Our niche is the clinical interface between client and therapist
Participants in these programs are not required to be or to become buddhists
Welcome to BFT

    Welcome to Buddhism For Therapists.

    Buddhism For Therapists' Programs

    integrate the unique philosophy of

    consciousness in Tibetan Buddhism

    and Western Psychotherapy. We offer:

  • Professional Development Programs

  • Programs to satisfy one's personal

    curiosity

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2015 Programs

Stay tuned for more info to come.

Guanyin in front of wall painting* HH Sakya Trizin & HH Dalai Lama

Professional Development

  • We offer Professional Development Programs for when clients come to you for therapy and in their session start talking about their interest in Buddhism, such as: meditation, karma, mindfullness, anger, detachment/attachment, happiness, mind, compassion and enlightenment, etc...

  • How will you manage the relational interface between you and the client on these very popular concerns and concepts, when so much has been lost in translation from Tibetan to English and other western languages?

  • Therapists who have been engaged in Buddhism for a long time are increasingly surprised at what gets lost in translation from Tibetan to English. Clients are interested in what Buddhism has to offer but develop ideas prematurely and inadvertently self-pathologise.

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Client: I went to teachings by a Rinpoche on the weekend and I discovered that I am lazy.

Therapist: Can you tell me a bit more about how you think you are lazy?

Client: My husband gets upset with me because I don't do the dishes after dinner.

Therapist: What's happening after dinner that you don't want to do the dishes?

Client: I am just really tired after having done two night shifts at the hospital. When I have an evening at home, I am too tired.

Therapist: Have you and your husband discussed other options with regard to the dishes?...

Summary:

This client developed ideas of laziness after attending a talk by a Tibetan Rinpoche who has very good English and who has been around westerners for a long time. In his talk he was describing certain obstacles, ie. laziness and its antidotes.

This client thought she was doing a good thing for herself by identifying her obstacles.

However, she was unable to say to Rinpoche "would you call this behaviour, this struggle I have with the dishes at home, "lazy"?

Tibetan Buddhism is very good at offering antidotes to certain qualities.

However, this client didn't need an antidote to laziness. She had a tendency to always think less of herself and self-pathologise, mistakenly and inadvertently self-pathologise.

Continuing Prof Development

  • More often than not, professionals enrol in course in order to meet professional registration requirements without passion for the subject.

  • Buddhism For Therapists offers programs to engage creatively and passionately, at the same time offering CPD Points that will meet your registration requirements!

6 Paramitas/Steps

  • The 6 Steps Program offers the 6 Paramitas: Generosity, Morality, Patience, Diligence, Meditation and Wisdom as the key to relief from suffering. The 6 Steps are a fundamental process to Human Relationships.

  • The 6 Steps is a world first online Personal and Professional Development Program.

  • The 6 Steps Program has its roots in the Mahayana/Vajrayana Tibetan Buddhist Tradition which is compatible with Integrative and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapies.

Six Steps Postgraduate

The Postgraduate offering is for those professionals who have completed the Introductory Six Steps Program and who would like to apply the Six Steps to specialty areas, such as:

  • Six Steps for working with Depression
  • Six Steps for working with Anxiety
  • Six Steps for working with Addictions
  • Six Steps for working with Sexual Abuse
  • Six Steps for working with Chronic Illness

Professional Development

  • For therapists of all schools, who are very interested in Tibetan Buddhism and what HH The Dalai Lama has to offer in their personal life and in their work with others.

  • Buddhism For Therapists' niche is to resource good therapists and to focus on the clinical use & interface between Therapist & client.

  • To Participate in the 6 Step Program or any other professional Development program, people are not required to be or become Buddhists.

Continuing Prof Development

  • More often than not, professionals enrol in course in order to meet professional registration requirements without passion for the subject.

  • Buddhism For Therapists offers programs to engage creatively and passionately, at the same time offering CPD Points that will meet your registration requirements!

  • a program today or us with your personal interest and we will design a program specifically for you!

Supervision

  • Buddhism for Therapists offers Professional Supervision to integrate the unique philosophy of consciousness of Tibetan Buddhism and Western Psychology.

  • We offer supervision in person and online, facilitated by the best available technologies.

Therapists