What's Buddha Got To Do With Self-Care?

Some Ideas and Exercises for Psychotherapists from Zen, Tibetan and Relational Buddhism — With Yoga For Dessert

Zesho Susan O'Connell and Dr. David Bullard will dialogue and lead discussion about aspects of self-care from these wisdom traditions, including introduction to notions of self and not-self (absolute self versus relational self), secure attachment and non-attachment, self-soothing and co-regulation, dependent origination, wisdom and compassion. These will be augmented with experiential exercises and brief meditations. Participants will also share their own favorite Buddhism-flavored therapeutic and self-care stories and practices.

We will be joined by Nora Burnett, who will lead participants in a session of chair yoga and other exercises that can help those of us who sit a lot – in our office or in meditation! Included will be some helpful yogic thoughts and humor. You will not need yoga clothing, but wearing comfortable clothing – always a good idea! – is suggested. Participation is voluntary.

Fun, humor, community and enlightenment guaranteed.

  • Zesho Susan O'Connell
    Susan is a Zen teacher with 25 years of meditation experience. She has lived at San Francisco Zen Center since 1995, was ordained as a priest in 1999 by Tenshin Reb Anderson, and currently serves as president. She started, with two other partners, her own business as an independent feature film producer with offices in San Francisco and L.A., and continued that business for 25 years. She has helped to produce over 10 video/film projects about Zen Center and its teachers.

  • David Bullard, PhD
    David's interest in Buddhism began with reading Alan Watts' Psychotherapy East and West – and he was later mentored for many years by the late Jerry Nims, Ph.D., a friend of Watts. David is also grateful for having had the opportunity of learning about Tibetan Buddhism from Robert Thurman in Bhutan, and about the poetry of life with David Whyte in Ireland. He has had a psychotherapy practice in San Francisco with individuals and couples for 40 years, and was twice president of the San Francisco Psychological Association. He is clinical professor in medicine and medical psychology (psychiatry) at UCSF, where he consults with spiritual care services and the Helen Diller Family Cancer Center's outpatient palliative care service. David's interviews with Allan Schore, Thupten Jinpa, Bessel van der Kolk, Lonnie Barbach, George Silberschatz, and Mark Epstein, can be found at psychotherapy.net, and with Robert Thurman at drbullard.com/interviews. His latest publication (with the late Harvey Caplan, MD and Christine Derzko, MD) is "Sexual Problems" in M.D. Feldman & J.F. Christensen (Eds.), Behavioral medicine: A guide for clinical practice, 4th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill Medical, 2014.

  • Nora Burnett
    Nora's life's work has always involved the interfaces of the body, mind and spirit, initially as a young person in the world of modern dance and later discovering Iyengar Yoga. The depth of the subject of Yoga is limitless, and the methods developed by B.K.S. Iyengar vast and profound. The practice and teachings of Iyengar Yoga have provided a means for her to continue evolving physically and spiritually and to safely and effectively share what she's learned in her classes. Nora has had the good fortune to study with the Iyengars six times in India for which she is forever grateful. S he has taught yoga since 1990 and has maintained a bodywork practice since 1981.
Susan and David have taught several workshops at the San Francisco Zen Center and Green Gulch, the most recent of which was "Anger and Disappointment in Intimacy: Paths to Healing" on August 16, 2015. Here's what some people have to say about that workshop:
"I gained much understanding about my own personal anger and liked being with the people in the group."

"Flow of the day: beautiful complementing dynamic of Susan and David. I gained a lot, and had a helpful intimate experience by being in the dyad with my partner."

"Wisdom meets practical tools and real life application. :-) Great blend of ultimate versus conventional; I was nourished."

"I really liked the participation of the group."

"I enjoyed the whole experience!"

"I found the techniques very useful for talking to a partner about difficult situations/disappointments."

"It was very useful to be able to listen to the Zen and psychological perspectives about both the inner experience and the relational aspects of anger."
The mission of the California Psychological Association CARE committee (Colleague Awareness Resources and Education) is to support colleagues in their personal as well as professional lives. The focus is on promoting wellness, self-care, stress management and reducing emotional distress, and supporting the ability to provide compassionate and appropriate care to clients throughout the life cycle of a clinical practice. It is with these intents that we sponsor this workshop.

Workshop Fees
SFPA members: $25
CPA members,CPA-affiliated chapter members, students: $35
Others: $50

To Register CLICK HERE

Continuing Education Credits
3 Continuing Education credits are available for Psychologists, LCSWs, MFTs, and Nurses through the co-sponsorship of the Spiritual Competency Resource Center. CE credit will cost an additional $25 payable to "SCRC." SCRC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists, by the California BBS and BRN. Spiritual Competency Resource Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Visit www.spiritualcompetency.com for complete CE information.