HSP Certification Program

Highly Sensitive Person (HSP)


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 and are 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

Course Objectives

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

Create a mind-body-spirit toolbox for utilization when working with HSP clients

Identify HSP’s common mental challenges and therapeutic needs

Implement multiple appropriate therapy methods

Provide tools that stimulate positive change in the client’s wellbeing

Demonstrate an understanding of the neurological process of the sensory processing sensitivity trait

Course Features


Available in online video streaming
format with audio narration

Total Hours

Approximately 16 hours  of coursework (+/- 2 hours per session x 8 sessions)

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 & materials available for up
to 1 year from time of enrollment


Email or phone 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 certificate in both digital and hardcopy formats accredited by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners
  • A counselors guide with over 100 pages of digital content for teen HSPs (videos, music, meditations, quizzes and energy-based exercises)
  • A personalized listing in two online directories for HSP certified professionals
  • An educational flyer to use on your website or client marketing/promotional material
  • Access to monthly online support meetings providing continued knowledge, guidance and community with other HSP certified professionals