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Chris McDuffie, GSS ‘20, Making Waves Across the Globe with Buddhism and Psychotherapy


This summer, Chris McDuffie, GSS ‘20, embarks on an incredible adventure across Europe, sharing his knowledge and insights on Buddhism and psychotherapy with multiple esteemed European universities. Representing his company, AToN Center, Chris will deliver enlightening lectures at renowned institutions including the University of Athens, Oxford University, Vancouver University, and at the Sorbonne. His expertise in these fields, coupled with his profound understanding of social work, promises to create a dynamic dialogue that will leave a lasting impact.

A Multifaceted Professional

McDuffie’s journey into social work marks his second career, having retired as a high school principal twelve years ago, and teaching at Fordham Preparatory School before that. His decision to pursue social work reflects his unwavering dedication to making a positive difference in the lives of others. Alongside his extensive experience in education, Chris holds not one but three master’s degrees from Fordham University. Besides his Master of Social Work (MSW), he also possesses master’s degrees in American History and School Administration, which contribute to his well-rounded perspective and enrich his work.

Commitment to Growth and Learning

Continuing his pursuit of excellence, McDuffie is actively preparing to sit for the LCSW exam this summer after successfully completing his required hours. This milestone reflects his commitment to professional growth and dedication to providing the highest level of care and support to those in need. Additionally, Chris has been featured on the Insight Timer app, where he shares his wisdom, insights, and therapeutic approaches with a wide audience, further extending his impact beyond the lecture halls.

McDuffie’s journey exemplifies the power of education, determination, and a passion for helping others. His efforts to bridge the worlds of Buddhism, psychotherapy, and social work serve as an inspiration to aspiring social workers, therapists, and educators alike. By combining his diverse skill set and expansive knowledge, Chris has created a unique path that showcases the transformative potential of interdisciplinary collaboration and the MSW degree.

Congratulations, Chris!


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