International CBCT® Certified Teacher

 

Corina Aguilar-Raab – Senior CBCT® Instructor

Corina Aguilar-Raab is a CBCT® teacher, clinical psychologist, psychotherapist and a post-doctoral associate at the Institute of Medical Psychology, University of Heidelberg, Germany. In her research, she is working towards the implementation of CBCT in the fields of clinical psychology and psychotherapy emphasizing how positive social interactions in close relationships can be improved.  Currently, she teaches CBCT to healthy and depressed couples, evaluating health beneficial effects. She is a long-term practitioner of Indo-Tibetan Buddhism and a member of the supervisory Board and the division management of the area `Buddhism¿ at the Tibethaus Germany; www.tibethaus.com). She gives lectures and leads meditation sessions and day- and week-long retreats for different target groups teaching health professionals of palliative care and clinical psychology, yoga- and schoolteachers, medical and psychology undergraduate and graduate students.

Contact: corina.aguilar-raab@med.uni-heidelberg.de

Neha Bhatia

With over a decade of work experience in the corporate and non-profit sector, Neha Bhatia is deeply passionate about working with Children and Youth. Having worked in Training and Development and the Executive Search business in the past, Neha gets her energy from engaging with people and facilitating groups. In her previous assignment, Neha has engaged young change leaders to discover and chalk out their social impact journeys through Self Change. Neha currently leads Co-leads the Operations at SEE Learning India to support schools and organizations to implement SEE Learning in their context. She is a co-chair of UNESCO MGIEP’s Global Collective Working group for SEL. Neha holds a Post Graduate Degree in Commerce (Business Management) from University of Mumbai.

Contact: neha.bhatia@seelearningindia.com

Geshe Lobsang Dawa

Geshe Dawa was born in Mexico City.  He was a Buddhist monk for 15 years receiving full monastic vows (Gelong vows) from His Holiness the Dalai Lama.  Geshe Dawa learned Tibetan language in the College for Higher Tibetan Studies SARAH in Dharamsala India and later traveled to South India to join Drepung Loseling Monastic University where after more than a decade of advanced studies, he graduated as the first Hispanic Geshe ever.  During H.H. Dalai Lama´s visit to Mexico in 2013, Geshe Dawa collaborated as his assistant translator.

 

Contact: gld.liberacion@gmail.com

Chandra Chiara Ehm

Chandra Chiara Ehm is a CBCT® teacher and doctoral researcher associated with the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes in Paris, France and the Ludwig-Maximilans Universität in Munich, Germany.  In her research, she focuses on the relationship between theoretical models and their application in the context of Tibetan Buddhist monastic communities.  Being familiar since her childhood with the Indo-Tibetan tradition, she has a keen interest in introducing CBCT® to students and young adults to equip them with tools for self-reflection and self-acceptance – to work responsibly for their wellbeing and ethical concerns.  She lectures and leads meditation sessions and retreats for different target groups.

Contact: chandrachiaraehm@gmail.com

Samuel Fernandez-Carriba – Senior CBCT® Instructor

Samuel Fernandez-Carriba, Ph.D., is a Clinical Psychologist, independent clinician, and consultant, with 18 years of experience doing diagnostic evaluations for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other disabilities.  He holds now an Adjunct Assistant Professor position at the Pediatric Institute, Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia.  Samuel obtained his PhD in Psychology from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain, and completed his postdoctoral fellowship at Emory.  He conducts diagnostic evaluations and consultations with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families.  Samuel obtained his CBCT® Instructor Certificate, Level 1, in 2013, and his Senior Level in April 2018, at Emory.  This allows him to investigate and apply clinically CBCT® to families and providers and to teach CBCT® nationally and internationally to populations under high stress in order to foster resilience and social competence.  Samuel’s recent work on CBCT® has led to one peer-reviewed article, three book chapters and has been covered by CNN.

