Professional Training Course in Buddhism and Psychotherapy

Australian Association of Buddhist Counsellors and Psychotherapists

Next Course Commences May 2021

AABCAP is delighted to offer the 6th Professional Training Course in Buddhism and Psychotherapy. AABCAP invites prospective students who have clinical qualification and experience in areas such as psychiatry, psychology, psychotherapy, counselling, or social work to apply for this inspiring two-year training. Over the course of the two years students will come together for 10 face to face weekend training modules and 3 residential retreats. Each module and retreat is taught by an experienced multidisciplinary faculty, including psychiatrists, psychologists, psychotherapists, social workers, Buddhist nuns and monks.

Students will gain a lived understanding of:

  • Buddhist psychology from the perspective of the three main Buddhist traditions
  • The interface between Buddhist psychology and the western psychological traditions
  • The social, cultural and ethical issues in the integration of Buddhism and psychotherapy
  • Mindfulness and its four foundations in psychotherapy
  • The awakening experiences of insight, compassion and equanimity
  • Buddhism and psychotherapy in specialised areas of therapeutic work such as body based psychotherapy, working with addictions, and supporting clients with end of life issues
  • The spiritual dimensions of therapy
  • Buddhist informed relationship therapy

The course modules offer a balance of theoretical and experiential learning, using lectures, discussion, experiential and group processes, case presentations, supervision, contemplation and meditation practices.  Throughout the modules and retreats students will be instructed and supported to learn, deepen and refine personal meditation practices.  The retreats in particular offer the opportunity to experience Buddhist teachings and practices taught from the paradigm of one of the three main Buddhist traditions: Theravada, Vajrayana (Tibetan) and Mahayana (Zen).

To qualify for this training course the minimum requirements are:

  • 200 hours of basic psychotherapy/counselling training
  • A minimum of 3 years relevant clinical experience gained after the completion of the basic clinical qualification
  • At least 10 hours of clinical supervision during training
  • A minimum of 30 hours of clinical supervision of clinical practice

NB: Other relevant qualifications and clinical experiences are considered.

If you are in doubt whether your current experience is sufficient, please submit an Expression of Interest and the Director of Training will be in touch to discuss your eligibility.

Our Next Professional Training Course commences in May 2021 – If you would like to join us please submit an Expression of Interest

Expression of Interest

Course Prospectus

This is a Specialist Postgraduate Programme accredited by Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia.

This training counts as 20 hours of category A CPD for PACFA’s membership renewal requirements in 2020 -2021, 2021-2022, 2022-2023 (A total of 60 hours)

For full details and registration please go to the website:

1/05/2021 9:00 AM - 26/03/2023 5:00 PM
AUS Eastern Standard Time

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