Practicum Students

We offer learning modules and group supervision to practising Buddhists interested in becoming Buddhist teachers and Buddhist care providers. We welcome students in Buddhism, counselling, psychotherapy, spiritual care and social work interested in the practice of contemplative care, counselling and psychotherapy from the lens of Buddhist teachings. Our modules are designed with the needs of the diverse Buddhist cultural communities in mind.

We are an approved Contextual Education Site for the Master of Pastoral Studies Program at Emmanuel College, Victoria University in the University of Toronto. We now accept applications from students to begin their education practicum for September 2019.

Buddhist Group Supervision – fall 2019
Conducted by Linda Hochstetler, MSW RSW
10 Saturdays; September 21 – November 30, 2019

The 2019-20 program is designed to provide weekly opportunities for Buddhist contemplative and clinical reflection on current experiences. The discussion will be focused on questions and comments arising from the supervisee’s clinical practice. Any personal information shared by supervisees involving individuals will have identifying information deleted. Discussions will provide group clinical support that satisfies the requirements of College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) supervision
Supervisees are expected to be providing direct individual clinical hours with persons in their Sangha or the larger community over the fall semester. Supervision hours will include meeting 1.5 hours with the supervisor in a group with other students being supervised for 10 Saturdays over the semester. Where applicable, students need to submit a copy of insurance coverage before attending the first session.  
Supervisees will complete a 30 minute phone or video interview with the supervisor prior to acceptance into the Buddhist Group Supervision program.
Number of students for group supervision: 4 minimum & 8 maximum. 
Registration fee per supervisee is $80 for each semester. 

Contextual Education for Buddhist Chaplaincy/Spiritual Care Supervised Practicum – fall/winter semesters
~ providing services at Buddhist temples and centres
~ visiting patients at hospices and hospitals, residents of prisons and senior homes, as volunteers
Supervised by Linda Hochstetler, MSW RSW
September 21, 2019 – April 11, 2020; 20 Saturdays; 3:30-5:00 pm

The 2019-20 program is designed to provide weekly opportunities for Buddhist contemplative  reflection on current experiences involving a Buddhist Sangha. The discussion will be focused on questions and comments arising from the student’s learning outcomes. 
Each student with practicum supervisor will prepare mid-term and year-end evaluation reports together. Any personal information shared by students involving individuals in their Sangha will have identifying information deleted. Discussions will be primarily clinical support that satisfies the requirements of CRPO supervision.
Students are expected to complete 192 volunteer and learning hours onsite with a Buddhist Sangha in 2019-2020 doing senior home visits, hospital visits, hospice visits or prison visits. Learning hours will include meeting 1.5 hours with the supervisor in a group with other students being supervised for 10 Saturdays in each semester. Students need to submit learning goals and plans, as well as a copy of insurance coverage if applicable, to the supervisor at the beginning of the fall semester.
There is no registration fee for students registered in the Contextual Education course at Emmanuel College in 2019-2020.
Students will complete a 30 minute phone or video interview with the supervisor prior to acceptance into the Supervised practicum.
It may be necessary for you to obtain clearance for health, security or police check prior to beginning practicum. Some prior orientation may be required.
Number of students for supervised practicum: 4 minimum & 8 maximum. 
Please complete the application form and email it to admin@AppliedBuddhism.ca as soon as possible.
This program is sponsored by the Buddhist Education Foundation of Canada.

Buddhist Psychotherapy Modules:
Buddhist Psychotherapy Workshop (Feb 1, 2019 to April 19, 2019)  conducted by Dr. Lynette Montiero of the Ottawa Mindfulness Clinic on-line via Zoom

Meditation Modules:
Loving-Kindness Course – 6 weekly one hour sessions offered by the Toronto Zen Centre, conducted by Roshi Taigen Henderson
Introduction to Meditation – 6 weekly one and a half hour on-line sessions offered by Clear Sky Retreat Centre

Buddhist Community and Culture Modules:
Meeting and Learning from our Buddhist Community Teachers
(These modules may also be of interest to students who wish to be connected with a Buddhist community to learn from its teacher while working toward their certification with the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care.)