Jim Bastien is a clinically trained and licensed independent clinical social worker (LICSW) holding graduate degrees in social work and human development from the University of Michigan and the University of Kansas. He has spent his entire career providing quality human services for numerous clinical populations across many diverse settings including residential treatment centers for youth, publically funded private residential schools, child and adolescent psychiatric hospital programs, treatment foster care, intensive crisis intervention services for families, mental health partial hospitalization services for uniformed service professionals; i.e., police officers, firefighters, EMTs, and correctional officers and veterans; community-based psychotherapy for low income individuals and families, and suicide prevention services for the Veterans Health Administration.
He currently works for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs at the VA Medical Center in White River Junction VT supervising all homeless services for veterans throughout the State of Vermont and northern New Hampshire. He also provides individual and group therapy for combat veterans employing evidenced-based mindfulness and acceptance-based psychotherapy to treat PTSD.
He has presented at state-level and national conferences and published numerous professional journal articles over his 40 year career serving at-risk populations. In addition, Jim has been training in Zen since 1979 in both the Soto Zen and Korean Soen lineages and is a dharma successor (Zen Teacher) of Roshi Bernie Glassman, founder of the Zen Peacemakers. Inc., and Zen Peacemaker Order. Jim served as Board President of the Zen Peacemakers and Maezumi Institute (2005-2006) as well as Chief Operating Officer from 2005 until 2009. Jim is a certified iRest Yoga Nidra teacher. iRest is currently utilized throughout the VA system as a form of complimentary alternative medical (CAM) treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder.