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Avrom Altman

Avrom Altman


  • M.A., Counseling Psychology, University of Missouri


  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Licensed Professional Counselor
  • Certified Hakomi Therapist

Avrom Altman is Professor Emeritus in the Counseling Psychology Department. He served as Associate Chair, Director of Research, Research Associate, Clinical Associate, and was a member of the three-person Development Committee that designed the current 93-unit Counseling Psychology M.A. Program.

Avrom served as President of the Academic Senate and wrote the Academic Senate’s Charter and Bylaws approved by the PGI Board.  He was a member of the Executive Committee of the Senate Leadership Committee, Senate Leadership Committee, Shared Stewardship Coordinating Committee, Faculty Review Committee, Council of Research Coordinators, and Internal Review Board. Avrom was Chair of the Institute’s Faculty and Institutional Well-Being Committee and served on the Institute’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

Avrom taught clinical and counseling psychology at the graduate level for over 30 years. He received the Pacifica Graduate Institute Distinguished Service Award in 2009 and the Pacifica Graduate Institute Award for Extraordinary Accomplishments as Soul Tender in the World in 2015. Avrom was honored for 20 years of service at Pacifica Graduate Institute in 2019.

Avrom was President of the Claymont Society for Continuous Education where he lived in community for ten years. He has taught over 150 seminars and retreats internationally based on the Gurdjieff Work and Gurdjieff Movements. Avrom studied with J.G. Bennett and Dr. Edith Wallace at Sherborne House in England and with Dr. William and Louise Welch, Jim Wycoff, and Andre Enard at the Gurdjieff Foundation in New York. Avrom began sitting zazen and studying Zen Buddhism in 1969 and with Shunryu Suzuki Roshi at the Tassajara Zen Mountain Center in 1971. Avrom began studying Theravada Buddhism with Bhante Dharmawara Mahathera in 1973 and became a semazen of the Mevlevi Sufi order under the guidance of sheik Suleiman Dede and sheik Jelaluddin Loras in 1989.

Avrom published Flowers of Emptiness: Imaginal Haiku in 2022. Please visit the author’s page at