Healing Traditions: Buddhism & Psychotherapy, Mindfulness for the Helping Professions – Wollongong, NSW, Australia


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‘Healing Traditions: Buddhism and Psychotherapy – Mindfulness for the Helping Professions’ is an ideal study opportunity for anyone interested in the interface between Buddhism and Psychotherapy, and the significant advantages this new spiritual dimension of psychotherapy has on modern life. This theoretical and experiential subject looks at contemporary mental and psychological disorders and diseases, and examines how Buddhism and Psychotherapy practices can respond, manage and impact on them.

In the last decade there has been an exponential increase in interest in the relationship between Buddhism and Psychotherapy. This subject explores the interface between Buddhism and psychotherapy and the therapeutic actions of Buddha’s core teachings and practice of mindfulness which are now incorporated in many mainstream psychotherapies. The theoretical and neurobiological basis of meditation training and the art and science of meditation useful in psychotherapy practice is discussed, demonstrated and practiced.

The subject also covers the Buddhist and psychological concepts and foundations of suffering pertaining to psychological distress, psychic pain, difficult relationship issues, stress induced diseases, addictions, ageing, sickness and death.  There will be experiential exercises to cultivate various clinically beneficial meditative practices. Content also touches on the social, cultural and ethical issues involved in the Integration of Buddhism and Psychotherapy for health professionals.

Students will:

  • Learn the theoretical and neurological basis of meditation and its relationship to the Buddha’s core teaching and practice of mindfulness.
  • Apply Buddhist and psychological principles to insight, embodiment and consciousness.
  • Develop a critical appreciation of the social, cultural and ethical issues in the integration of Buddhism and psychotherapy.
  • Experience clinically beneficial meditative practice.

Who is it for?

‘Healing Traditions: Buddhism and Psychotherapy’ is ideal for:

  • Psychotherapists, psychologists, counsellors and other mental health professionals.
  • Health practitioners involved in palliative care.
  • Chaplains wanting to develop new ways to offer support and make a difference.
  • Buddhist Studies academics.
  • Buddhism devotees wanting to enhance their spiritual practice, or anyone interested in learning more about Buddhism.


Preliminary reading

1 week – 20-26 April 2015

Lectures and workshops (5 day intensive on-campus)

27 April – 1 May 2015 (9:00am – 5:30pm daily)


3 weeks – Final assignments due 22 May 2015

See more at: http://www.nantien.edu.au/node/7950#sthash.VN15asPr.dpuf

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