Just a quick note to say how well last Saturday's therapist forum went. We had a nice, big turnout of fifteen people, many of them old friends and past students we hadn't seen in a long time. Keeping in touch with like-minded people who share in the values and believe in the possibilities of Buddhist psychotherapy is much of what the forums are all about. But it is also about bringing in new perspectives and fresh ideas which is certainly what Jonny White of the Karuna Institute brought in as our guest speaker. I think we all came away with the feeling that as another Buddhist psychotherapy training program, Karuna has lots of things in common with us. But there are some interesting differences in the way the two approaches model the therapeutic encounter. It was useful to be able to explore some of those differences and talk about our different experiences as therapists and counselors. It was an opportunity for everyone to see things from a somewhat different paradigm. We certainly would love to have Jonny back. And there may also be scope for a joint conference with Karuna in future.
So the forums appear to be going from strength to strength. The next forum will on September the 21st. As of yet, we don't have a speaker lined up, but look for an announcement soon. In any case, mark the date in your calendar and do come if you can.
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