Using Metta Meditation to Enhance Gemeinschaftsgefuhl - 9 CE's

6/24/2021 - 6:00pm CDT to 7/29/2021 - 9:00pm CDT

A Type of Buddist Meditiation

About this Event

Many forms of meditation are being incorporated into counseling and therapy. This six session experiential “zoomshop” uses metta meditation, a type of Buddhist meditation that has the goal of cultivating feelings of kindness toward all beings, to enhance Gemeinschatsgefuhl (GSG), an Individual Psychology construct commonly translated as community feeling, social feeling, or social interest.

Classes will meet on Thursdays, June 24, July 1, 8, 15, 22 and 26 starting at 6:00 pm CDT.

Class is limited to 12 people.

9 CE's - LMFT CE's pending approval

Course Goals (successful participants will)


1. Strengthen their use of reflection and goal setting for personal growth

2. Develop a personal plan of action for improving their ability to extend themselves to others in empathic rather than grasping ways

3. Be aware of five dimensions of Gemeinschaftsgefuhl (GSG)

4. Be able to use the five dimensions of GSG in counseling and assessment

5. Be able to define the Buddhist concept of metta

6. Be aware of the contents of an informed consent for meditation


After an orientation Zoom meeting there will be five Zoom meetings, one for each of the five dimensions of GSG identified by Birnbaum (1936). Participants will be guided to a daily practice of metta meditation using recorded instructions and will consider the personal relevance of the five GSG dimensions in written personal reflections. These reflections may include a response to specific queries, a self-assessment, as well as the creation of a list of skills and abilities to be strengthened or acquired called a personal development plan.


Practice: a variety of audio recordings of guided metta meditations are provided and participants are encouraged to listen to one each day.

Reflections: written work turned in to the leader and not seen by other participants. These five assignments are more akin to a personal diary than an academic paper. They include some application of the Birnbaum GSG dimension of the week to the participant’s historical or personal life as well as additions to their Personal Development Plan, a list of skills and abilities to be strengthened or acquired. It may also include

• a response to the queries provided for each week

• completion of a self-guided assessment relative to the GSG dimension of the week

• careful consideration and reflection on the results of the assessment


Rocky Garrison, PhD, CBSM is an adjunct facuty at Adler Graduate School, MN. He has practiced as an Individual and Family therapist for many years and has done much research and writing on Adlerian Parent Study groups.

Rocky Garrison, PhD, CBSM
$0 – $165
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