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. Jim has focused his career on the provision of high quality human services across a wide array of clinical populations and diverse settings including residential treatment centers for youth, publicly 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, correctional officers and veterans, as well as, community-based psychotherapy for low income individuals and families, and suicide prevention services for the Veterans Health Administration (VA).
After several years of administering all homeless services for veterans throughout the states of Vermont and New Hampshire for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Jim is currently coordinating Veterans Justice Outreach Services for justice involved veterans in the courts and re-entry services for veterans in the Vermont prison system. In addition, he provides individual and group therapy for combat veterans employing evidenced-based mindfulness and acceptance-based psychotherapy to treat PTSD.
Jim has trained in Zen Buddhism since 1979 in both the Soto Zen and Korean Soen lineages and is a dharma successor (Sensei) of Roshi Bernie Glassman, founder of the Zen Peacemaker Order. Jim served as Board President of the Zen Peacemakers Inc., and Maezumi Institute (2005-2006) as well as Chief Operating Officer from 2005 until 2009.
In 2016, Jim founded Howling Dragon Zendo, Inc., a non-profit Zen practice center in central Vermont as an affiliate training center of Zen Peacemakers International, Inc. In 2015, he also founded Mindfulway Counseling Services, LLC, a private psychotherapy practice specializing in mindfulness-based approaches to individual and group therapy. Jim is a certified iRest Yoga Nidra instructor and a certified Mindfulness Teacher (CMT-P) at the professional level by the International Mindfulness Teachers Association (IMTA).