Bhutan Thunder Dragon Counseling Institute 2012 Announced: Application Deadline April 15, 2012

Bhutan is a fascinating country and its leaders have determined that the profession of counseling should be established to increase wellness in their country. To learn about Bhutan, visit these web sites:

A two-week institute for counselor educators and counseling practitioners will be held in Bhutan October 23-November 13, 2012. The purpose of the institute is to introduce American counselors to the country, to give counselors from the United States an opportunity to provide brief counseling-related services to the citizens of Bhutan, to teach counseling, and to set the stage for institute participants to return to Bhutan in the future to spend a semester or year of volunteer service teaching counselors and providing counseling-related services.

The institute is offered by Old Dominion University. The National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) and the government of Bhutan are underwriting some of the expense of the institute and NBCC is instrumental in arranging logistics with the Royal Government. Those who are selected to participate will pay an $850 fee, their round-trip airfare to Bhutan, one night hotel costs in Delhi, India, and the low cost of their meals. Housing and transportation within Bhutan will be provided. The $850 fee includes 45 continuing education hours that will be awarded to participants at the conclusion of the institute.

The institute is limited to 10 participants and two leaders. The early application deadline is April 15, 2012.

Counselor educators and counselors who are National Certified Counselors (NCCs) and who have the potential to return to Bhutan and work there as a counselor or counselor educator for an extended period of time (a semester, four months, or a year) without being paid for their services will be given preference.

If you are interested in applying, please send an email message to Institute Director Dr. Ted Remley at tremley@odu.edu at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia and he will send you complete information and an application form. We are seeking counselors and counselor educators who have international living experience and understanding of other cultures. This will not be a luxury trip, but it will be a true lifetime experience.

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