Upon completion of the cohort program, individuals have the opportunity to participate in the practicum to become a Certified Practitioner. This comes with the guidance of a Master Practitioner. Participants must utilize skills learned in the cohort program and work with another individual, or client, of their choosing. Over the course of numerous sessions, participants work with this individual/client through the Water Calming® modality in its entirety. 

Participants attend practicum group sessions with a Master Practitioner, live online via Zoom, for support and feedback through the process of working with the chosen individual/client. Once the practicum is complete, the participant will be distinguished as a Water Calming® Certified Practitioner. This is a higher distinguished honor that substantiates the participant's ability to work with individuals/clients using the Water Calming® modality.

The practicum is designed for mental health professionals. It is the participant's responsibility to check with their individual state boards to verify CE requirements for their state. 30 Continuing Education Credits are offered upon completion of the program. Continuing Education Credit is provided through Commonwealth Educational Seminars for the following professions: 


Commonwealth Educational Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Commonwealth Educational Seminars maintains responsibility for these programs and their content.

Licensed Professional Counselors/Licensed Mental Health Counselors:

Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to award continuing education credit for Licensed Professional Counselors/Licensed Mental Health Counselors. Please visit CES CE CREDIT to see all states that are covered for LPCs/LMHCs. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


Social Workers:

Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to award continuing education credit for Social Workers. Please visit CES CE CREDIT to see all states that are covered for Social Workers. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

If applicable: Social Workers – New York State

Commonwealth Educational Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers. #SW-0444.

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists:

Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to award continuing education credit for Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists. Please visit CES CE CREDIT to see all states that are covered for LMFTs. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


As an American Psychological Association (APA) approved provider, CES programs are accepted by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). These courses can be utilized by nurses to renew their certification and will be accepted by the ANCC. Every state Board of Nursing accepts ANCC approved programs except California and Iowa, however CES is also an approved Continuing Education provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing (Provider # CEP15567) which is also accepted by the Iowa Board of Nursing.

Sessions for the practicum will be based on participant need through working with their client. It will vary depending upon what phase of the therapeutic process they are in with the client. Topics of emphasis and discussion will include sensations, perceptions, emotions, central executive network, default mode network, salience network, awareness, balance, meaning, resilience, place attachment, fractal dimension, introspection, attention restoration, impermanence, ecocentrism, motivation, hope, pleasure, joy, nature connectedness, connection, stress recovery, and relaxation. Here is the 2021 practicum schedule:

Wed, Jan 6, 1-2:30pm (CT)

Wed, Jan 13, 1-2:30pm (CT)

Wed, Feb 3, 1-2:30pm (CT)

Wed, Feb 10, 1-2:30pm (CT)

Wed, Mar 3, 1-2:30pm (CT)

Wed, Mar 10, 1-2:30pm (CT)

Wed, Mar 31, 1-2:30pm (CT)

Wed, Apr 7, 1-2:30pm (CT)

Wed, Apr 28, 1-2:30pm (CT)

Wed, May 19, 1-2:30pm (CT)

Wed, May 26, 1-2:30pm (CT)

Wed, Jun 2, 1-2:30pm (CT)

Wed, Jun 9, 1-2:30pm (CT)

Wed, Jun 30, 1-2:30pm (CT)

Wed, Jul 7, 1-2:30pm (CT)

Wed, Jul 21, 1-2:30pm (CT)

Wed, Jul 28, 1-2:30pm (CT)

Wed, Aug 4, 1-2:30pm (CT)

Wed, Aug 11, 1-2:30pm (CT)

Wed, Sep 1, 1-2:30pm (CT)

Wed, Sep 8, 1-2:30pm (CT)

Wed, Sep 29, 1-2:30pm (CT)

Wed, Oct 6, 1-2:30pm (CT)

Wed, Oct 27, 1-2:30pm (CT)

Wed, Nov 3, 1-2:30pm (CT)

Wed, Nov 10, 1-2:30pm (CT)

Wed, Nov 17, 1-2:30pm (CT)

Wed, Dec 1, 1-2:30pm (CT)

Wed, Dec 8, 1-2:30pm (CT)

Wed, Dec 15, 1-2:30pm (CT)

At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

- Describe the stage of  Sensations  in order for clients to utilize natural environments that will benefit the therapeutic process. 

- Explain the stage of Perceptions in order for clients to prepare for the cyclical phases that occur through the progression.  

- Discuss the stage of Emotions in order for clients to identify how they feel through the therapeutic modality.

- Identify a client's description of stress in order to predict the level of activity in the Central Executive Network of the brain. 

- Utilize the creative activities in order for clients to activate the Default Mode Network of the brain.

- Apply the method of exercise shifting with clientele in order for them to activate the Salience Network of the brain.

- Assess various forms of client expression in order for clients to increase levels of Awareness.

- Discuss actions a client must take in order to return to a state of Balance and the qualities they have in that frame of mind.

- Identify themes in a client's life that contribute to the essential discovery of Meaning in their life.

- Explain the true definition of Resilience and support clients in cultivating greater levels of Resilience through practice. 

- Assess how the reality of Place Attachment plays a role in both comfort and therapeutic growth of a client.

- Compare different ratios of Fractal Dimension and their significance to client health through sensory experience.

- Discuss the significance of Introspection with a client in order for them to assess internal thoughts and feelings. 

- Utilize the therapeutic process with clients in order to create greater levels of Attention Restoration.

- Identify the cyclical theme of Impermanence in all things in order to support clients through stress regulation. 

- Explain to clients how Ecocentrism promotes health through establishing greater valuation of living organisms.  

- Assess levels of Motivation in clients that arise from dopamine release through the process. 

- Discuss the significance of Hope with clients and how it relates to goal setting, belief in personal capacity, and planning. 

- Assess levels of Pleasure in clients that arise from endorphin, enkephalin, and endocannabinoid release through the process.

- Discuss the significance of Joy with clients and how it often relates to experiential outcome.

- Assess levels of Nature Connectedness in clients that arise from integration with, caring for, and protecting nature.

- Discuss the significance of Connection with clients and the roles of oxytocin and vasopressin while experiencing this emotion. 

- Assess levels of Stress Recovery in clients through exposure to natural environments.

- Discuss the significance of Relaxation with clients and the roles of serotonin and GABA while experiencing this emotion.  

Grievance Policy

Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) seeks to ensure equitable treatment of every person and to make every attempt to resolve grievances in a fair manner. Please submit a written grievance to:

Dan Wilson, PhD 


Grievances would receive, to the best of our ability, corrective action in order to prevent further problems.

Accommodations for the Differently Abled

Water Calming® Institute training facilities are handicap accessible. Individuals needing special accommodations, please contact:

Dan Wilson, PhD 


Practitioners earn 15% of registration fees ($135) from a new participant payment that stems from their referral. Practitioners can also generate income through cohort teaching opportunities. This may come from already established cohorts or through newly created cohorts, dates, and locations. Please contact us in regard to additional income opportunities. 

*Participants must have a bachelor's degree, at minimum, in order to both participate in the practicum and be distinguished as a Water Calming® Certified Practitioner.

There is no deadline for registration. Participants begin the practicum, if they prefer, following their beginning level cohort experience. Cancellation can occur at any time and participants will receive a prorated refund based on 

For interest in participating in the practicum, contact 833-54-WATER or prior to making any payments.

Participants can either pay in full through the "Prices and Payment" page or schedule a payment plan via Venmo (@WaterCalming) with the Master Practitioner. Payment must be made prior to practicum sessions.

Practicum Total: $300

All inquiries will receive a response as soon as possible.