The APS Buddhism and Psychology Interest group was established at a meeting in 1998 in Melbourne. Over 30 interested psychologists committed to supporting the group and a committee was formed to take the group forward. At the time people commented on the relief and excitement that they experienced in being able to discuss and share their work in a professional forum. Many individuals commented on the isolation of private practice and how so much more could be achieved through the sharing of the varied experiences of the Buddhist teachings and the integration of these into professional and personal domains of psychologists.
The APS Buddhism and Psychology Interest Group was formed to foster an exploration of the therapeutic possibilities that Buddhism offers. Therapists and students working in the counselling field are invited to participate in regular workshops to learn, share and enhance their therapeutic work.
The Buddhism and Psychology Network was a second group which was formed to allow non Australian Psychological Society (APS) Members to participate in an active forum in collaboration with the APS Buddhism and Psychology Interest Group. Together these two groups aim to explore the therapeutic potential of Buddhist principles.