HSP Certification Program

Highly Sensitive Person (HSP)
Certification / CEC Program


This program is approved by the CCPA for 10 CECs and accredited by the AADP.

In the late 1990’s the Sensory Processing Sensitivity (SPS) trait (also known as Highly Sensitive Person or HSP) was identified by Dr. Elaine Aron and colleagues. Affecting 15-20% of the population, this trait has a strong influence on the ability to interact and thrive in the everyday world as common stimuli from the environment produce uncommon reactivity in the nervous system of HSPs, resulting in biological and psychological challenges. Many clients are being treated for depression and anxiety without acknowledgement or treatment of their underlying SPS/HSP trait.  This is crucial to their overall psychological health and recovery.

Over the last two decades, with more research and exploration of the trait being conducted, we are now able to put forth tools and methods to help professionals provide appropriate treatment for their HSP clients.

Why become HSP certified?

  • Highly Sensitive People account for 15-20% of the population
  • 30-50% of therapy clients are HSPs struggling with depression, anxiety and other mental challenges
  • Identifying as an HSP relieves many psychosomatic issues
  • The methods and support for HSPs are different and far more effective than what is appropriate for other clientele
  • The more HSP certified professionals there are, the more awareness will be brought to this unique trait and subsequently, improved/effective care will be more readily available


At the end of this course, the participant will…

  • Understand how to assess the sensitivity trait in their clients
  • Identify common mistaken conditions and characteristics
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the neurological process of sensory processing sensitivity
  • Identify HSP’s common mental challenges and therapeutic needs
  • Implement multiple appropriate therapy methods
  • Possess tools that stimulate positive change in the client’s wellbeing


The 8 session course covers the following material:

  • Overview of the Sensory Processing Sensitivity trait
  • The Neurological Process & Physiological Challenges of HSPs
  • The Psychology of HSPs
  • The Social-Emotional Challenges of HSPs
  • HSP Self-Care
  • In-Session Practices & Traditional Therapy Methods
  • Alternative Therapy Methods
  • Program Review


Course Features


Approved for 10 CECs


An accredited certification course

Total Hours

10 hours of course videos and 10 hours of supplemental material


Available in online video streaming format with audio and video narration

Supplemental Material

Supplemental videos and reading provided for each session

Completion Time

Take up to 4 months at your own pace

Learning Tools

Engaging and interactive assessment tools and course quizzes

Access to Course

Course material available for up to 1 year from time of enrollment


Email support available throughout course completion

Qualifications for the HSP Certification Program

  • A licensed social worker, therapist, counselor, or psychologist or
  • Certified Health Coach, nurse, child or elderly care worker
  • An ability to commit approximately 20 hours over a 4-month period

Upon completion of the course, you’ll receive:

  • A digital certificate accredited by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners (hardcopy also available)
  • seal from the Nickerson Institute confirming course completion (can be displayed on your website/marketing material)
  • A counselors guide with over 100 pages of digital content for teen HSPs
  • A digital copy of  a”Discovering the Power of Sensitivity: A Guidebook for Parents and Activity Book for Children”
  • A  personalized listing in two online directories for HSP certified professionals
  • A guide offering tips for how to market yourself as an HSP trained professional on your website and social media (includes content for your website)
  • Access to periodic online support meetings providing continued knowledge, guidance and community with other HSP certified professionals



$398 (plus taxes where applicable)


Refunds are allowed 30 days from purchase provided the course has not been started.




  • "I knew quite a bit about HSPs, but I still found this course very interesting and learned a lot.  I highly recommend the course to other mental health professionals."

    Lian Kirksæther | Certified Coach & NLP Master Therapist | www.liank.no