The Contemplative Counseling Education and Research Centre aspires to adapt ancient contemplative practices into the rigorous modern way of life, delivering counseling and psychology education that is characterized by full integration of the values of compassionate, mindful and sustainable society. Contemporary culture is marked by rapid advances in science and technology, yet coupled with these advances is an increasing sense of pressure, complexity and information overload. Individuals across the lifespan are feeling tremendous stress, which is contributing to a variety of mental and physical health problems. The Centre will emphasis the three modes of inquiry that characterize Contemplative Education: third-person (traditional academic study of another’s ideas), second-person (interpersonal learning through collaboration and relationship), and first-person (intrapersonal study of one’s own mind and experience). The Centre further aspires to deliver excellent education in the field of psychology, producing graduates who are able to apply their contemplative learning with precision and specificity in helping professions. The balance of academic study and contemplative practice is a recipe for successful graduates. Study creates the foundation of knowledge which guides contemplative practice. Contemplative practice integrates study experientially and whets curiosity for further study. Drawing on its sophisticated understanding of human psychology, the Centre aims to enable individuals to cultivate a deep personal introspection and social awareness through education, mindfulness practice and research.
Educating for a more compassionate society
- Promote a culture of mindfulness-awareness, creating an environment of learning that encourages inner transformation as preparation for skillful work in the outside world.
- Model synchronization of body, speech and mind in the delivery of academic content
- Generate research that informs curriculum and professional practices in the field of counseling and psychology
Dechen Wangmo is a teacher educator and is currently Lecturer of Samtse College of Education, Royal University of Bhutan. She teaches counseling and pedagogical modules at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She was a school guidance counselor and a teacher at Daga Higher Secondary School, during which she worked with youth deal with various issues of their lives and initiated programs and activities related to counseling and scouts. She is actively engaged in writing module for BA in Social work, leading the Centre for Contemplative Counseling Education Research. She believes in empowering the younger generation, help them take leadership roles and give them the most appropriate skill and build confidence to overcome challenges in life with positive outlook towards life.
Having worked as a counselor herself, she trains student counselors in building their skills to approach young students in the most appropriate way, create interactive learning environment by entertaining questions and queries, and provide opportunities for student counselor to practice the skill learned. She also trains student teachers grasp the essence of counseling, helps them dwell on self awareness activity and skills of counseling to help them become a teacher who listens. She believes that such skills and knowledge of counseling must lead to having faith and confidence in self, before one can extend a helping hand to others. Her experience as a teacher and a counselor helps her relate to students in a most effective way.
She provides individual and group counseling services to students and is an International Certified Addiction Professional.
Dechen Doma (certified Supervisor, number 005) is a teacher educator and is currently undergoing her PhD in Buddhist Social work, in Shukutoku University, Japan. She has taught counselling and Psychology at the Master, Postgraduate and Undergraduate levels. She has supervised counselling practicum and conducted mindfulness session for the Postgraduate Diploma in Contemplative Counselling and Psychology and Master in Arts in Contemplative Counseling Psychology. She was the Centre Head of Contemplative Counseling Education and Research and Program Leader for several years during which she promoted International Partnership with Naropa University, Boulder, Colorado and developed the Counselling Programme in the College. She is actively engaged in policy writing, developing modules, and promoting partnership and maintaining linkages with relevant organizations both within and outside the country for quality programme development.
She firmly believes that counseling is one of the most effective means to address social issues such as substance abuse, suicide and other mental issues. Therefore, she is passionate about the need to promote counselling and social services. She trains counsellors and teacher counsellors in developing skills and theoretical knowledge and leads mindfulness retreat program for the counsellors. She strongly believes that the role of the counsellor and the act of counselling must be firmly rooted in recognizing the inherent basic goodness and dealing with negative and destructive emotions, at the individual level, family level and at the global level. She has undergone one-month meditation in the Shambhala mountain, Colorado and another two weeks’ meditation on loving and kindness in Red Feather Lake, Shambhala mountain, Colorado. She has undergone two rounds of Vipasanna meditation; at Samste College of Education and New Delhi. She is also passionate about providing counselling beyond the college level. She has worked as a Counsellor, in Metropolitan Migrant Resource Centre Inc. Mirrabooka, Perth, Western Australia, where she worked with the migrants on issues such as couple counselling, domestic violence and individual counselling.
She is one of the first certified supervisor in counseling in Bhutan. She has many years of experience in counseling and as a counsellor she has been instrumental in setting up the school counseling in Samtse Higher Secondary School.
She was the secretary for Women(Manam) Association, Samste Dzongkhag and one of the core committee member in developing policies and guidelines for Women Association (2007 -2009). Currently, she is the Board member of Bhutan Certified Counselling Board (2016- ) and member of Community Based Support System(CBSS) in Samste Dzongkhag. She provides basic counselling training to the volunteers of CBSS under Samtse dzongkahg.
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Karma Gayphel is a Teacher Educator and a Counselling faculty in the Centre for Contemplative Counselling Education and Research at Samtse College of Education, Royal University of Bhutan. He is actively involved in training both teachers and counsellors at different levels. He pursued his Masters Degree in Human Service Counselling from Curtin University of Technology, Western Australia. He has been conferred the title of ICAP I (International Certified Addiction Professional – I) by the International Centre for Credentialing and Education (ICCE), Colombo Plan Secretariat. He is also a National Trainer in the field of Addiction and trained several addiction professionals including school counsellors, health professionals and peer helpers in the country. As a professional counsellor, he set up Counselling Service in the college inviting students and others in the community to come forward to avail counselling services. His approach to helping people is based on his appreciation towards the inherent wisdom individuals have, the interdependent relationship between people, their mind and body, and environment. Therefore, he is committed to an integration of scientific findings and ancient wisdom approaches to healing people with distress.
He was the Head for Counselling and Psychology Department, and the Programme Leader for the Post-graduate Diploma in Guidance and Counselling for several years during which he was the key player in the counselling programme development and actively involved in the review of several other programmes at the college. Passionate about the need for students’ wellbeing to promote meaningful learning atmosphere, he has facilitated several professional development workshops for the school teachers and principals particularly on Mentoring, Positive Discipline and Counselling skills.
Currently, he is involved in the collaborative project, between the faculty of Samtse College of Education and Naropa University, Colorado, USA, on multicultural perspectives and research in contemplative counselling. He is also a member of International Society of Substance Use Professionals (ISSUP) since 2015.
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Wangchuk Dorji received his Bachelor of Arts in Geography Honours from Sherubtse College affiliated to Delhi University, Kanglung, Trashigang in 2001 and Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) from Samtse College of Education (then National Institute of Education), Royal University of Bhutan in 2002, Master of Human Services Counselling from Curtin University of Technology, Perth, WA,Australia in 2008, and has been a visiting scholar to Naropa University, Boulder, Colorado, USA in 2012. Since 2009 till date he has been working as Associate Lecturer and then as a Lecturer in Centre for Contemplative Counselling Education and Psychology at SCE. He teaches Contemplative Counselling, Educational Psychology, Educational Pedagogy, and Teaching Children with Special Educational Needs Modules. Currently, he is the Programme Leader of Masters of Arts in Contemplative Counselling Psychology-MACCP