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Restoring Resilience & Authentic Self-Compassion

Chris Fankhauser

Chris Fankhauser/Ngakpa Samten Dorje (he/him pronouns) is an ordained/endorsed ngakpa in the Bhumisparsha Sangha and practices in the lineage of Terchen Barway Dorje.  He has engaged in intensive study and practice of the Dharma, specifically the Kagyu, Zhije, Chöd, and Nyingma lineages of Vajrayana Buddhism.  Chris engaged in 22 months of cloistered Dharma practice, as well as dedicated non-monastic Dharma practice since 2008.  Most recently, he has been receiving the major transmissions and empowerments of the lineage of Terchen Barway Dorje.  Chris completed 6 units of CPE at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo, MI. and was accepted into the ACPE Certified Educator Candidate program in 2021.  Chris currently holds Provisional Board Certification through APC.  Along with leading student units alongside current educators, Chris presents didactic seminars on Buddhism, Internal Family Systems, Somatic Therapy, and Christian Privilege.  In May of 2023, Chris completed Internal Family Systems Level 1 training.  Chris is an out, gay man who is interested in creating inclusive spaces for student chaplains to explore their intersectionalities and the impact of those on their provision of spiritual/value-based care.

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Services Offered

1. Professional Spiritual Care
Internal Family Systems influenced

Meet one on one with an APC Board Certified (PBCC) Chaplain, trained in Level 1 Internal Family Systems.  Sessions with Chris involve Professional spiritual Care guidance as influenced by his professional and spiritual background.  Sessions may focus on topics of Chaplaincy, emotional wellbeing, Parts work, or whatever is pertinent for clients at any given time.

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