Buddhist Psychotherapy and Post Traumatic Disorder

April 1, 2014
Hosted by Dr. Gordon Atherley

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Thubten Tengye has been a practicing Buddhist for nearly 10 years. He has a strong interest in Buddhist philosophy and meditation practice. He is particularly interested in the parallels between Buddhist and Western philosophy. Ruwan Jayatunge graduated as a physician from the Vinnitsa National Medical University Ukraine and joined the Ministry of Health, Government of Sri Lanka. He worked closely with Sri Lankan war veterans and civilians affected by the war. They each talk about their careers and the role of Buddhism in their lives. They explain the key principles of Buddhism, psychotherapy, and Buddhist psychotherapy. They describe how these relate to and help individuals and families living with the challenges of traumatic stress disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. They say what they would like to do and see done to bring the help of Buddhist psychotherapy to more people experiencing the challenges they’ve identified.

Family Caregivers Unite!

Family Caregivers Unite!

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Family caregivers are the people who provide care to partners, parents, children, brothers, sisters, cousins, friends, neighbors and even co-workers. They are the people who provide care when everyone else has gone home. They are the people who organize the functioning of the home for the person with special needs, and for the family as a whole. They are the coordinators of care, the managers of appointments, the preventers of loneliness, and the makers of decisions even to the point of Power of Attorney. And they are so often people who themselves are burdened with their own health challenges and who may be in only marginally better health than the persons to whom they are providing family caregiving.

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Dr. Gordon Atherley

Dr. Gordon Atherley

Dr Gordon Atherley holds the British equivalent of the Canadian PhD and MD degrees, and LLD, Honoris Causa, from Canada’s Simon Fraser University. His awards include Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, UK. His medical specialties are occupational medicine and public health.
As first President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, the Canadian equivalent of the US National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, he led the creation of Canada’s electronic information service in occupational health and safety, now used in more than 40 countries.
In academia, he held senior, tenured, full-time positions, including departmental chair, in university faculties of physics, engineering, and medicine. He is the author of a textbook and numerous articles and publications.

Since retiring from medical practice, he’s built up Greyhead Associates, which critically researches the safety, effectiveness and fairness of health services for persons with special needs.
Through Virtual Care International, a company of which he’s President, he’s involved in providing sensible technology to family caregivers to help them with their responsibilities, workloads, and concerns.
Now an activist, he urges family caregivers to unite because, more and more, it’s not just their families who depend on them, it’s also the healthcare system as a whole, as it struggles to meet more and more needs of more and more people.

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