Parnassus Books is happy to welcome Dr. Ira Helderman as he discusses and signs Prescribing the Dharma.
In Prescribing the Dharma, Dr. Ira Helderman highlights the ways in which psychotherapists integrate Buddhist practices into their treatment plans. Through extensive fieldwork and in-depth interviews with clinicians, Helderman gives voice to the psychotherapists themselves, providing comprehensive insight into the diverse ways practitioners relate to Buddhist traditions––some draw a hard line between religion and psychotherapy while others aim to disrupt that separation.
A scholar, published author, screenwriter and commentator, Ira Helderman holds a PhD in Religion, Psychology and Culture from Vanderbilt University and a BFA in screenwriting from New York University. A licensed professional counselor, he began working in the mental health field in 2001 and has a private psychotherapy practice in Nashville. Ira’s research examines how psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic ideas shape the way that people are religious in America. You can find more information at www.irahelderman.com and on Facebook and Twitter at @DrIraHelderman
In addition to offering a short reading from Prescribing the Dharma, Dr. Ira will be interviewed by two members of the leadership team of Wild Heart Meditation Center in East Nashville. Andrew Chapman, LMSW (Wild Heart Guiding Teacher and Director of Programming,) and Rachel Tanner-Smith, LPC (Director of Operations and Community Facilitator) are both meditation teachers and practicing psychotherapists. They will help facilitate a discussion with listeners on how Prescribing the Dharma can inform both Buddhist and psychotherapeutic practice.