Training

AABCAP Professional Training Course in Buddhism and Psychotherapy

Next Course Begins February 2019
An innovative and unique postgraduate course integrating the wisdom of Buddhism with the art and science of Psychotherapy.
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.
In their respective field, an applicant’s basic psychotherapy/counselling training should consist of at least 200 hours of attendance, (whether gained in one training or over several trainings).  Also required is relevant clinical experience of a minimum of 5 years, gained after the completion of the basic clinical qualification, and a minimum of 50 hours of supervision in clinical practice.
Applications are also encouraged from Buddhist Sangha who wish to develop their understanding of the value of psychotherapy in the support of Buddhist practitioners.
  • 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.
Our Next Professional Training Course starts in February 2019 – Applications Open 1st October 2017
If you’re interested to apply as an experienced therapist in the field of mental health,  having meet the criteria as outlined in the prospectus, 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 reminders regarding application for our 2019-2020 course as well as any other opportunities and events that could be of interest to you.  Please note that AABCAP is unable to support International Student Visas.
Course Prospectus for 2019 Course v4 (PDF)
Expression of Interest for 2019 Course (PDF)
Application for 2019 Course (PDF)