Two Weekends: 20 & 21 October 2018 + 9 & 10 March 2019
Two weekends in Buddhist Psychology and Other-Centred Psychotherapy, an approach developed in the UK which offers a practical and positive therapeutic approach based on Buddhist psychology and a combination of Western and Eastern therapy met...
Two weekends in Buddhist Psychology and Other-Centred Approach
1. 'Creative Methods in ‘Other-Centred Approach’,
20 & 21 October 2018
Buddhist psychology suggests that we experience the world with a colouration added by our personal histories and experiences. We can become trapped by expectations and narrowness of view and fail to relate to others around us (human and otherwise) in a real way. In other-centred working we try to expand the world view and relate more authentically to those others. This other-centred methodology lends itself particularly to the use of creative methods. Art, role play or narrative work; movement, mythological exploration or drama; writing, music or body awareness all provide ways to explore the world of the self, but also to transcend it and investigate new directions. In creating a piece of art or a sculpt, a third element is brought into the therapy room which then becomes an ‘other’ which therapist and client can relate to and investigate. Fresh viewpoints become possible and the client is challenged to explore spontaneity and look at other perspectives. In particular, creative methods form a basis upon which role reversal can be used. This method in particular is significant in other-centred work because it gives the client direct experience of the ‘other’ viewpoint.
2. ‘The Wisdom of Not Knowing' , 9 & 10 March 2019
In modern Western society, we place a high value of knowledge. This can lead us to assume that it is possible to understand everything and that such understanding will bring with it the capacity to control our lives more. Buddhism on the other hand understands that, whilst the pursuit of deep understanding can be an important part of the personal journey, it is vital to our maturity as human beings to recognise that ultimately there is a great deal which we do not know. When we think we know, we cease to listen and explore. We unconsciously limit our frame of living to the familiar where we feel safe. We rely on old formulae to predict situations, even though these may be out of date. In therapy, discovering the capacity to be with clients in a state of not knowing is vital if we are going to be truly open to those we work with. It also conveys to them a trust in the process of stepping beyond the fixities of habitual views. When we recognise that we do not know, we listen and observe more carefully. We discover faith in life processes beyond ourselves. Not knowing allows us to find a greater wisdom, which is open to fresh possibilities in every moment.
Buddhist psychology provides insight into how people experience the world and create their own reality. This personal reality takes the form of a protective bubble, insulating the person from unwanted experiences to some degree, but also imposing limitations on their life. This approach differs from Western psychology in its way of approaching psychological problems. Whilst Western therapies often focus predominantly on the feelings and experiences of the person, refocusing the client’s attention onto the self-world with questions like: "what does it mean for you?" And "How do you feel it?", a Buddhist approach encourages deeper involvement with ‘the other’. It is a deep enquiry into reality in all its complexity, using questions such as: "So what is really true for them?" and "I wonder what that means for her?" In this way, the client is invited to connect more fully with his lived experience, loosening the hold of prejudice and assumptions, and achieving a more positive outward-looking attitude. The resulting encounter with others and with the environment is profoundly healing. Other-centred method provides an approach to mental problems which draws on a different perspective.
The approach is practical and will be useful to anyone who wants to explore human communication and experience from a personal or professional interest. Whilst the workshop will offer valuable CPD training for professional psychotherapists and counsellors, it will also be helpful to those in other caring professions or to people seeking to explore their own experience.
Caroline Brazier is a Buddhist and has practiced for more than twenty years as a therapist, trainer and lecturer. She is course leader of the Tariki Training Programme in Other-Centred Approach in England. She has written six books on Buddhism and psychology and is author of many chapters and papers on the subject. To find out more about her work, see www.buddhistpsychology.info or watch the video.
The weekends are held in Zeist, the Netherlands .
Registration & coffee: Saturday 9:30;
Programme: Saturday and Sunday at 10:00 - 16:30.
The number of participants is limited to max. 14; Teaching will be in English with some translation so you need a basic knowledge of English
The price for one weekend is € 185, -. incl. VAT, coffee / tea and lunch.
The price for both weekends is € 320,- incl-. VAT, coffee / tea and lunch.
A significant portion of the proceeds will benefit Tariki Trust and its main centre The Buddhist House, Narborough.