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The Personal is Professional: Buddhist Ethics for Psychotherapy Practice
Dates: Apr 27, 2017
Days: Thu

Instructor(s): Delia Kostner, Lynette Monteiro

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In this seminar we will investigate Buddhist ethics (sila in Pali) within the context of modern Western psychotherapy. Buddhist ethics are not simply a list of “do’s and don’t’s” typical of the prescriptive ethics of our various professional organizations. They are treated as a process and a practice. In fact, the cultivation of our own ethical compass is especially important in the arc of mindfulness-based programs (MBPs) where the cultivation of mindfulness is simultaneously the development of skillful means or ethical postures to our life situation.
Can close examination of our behavior and behavioral impulses, thoughts, and affects as they arise in and outside of the therapy hour reveal patterns whereby we might be at risk of engaging in behavior unhelpful to the therapeutic process? Can such “experience near” personal explorations increase the likelihood of engaging in an ethically wholesome manner with our patients? We will examine these questions through lectures, case material and discussion to establish a relationship of this approach to our work in the consulting room. This seminar extends into an optional weekend retreat focused on the cultivation (bhavana) of an ethical framework for mindfulness approaches.

This program is designed to meet the continuing education requirement for those  whose state licensure boards require ethics credits for license renewal.However, we suggest that you check with your local licensing board to ensure this program meets their criteria.

5 continuing education credits for psychologists and social workers have been approved for those who attend this program in full. We are not able to offer CEU's for Counselors (NBCC). Please note that we charge a $25 processing fee for CEUs.  More information is available here.
  • Delia Kostner is a psychologist and psychoanalyst in private practice in Amherst NH. A former faculty member at the Pine Psychoanalytic Center and current member of the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, she has taught, written and lectured widely on the confluence of mindfulness and psychoanalysis and psychodynamic psychotherapy. She is a trained Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher, and has been a serious student of Buddhism since 2002. She is the founder and co-facilitator of the Souhegan Valley Insight Meditation Group in Milford, NH.

  • Lynette Monteiro (PhD) is a registered psychologist, Clinical Professor at the University of Ottawa and co-founder of the Ottawa Mindfulness Clinic. She developed mindfulness-based symptom management (MBSM) as an ethics-focused program for mental health and specializes in the treatment of pain/chronic illness and PTSD. Director of Training at the OMC, she has authored several articles on the topic of ethics in mindfulness, co-authored the book Mindfulness Starts Here with Frank Musten and blogs at 108 Zen Books.