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"What's Buddha Got To Do With Self-Care? Some Ideas and Exercises for Psychotherapists and Other Health Professionals from Zen and Tibetan Buddhism - With Yoga For Dessert"
Swedenborgian Church
San Francisco, CA
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"What's Buddha Got To Do With Self-Care? Some Ideas and Exercises for Psychotherapists and Other Health Professionals from Zen and Tibetan Buddhism - With Yoga For Dessert"
We are very pleased to be able to present the San Francisco Psychological Association CARE workshop on self-care for therapists and other health professionals, from traditions of Zen and Tibetan Buddhism as well as Yoga, 9:30am - 12:30pm on Saturday, November 7, 2015.

How can Zen and Tibetan Buddhist and Yogic viewpoints help Psychotherapists' and Other Health Care Professionals Self-Care?

Dr. David Bullard, Zesho Susan O'Connell, and Nora Burnett 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 Buddhist- or Yogic-flavored therapeutic and self-care stories and practices. Nora will also lead participants in a session of yoga exercises that can help those of us who sit a lot in our office  or in meditation! You will not need yoga clothing, but wearing comfortable clothing 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.
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. August 16, 2015.

David Bullard, Ph.D.
David 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. His 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 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, and with Robert Thurman at His latest publication (with the late Harvey Caplan, M.D. and Christine Derzko, M.D.) 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. She has taught yoga since 1990 and has maintained a bodywork practice since 1981.

Testimonials: What People Are Saying about Susan and David's past Workshops - "Anger and Disappointment in intimacy:  Paths to Healing" at San Francisco Zen Center and Green Gulch Farm Zen Center:

"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.

    Ilene Serlin, Ph.D. (Chair) and DeLee Lantz,Ph.D.         San Francisco Psychological Association CARE Committee

Workshop fees:

SFPA, SFZC or IYISF members or students: $25
CPA members,CPA-affiliated chapter members: $35
Other Therapists and Health Care Professionals: $50

To register:

3 Continuing Education Credits (See * below); additional fee if 3 CEU's desired = $15.  Check for CEU's made out to "SCRC."

*Continuing Education Credits: 3 CE hours are available for Psychologists, LCSWs, MFTs, and Nurses through the co-sponsorship of the Spiritual Competency Resource Center. 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 for complete CE information or contact David Bullard at CE credit will cost an additional $15 payable to SCRC.


Swedenborgian Church (View)
2107 Lyon Street
San Francisco, CA 94115
United States



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