AABCAP Professional Training Course in Buddhism and Psychotherapy

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09/02/2019 - 06/12/2020
12:00 am
Buddhist Library

A two-year course starting in February 2019Applications are Now Open

An innovative and unique postgraduate course integrating the wisdom of Buddhism with the art and science of Psychotherapy.

  • Two year course, part time: 10 weekend modules and 3 residential retreats
  • An introduction to Buddhist psychology including concepts such as self/non-self, emptiness, mindfulness and embodiment
  • Taught by an experienced multidisciplinary faculty, including: psychiatrists, psychologists, psychotherapists, Buddhist monks and nuns
  • Explore the interface between Buddhist psychology and psychotherapy
  • Explore the social, cultural and ethical issues in the integration of Buddhism and psychotherapy
  • Learn about the awakening experiences of insight, compassion and equanimity
  • Explore the spiritual dimension of therapy
  • Deepen and refine personal meditation practice

The course offers a balance of theoretical and experiential learning, using lectures, discussion, experiential and group processes, case presentations, supervision, contemplation and meditation practices.

Students testimonials:
 “This course is doing the job of growing me from the inside out.”
“The experiential nature of the course is its strength.”
“I feel I have understood on a deep level the experience of compassion and loving-kindness.”
“To undertake this course has been the healthiest, self-supporting decision I have made in a long time. Challenging, supportive, exploratory.”

Who should apply:
This is a specialist postgraduate programme accredited by PACFA.  Prospective students will already have a clinical qualification in areas such as psychiatry, psychology, psychotherapy, counselling, or social work.  Other relevant tertiary qualifications may be considered.
Applications are also encouraged from Buddhist Sangha who wish to develop their understanding of the value of psychotherapy in the support of Buddhist practitioners.

Course Criteria

  • at least 200 hours of basic psychotherapy/counselling training, (whether gained in one training or over several trainings).
  • a 3 year minimum of relevant clinical experience, gained after the completion of the basic clinical qualification,
  • a minimum of 30 hours of supervision in clinical practice.

Location and Schedule:
Location: Modules – Buddhist Library Sydney/Camperdown
10 Weekend Modules 8.30am – 5pm + 3 Retreats (held near Sydney) as specified in course prospectus

How to apply:
If you’re interested to apply as an experienced therapist in the field of mental health, we encourage you to submit an Expression of Interest today. We’ll keep you informed of all relevant information pertaining to the next course as well as a any other opportunities and events that could be of interest to you.


Read our Full course prospectus inclusive of detailed information regarding module dates, costs, retreats and your trainers bio’s please visit our website https://www.aabcap.org/training

This event counts as 20 hours of category A CPD for PACFA’s annual membership renewal requirement