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, integrating their experience and knowledge into their daily life and 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.
Our objectives are to:
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.
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.
AABCAP has developed a comprehensive two-year post graduate training course in Buddhism and Psychotherapy for practising therapist and counsellors. Find out more about our next Professional Training Course. Read more here