June 29, 2010

"Buddhism & Psychology: The Art of Counseling" sponsored by Naropa University and FACES.

The Inaugural Boulder Institute on Mindfulness "Buddhism & Psychology: The Art of Counseling" will take place July 28-31 at the St. Julien Hotel in Boulder, Colorado. Speakers will include Daniel J. Siegel, MD; Jack KornField, PhD; and Karen Kissel Wegela, PhD.

This conference highlights an emerging trend in the field of psychotherapy: the inclusion of mindfulness in counseling. National conversation in the field shows that mindfulness awareness has already been proven to enhance psychotherapy. Current research shows that the benefits of mindfulness can help us explore aspects of ourselves that are not ordinarily noticed, experiences that occur below our level of consciousness.

For more information, visit Naropa’s site.

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Mark's picture

I'm reading Andrew Olendzki's "Unlimiting Mind" and have been noticing something that I have seen before in Kornfield: it's almost as if psychological terminology and an academic tone are used to slip in Buddhist doctrines, and the real agenda is not psychology but preaching the dharma. I notice the poster here doesn't say "Mindfulness and Psychology," but rather "Buddhism and Psychology." I was introduced to mindfulness in a counseling setting myself and have since found truth in the dharma, so I'm grateful there are Buddhist psychologists; but my therapist was pretty firm on not mixing spirituality with medical treatment, and stuck to the Kabat-Zinn methods. I'm concerned that attempts to cover Buddhist doctrine with a scientific patina will undermine the progress mindfulness has been making as a theraputic tool. Eventually somebody will portray this as a ruse to peddle religion under the guise of psychology, sometimes payed for with tax dollars and insurance premiums, and the resulting uproar will cause psychologists to back away from the practice. That would be a real tragedy.