Australian Association of Buddhist Counsellors and Psychotherapists

In the last three decades there has been an exponential increase in publications on the related areas of Psychotherapy, Buddhism, spirituality and meditation. Buddhist-influenced therapies such as Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Core Process Psychotherapy and Hakomi are now in the mainstream of psychotherapeutic practices. There has also been a significant increase in the number of helping professionals who are committed and practising Buddhists or who have an interest in Buddhism in the West. The purpose of The Australian Association of Buddhist Counsellors and Psychotherapists (AABCAP) is to bring therapists together in order to discuss, learn and study the two disciplines of Psychotherapy and Buddhism, with the purpose of integrating their experience and knowledge into daily life and their work. The intention is that we all benefit from the depth of Buddhist psychology and practice. There is much to benefit us, as well as others, in our attempt to integrate Western Psychotherapy with Eastern Buddhism.
The objectives of AABCAP as listed in our constitution are as follows:
- provide a philosophical base, standards, and ethics for the practice of
Buddhist Influenced Counselling and Psychotherapy
- foster the professional development of full members
- maintain a professional organisational structure that supports the
practice of Buddhist Influenced Counselling and Psychotherapy
- provide education, training and research in Buddhist Influenced Counselling and Psychotherapy
- promote Buddhist Influenced Counselling and Psychotherapy in the community
- provide accreditation practices that will support the highest quality
practice in Buddhist Influenced Counselling and Psychotherapy
- work collaboratively and beneficially with other Buddhist Organisations

The highlight of the last year for AABCAP has been the graduation of 26 students from its inaugural two year Professional Training Course in Buddhism and Psychotherapy. Membership is healthy, we have held bimonthly Continuing Education Meetings in Sydney throughout the year and our 4th Annual Conference held in August this year attracted about one hundred delegates.

PACFA Section: General Counselling/Psychotherapy

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