Contact: samuel.fernandez-carriba@emory.edu

Javier González Gavira

Javier González Gavira graduated with master's degree in public law from the University of Seville.  He has been a former professor of Law UCA University (Algeciras Campus) HH.RR.'s and legal advisor at public institutions, schools, and NGOs for more than 30 years.  He facilitates the SEE Learning® Program for high school teachers and is a founding member and Secretary of the Institute for Social, Emotional, and Ethical (SEE) Learning®, IE3S, (SEE Learning Spain).

Javier is a certified meditation guide and other contemplative practices for more than 10 years, and an FPMT registered teacher, which aims to combine the best of Western contemplative science with the ancient meditation practices of the Nalanda University tradition (India).

Contact: javierg@javierg.net

Vanashree Ghate

Vanashree Ghate is Founder, Director of the HEAL Foundation – a not-for-profit organization that conducts Arts-Based Therapy (ABT) & Mindfulness Courses aimed at healthcare professionals.  She is a counselor, Arts-Based Therapist and ABT Educator, and holds a master’s in Marketing Studies from Mumbai University.  Vanashree’s interest in Buddhist Studies began in early 2003.  She is a Vipassana meditation practitioner, student of Venerable Mingyur Rinpoche and Geshe Dorji Damdul, and holds a PG Diploma in Buddhist Philosophy from Tibet House, India.  Vanashree trained in Positive Neuroplasticity with Rick Hanson.  She brings passion and insights from her decades of personal and professional experience in meditation and mindfulness practices, as well as work as a therapist.

Contact: vghate9@gmail.com

Ruchi Ghose

Ruchi Ghose is a certified CBCT® teacher and a SEE Learning® trainer.  Her personal experiences over the last decade have nurtured within her a deep conviction that “we can learn to be resilient and happy” and of the need to teach children this skill in schools.  Having experienced the transformative power of CBCT® in her own life, she wishes to make this available to as many people as possible in the microcosm she inhabits and feels deeply grateful to be able to do so.  Ruchi is a Founding Director of Viridus Social Impact Solutions, a Bangalore-based organization working to support wellbeing.  An alumnus of UCLA, Ruchi has over 3 decades of experience, particularly in education and the social sector.  Having worked as a teacher and with the Azim Premji Foundation, much of it has been in design and educational change deeply rooted in schools.

Contact: ruchi.viridus@gmail.com

Edgar Gonzalez

Gonzalez is a licensed psychologist from the University of Valencia, where he specializes in advances in research and treatment in psychopathology and health and sports psychology. In 2011¿2013, he participated in a research project titled ¿Benefits of a Support Program for Family Care-Givers of Patients at the End of Life." During that period, he was a member of partnerships between the University of Valencia and different clinical institutions in Spain. Currently, his work is focused on analyzing the psychological benefits of CBCT® for breast cancer survivors as part of his doctoral work. Gonzalez is also founding partner of Ment i Vida, where he combines clinical and research work.

Contact: info@mentivida.com

Ravi Gulati

With extensive experience of working with children, adolescents and youth from low-income backgrounds, Ravi Gulati has been building and nurturing an extraordinary learning community of across-age learners through Manzil – a non-profit he co-founded with his mother and her friend 25 years ago.  Manzil has directly touched the lives of maybe 20,000 young people, some of whom have over the years set up a number of social entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial initiatives.  Beyond Manzil, Ravi is engaged with many youth who are passionately working on a gamut of social issues.  He also co-founded three other non-profits:  ComMutiny-The Youth Collective, Safe in India Foundation and Creatnet Education.

Contact: ravi@manzil.in

Suparna Gupta

Suparna Gupta has been a child rights practitioner for the last two decades.  She is the founder of Aangan, an Indian nonprofit that works on child rights.  Suparna holds an MPA and fellowship from the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, as well as a fellowship from Ashoka for Social Entrepreneurship, and is most recently a teacher of CBCT® (Cognitively Based Compassion Training).  She has focused on models/programs that build trust and dialogue between marginalized groups and local officials across the country, in order to address serious child harm - including trafficking, child marriage and hazardous labor.  Her writing on these themes has been published by NDTV, India Development Review, The Wire, Harvard University South Asia Institute and The Washington Post.

