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Heart of Relationship: An Integration of Buddhism and Psychotherapy

Format Training Course
Presenters Dr Liz Turnbull, PhD (Sociology), AABCAP, EMDRAA, PACFA Reg. and Megan Thorpe A.A. Psychotherapy; Grad. Dip. Education (Health); Diploma of Teaching
Description Relationships play a major role in health, wellness and social wellbeing. Counselling and psychotherapy identify the relationship between therapist and patient to be central to the healing process. A Buddhist approach encourages the development of positive qualities of the heart and mind and a way of relating to self and others that recognises our interconnectedness and impermanence.

The Heart of Relationship: An Integration of Buddhism and Psychotherapy' starts from these principles of Buddhist psychology and explores the interrelationships between the development of the person and interpersonal awareness in daily life. It will also address the fundamental issues of loss and bereavement.

The therapeutic model offered in this subject is a body-mind approach attending to all levels of experience. It emphasises how we can embody compassion and unconditional presence, become mindfully attuned to the states of suffering and qualities of wholeness, and skilfully support ourselves and others, whether in daily or professional life.

Students will:

* Increase their knowledge and critical assessment of the core principles and methods of Buddhist influenced psychotherapy
* Evaluate and reflect on the role of Buddhist psychology in the contexts of counselling in spiritual care, chaplaincy and palliative care
* Develop and enhance capacities such as mindfulness, self awareness, and emotional intelligence through meditative and psychotherapeutic practices and evaluate the benefits of these in daily life
* Practise and develop relational skills within the framework of Buddhist influenced psychotherapy
About the presenter(s) Dr Liz Turnbull is a psychotherapist in private practice in South Golden Beach in Northern NSW. She is also an executive member of the Australian Association of Buddhist Cousellors and Psychotherapists (AABCAP). She was a Director of Somatics - Body Oriented Psychotherapy Training (2006 - 2010).

Megan Thorpe was awarded MA in Psychotherapy from Middlesex University in England, and trained in Core Process Psychotherapy, a psycho-spiritual psychotherapy, at the Karuna Institute in England. She is Manager of the Bereavement Counselling Service at St Vincent's Hospital and Sacred Heart Hospice in Sydney. Megan previously worked as a Spiritual Care Counsellor for people in the last weeks and months of their life, and has trained and co-ordinated teams of palliative care volunteers.
Location NSW Regional, Australia
Venue Nan Tien Institute Temple Campus
180 Berkeley Road, Berkeley

Please contact the event organiser to confirm if this venue is wheelchair accessible
Start/End Date 26 Nov 2012 to 30 Nov 2012
Time 9:00am - 5:30pm
Cost $850.00
Organiser Nan Tien Insitute
Contact Name Nan Tien Institute
Telephone 02 4272 0618
Fax 02 4271 7862