Presence: A Doorway to Ethics

Presence: A Doorway to Ethics

Presence has been shown to be a potent indicator of success in therapy, yet most of us weren’t taught how to deliberately develop this capacity in our therapy practices. Reflective meditation naturally develops presence, moving us gently toward the flow of our own experience in all its complexity, richness, and unpredictability.

Becoming more aware of our experience through meditation ultimately highlights several human existential “givens”. In Buddhism, these “givens” are called the Marks of Existence. A deeper understanding of these three Marks can create more capacity to approach our difficulties, and those or our clients, with greater insight and balance. This in turn further grows our ability to be present.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn and practice Reflective Meditation, a meditative approach that supports therapeutic Presence.
  • Learn and practice Reflective Meditation, a meditative approach that functions as an ethical safeguard.
  • Cultivate a friendly, responsive, and curious stance towards your own and others’ experiences.
  • Learn the 3 marks of existence in Buddhist Psychology and a provisional fourth mark.
  • Adopt an adaptation of the ACA Code of ethics as workshop agreements.

If you’ve already attended trainings at Pine Street and would like to learn more about Buddhist concepts that can arise in meditation, or if you simply feel drawn to developing Presence in your practice, this training is for you.

Due to the recent surge in the Coronavirus, we have moved this workshop online.

Nelly Kaufer, Licensed Professional Counselor, is a seasoned psychotherapist in private practice who integrates Buddhist psychology and meditation into her clinical work.

Judy Butler, Licensed Professional Counselor, is a lead teacher in the continuing education program at Pine Street Sangha, assisting therapists to reflect upon their ethical vulnerabilities and strengths.

Katrina Gould, LCSW has been in private practice for over 25 years.  A Buddhist meditation practice has supported and deepened her life for most of her adulthood.  

Susie Barrios, LCSW, has a long career as a social work educator, a trainer for mental health
professionals, and an individual and family therapist. She has been a meditator with Pine Street
Sangha since 2014.

Cost: The workshop is offered at three price points: $100, $160, and $220.  Honestly consider what you can afford. If you are able to pay on the higher end, this will support others who are experiencing financial challenges.  We are offering one free slot to BIPOC therapists, email to request the slot.

CE: 6 hours approved by NBCC** 

Saturday Oct. 15, 2022–9:30am-4:30pm/PT–Online via Zoom
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**Pine Street Sangha has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6694. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Pine Street Sangha is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

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