Contact: suparna@aanganindia.org

Carlos Henrique Amaral de Souza

Amaral de Souza (aka Lama Rinchen Khyenrab) graduated in agronomic engineering from UENP Brazil, with postgraduate work in biotechnology and agribusiness from Cornell University. He has a master's in institutional psychology from UFES Vitória . A fully ordained Buddhist monk, Amaral de Souza teaches philosophy, psychology, and Buddhist meditation at the Sakya Center, Brazil, and teaches CBCT®  to postgraduates studying palliative care, integrative care, and other fields of medicine at different educational institutions in the area of health and education.

Flávia C. Kolchraiber

Flávia is from São Paulo, Brazil.  She graduated in nursing from the Federal University of São Paulo with a master in health sciences and human rights activism.  She has worked with vulnerable populations in the fields of health, education, social and environmental for the past 20 years.  She works at the Brazilian Institute for Community Studies and Support and develops research related to contemplative practices and social technologies.  Flávia emphasizes meditative practices and compassion for everyone, anywhere.

Contact: flacrik@gmail.com

Vivek Kumar

Vivek Kumar is the Co-Founder and CEO of Kshamtalaya Foundation, supporting communities to revive the spirit of learning in schools and outside.  Core to their program is a curriculum that provides space for self-directed learning, systems thinking & mindfulness.  Their Learning Festivals aim to make education a community driven agenda.  Vivek replicated the Gandhi Fellowship in Uganda and is interested in mindfulness, systems thinking and theatre.  He is an Engineer, a graduate of Tata Institute of Social Sciences, and alumnus of Gandhi Fellowship.  Vivek has been recipient of Wipro Founder's Fellowship, Changeloom Fellowship, Acumen Fellow and Gratitude Fellow for the year 2020.  He is a certified CBCT® instructor from Udaipur, India.

Contact: vivek@kshamtalaya.org

Elisa Victoria Aquino Laterza

Elisa Victoria Aquino Laterza had completed the SEE Learning® program at Emory University and decided to go even deeper into the CBCT® Teacher Certification program.  Born and raised in South America, educated at London School of Economics (UK) and Belgium, traveled extensively around the world, currently living in Venice, Italy where she is developing the Compassion Boats initiatives.  EVAL is a lawyer specialized in international relations, former career diplomat, and corporate business development manager.  Now, she is working with the international nonprofit sectors in the arts/cultural, human rights, and higher education fields.  She offers CBCT® in English, Spanish, Italian, and French.

Contact: info@compassionboats.com

Hana Levine

Hana Levine is an all-faith Spiritual Care Provider (SCP-C) practicing both in person and virtually via zoom.  Hana incorporates CBCT® into her private practice with clients facing various life challenges, including those suffering complex grief following the sudden traumatic loss of a close relative.  She has found CBCT® to be an appropriate clinical resource, as well as an effective tool for self-care.  Her vision is to incorporate CBCT® at the training level for care providers.  Currently, Hana is offering CBCT® as a practice that precludes empathy-fatigue, especially during the current world health crisis.

Contact: hlevine@012.net.il

Reshma Piramal

Reshma Piramal co-heads operations at SEE Learning India.  SEE Learning is Emory University’s K-12 education program that promotes Social, Emotional and Ethical Learning in educators and their students.  She is committed to fostering a compassionate culture in schools through training of teachers and their students.  Reshma is a trained Developmental Speech and Language Pathologist.  She cochairs UNESCO MGIEP’s Global Working Committee for SEL.

Contact: reshma.piramal@seelearningindia.com

Shashi Nair

Shashi Nair is a certified CBCT® instructor and a seeker, practitioner, and teacher in inward journeys of wellbeing, and outward journeys of complex systemic change.  Blessed with the good fortune to experience deep states of wellbeing and appreciating the struggles of so many adults, youth, and children to move to such states, he feels deeply compelled to work in this area.  Since 1996, when his journey into contemplative practices began, Shashi has explored Siddha Samadhi Yoga and Vipassana, before settling on CBCT® as his practice of choice.  He is a Founding Director of Viridus Social Impact Solutions and co-initiator of the Wellbeing Movement.  An alumnus of IIT Madras and IIM Bangalore, Shashi has 27 years of corporate experience and over 15 years of experience in the social sector, particularly school education systems, having worked in Azim Premji Foundation and Azim Premji University.

