For Therapists

Ethics for Mental Health Professionals: A Meditative Exploration

Helping you develop a meditation practice that sustains you as a therapist.

Are you a Mental Health Professional who would like to learn a psychologically sophisticated process of meditation, reflection, and recollection while earning continuing education hours in ethics?* Clinical ethical issues are complex involving multiple considerations and stakeholders. Meditative contemplation can integrate complex considerations and provide self-care that can mitigate impulses to meet personal needs through inappropriate client interactions.

Learn a thought and emotion friendly approach to meditation that encourages clear discernment and adaptive response in the face of professional challenges. Mental Health Professionals report a variety of professional and personal benefits such as; improved self-care, enhanced therapeutic presence, increased tolerance of difficult clinical situations and better ability to attune and learn from counter-transference.

These experiential workshops include didactic material about psychotherapy and Buddhist psychology, sitting meditation, group discussion of ethical issues and exploration of meditative experience. Learning is experiential and done within small group interviews. Each workshop is tailored to meet the interests and experiences of participants and provides a unique opportunity to honestly talk to peers about your meditative experience and ethical challenges.

This continuing education is appropriate for mental health professionals who are new to meditation as well as more experienced meditators. It is appropriate for those who integrate mindfulness practices into their therapeutic orientation and those who do not.

Nelly Kaufer, Licensed Professional Counselor, is a seasoned psychotherapist in private practice who integrates Buddhist psychology and meditation into her clinical practice. The focus of her graduate studies was Counseling Psychology with an emphasis on Buddhist studies. She has been teaching meditation, mindfulness and Buddhist psychology to mental health professionals for over 20 years, continually refining her perspective and approach. She is the founder of Pine Street Sangha, a meditation center in Portland, Oregon.

Judy Butler, Licensed Professional Counselor, has been teaching workshops for mental health professionals on the use of meditation as part of ethical practice and self-care since 2014. She retired from a long career working in trauma-focused agencies, followed by 15 years in private practice as a psychotherapist. Since completing the Teacher Training program in Reflective Meditation, she works alongside Nelly Kaufer teaching meditation, mindfulness and Buddhist psychology to other helping professionals.

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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.