Psychotherapy by Karma Transformation



This online course presents a psychotherapeutic model developed by Dr. Maurits Kwee and laid out in his most recent book Psychotherapy by Karma Transformation (Taos Institute Publications/WorldShare Books 2013). It has as its foundation certain key concepts developed from the Buddhist canon – the most obvious being the theory of karma - from Relational Buddhism and contemporary Western psychology, particularly Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. As Maurits says addressing the context of practically providing therapy: 
“Psychotherapy by Karma Transformation (PKT) includes ongoing assessment, which is a combined procedure of Narrative Rebiographing, and a multimodal strategic approach based on cognitive‐behavioural‐affective tactics of change.”
 
Maurits explains that Relational Buddhism is a framework of pan-Buddhist views of reality seen through the lens of social constructionist theory. Many of the terms being used in this introduction will be explained and discussed through the course being presented here. For now what is important to be aware of is the view that Maurits takes in this course of study that psychotherapy can both intuitively and intellectually be considered from the perspective of the history of Buddhism as the most logical evolution of the Buddha’s ideas. In particular we are referring here to his description of functional, liberated human beings and the model of compassionate interpersonal relationships that are at the foundation of his ideas about social transformation and stability. Indeed Stephen Batchelor has commented in a recent article for Tricycle that the Buddha was not aiming to found a religion, certainly not a community based on partisan allegiances, not even a movement perhaps but rather nothing less than a civilization.
 
Maurits is shares generously in this course the breadth of knowledge he has gained during the unfolding of his career as a clinical psychologist and his life long love of Buddhism. You will find much information then in the material that you will be reading as well as the sources referenced in the text. You are encouraged to take note of these references and pursue your own research into this rich body of source material.
 
How this course of study works
The study is in three modules of three units, making a total of nine units organized over one year. Each unit takes a month and there is a one-month study break after each of the three modules. There is an essay question for each module as well as a series of “journal exercises” responses to which you will post to an online discussion forum run by Amida Academy. This forms a peer learning environment and enables each person following the course to check their understanding. An online tutor will also contribute to this process, making comments and providing guidance where necessary. Maurits himself will give feedback on assignment submissions.
Each lesson - equal to one unit - is built on one of the seven chapters from the book “Psychotherapy by Karma Transformation” (2013). The first unit will be an introduction with questions based on the Prologue of the book. This puts Dr. Kwee’s understanding of Buddhist Psychology into context. The final unit will offer a summary and some guiding issues which will give some indication of how your learning can be applied in the world.
 
You will receive a PDF copy of the book once you have enrolled on the course.
 
 
Joining the course and fees
The fee for the year is €675 if paid in full at the time you join the course and in advance of the programme starting (dates to be advised). You can however pay in installments, in which case the fee is €250 per module. We would like as much as possible not to inhibit anyone who is interested in joining because of financial constraints. Do then contact us if you are on a low income and we can discuss the options with you. Payment should be made by bank transfer and applications online via the Amida Academy webpage.
Dr. Maurits Kwee is Emeritus Honorary Professor at the University of Flores, Buenos Aires and was a Visiting Professor at Waseda University, Tokyo. He earned a doctorate in Medical Science at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. Past President of the Transcultural Society for Clinical Meditation, he promulgates a cutting‐edge “Psychology of Relational Buddhism” that moves beyond Theravada and Mahayana. He is a clinician since the 70s and since the 80s he propagates Buddhist Psychology/Psychotherapy as a mainstream discipline. Prof. Kwee is currently a Faculty Member and Thesis Advisor of the Taos Institute (USA) and Tilburg University (Netherlands) PhD program.