increased. He is also tagging or pulling at one's arm when looking for attention. The child psychologist last Saturday reported the same thing and what's more, my son has always required that I enter the room, hence assisting in every session. Well, this time he went in along with the doctor and told me, “See you later.”

At school, his teacher who speaks English as well, read up and watched my DVD (Kyle’s Journey, Jade and “I want my little boy back”). Now she's changing, bit by bit and I do appreciate that very much. He seems to be OK with her and actually sent me away from class this morning, again telling me, “See you later.”

He is now ONE HUGE GREENLIGHT and I'm hoping to be able to really have volunteers (still looking), raise funds and settle down to business.

God bless,



Dear Donor,

I am the mother of three children, all on the Autism Spectrum. Before I heard of the Son-Rise Program and the Option Institute, I was a desperate, angry and depressed person…. I was on Anti-depressants, sleeping multiple hours of the day, and for a period of time, using alcohol to run away from my pain.

Then I heard of the Son-Rise Program. I called to find out more about it and thought “this if for me!” But I could not afford it. You see raising one child with Autism is very expensive but raising three is just outrageously expensive with all the therapies and dietary interventions that we were doing.

But I was offered a full scholarship to the SRSU program. I have since attended all of the Son-Rise Programs and many of the Personal Growth programs offered by the Option Institute.  Each time I have been given a scholarship and each time I go I learn more about who I am and I change for the better each and every time.  Because of your most generous support, my children are recovering from Autism, I have found happiness in my life!  I am no longer on anti-depressants and I have so much more energy.

YOU are the reason that my family is in recovery. It is because of YOU that my oldest son now is enjoying school.  YOU are the reason my second son is speaking. YOU are the reason my daughter is no longer as rigid and controlling as she once was.  Thank you does not even begin to cover how much gratitude I have for you.  I thank God every day for you and I do not even know you.

Please know that you are changing lives with your donation to ATCA and the OI.  It is because of you that every day people are getting the help that they need. Thank you, thank you and thank you!

With so much love,

Kerry Rihtar