Contact: shashi.viridus@gmail.com

Pooja Singh

Pooja Singh is a founding member and Design Team Lead at the Kshamtalaya Foundation, an organization based in Udaipur Rajasthan, India.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communication.  Pooja completed her Gandhi Fellowship, working for the principal leadership program in five schools of Gujarat after which she taught at the Riverside school, Ahmedabad, where she learned the importance of child centric pedagogy and theory of multiple intelligences in action.  Pooja has more than seven years of experience working in the development sector and is also a trained Therapeutic Movement Facilitator from Creative Movement Therapy Association of India (CMTAI) and UNESCO.  At Kshamtalaya, she has been working as a SEE Learning® (Social, Emotional, Ethical Learning) practitioner and facilitator since 2019, and acquired certification as a CBCT® instructor in 2021.

Contact: pooja@kshamtalaya.org

Tsering Ngodup

Tragic as it is, Tsering Ngodup Yodsampa got his education in India as a first generation of Tibetan refugee children in exile.  Pure altruism and compassion from the government of India and other Western aid helped Tibetans to preserve their ancient culture, spiritualities and integrate into the new world.  From 1982 to current, Tsering has taught Tibetan language and translated Tibetan Buddhist philosophy and meditation for Tibetan Lamas in five continents.  Tsering is an authorized Dharma teacher in Karma Kagyu tradition and founder of Bodhi Tree Institute for Tibetan Buddhist studies and practices.  With 4 units of CPE and CBCT® training, he fulfills his calling as a hospital chaplain and research study therapist.

Contact: tsering_ngodup@hotmail.com

Bruno Vichi – Senior CBCT® Instructor

Bruno Vichi is a certified CBCT® teacher from São Paulo, Brazil, and graduated with degrees in both law and psychoanalysis.  During the past 20 years, he has worked as a lawyer, mediator, and therapist.  Previously a student of Tibetan language and Buddhist philosophy at the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives in Dharamsala, India, he is one of the first Brazilians to complete a traditional three-year-long retreat held at Kagyu Pende Gyamtso in Brasilia, Brazil.

Contact: brunovichi@gmail.com

Francisco J. Villalón

Francisco J. Villalón L. MD. MBA is a physician, researcher, president of Ilusioname Fundación in Chile, and an academic at Diego Portales University.  He is researching wellness and contemplative sciences to evaluate the effectiveness of interventions based on compassion and mindfulness in physicians and university students.  Francisco carries out compassion and mindfulness programs for the community, as well as for physicians in conjunction with the Chilean Medical College.

Contact: villalon.fj@gmail.com

Ofer Yifrach

Ofer Yifrach is a Professor of Molecular Neuroscience and Biophysics and a member of an interdisciplinary center for brain sciences at Ben-Gurion University in Israel.  His lab focuses on understanding the molecular basis for electrical signaling in the nervous system.  He leads a learning and practicing mindfulness community at his university, teaches CBCT® in the community and currently explores the possibility of implementing CBCT® in the university setup, with the aim of supporting scientists’ wellbeing and scientific excellence.  Ofer sees CBCT®, with its roots in modern science and ancient Eastern wisdom, as a system of contemplative inquiry exercises that allows one to examine the effects and consequences of mindfulness for “self” and for the “other” in his/her own world.

Contact: ofery@bgu.ac.il

Get Involved/Contact

The CBCT® program includes a growing number of certified instructors and is regularly expanding its programming and research areas. We welcome offers of support and ideas for new applications or populations who may benefit from learning the core CBCT® concepts and skills. Please contact Zipporah Slaughter for all inquiries, zipporah.slaughter@emory.edu / 404.727.8166.