Transpersonal Psychology

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Directors: Bob Schmitt, Ph.D. and Dan Gaylinn, Ph.D.

This Certificate program in Transpersonal Psychology is co-sponsored by the CSIH and EHTP Specializations in the Department of Humanistic and Clinical Psychology. Transpersonal Psychology has been defined as “a transformative psychology of the whole person in intimate relationship with an interconnected and evolving world; it pays special attention to the self-expansive states as well as to spiritual, mystical, and other exceptional human experiences that gain meaning in such a context” (Hartelius, Rothe, & Roy, 2013, p. 14). The Certificate in Transpersonal Psychology is designed for individuals desiring to 1) expand their professional practice to include transpersonal methods and understandings, or 2) integrate a transpersonal awareness and understanding into their current practice. The coursework design is flexible in order to enable students to develop knowledge and experience relevant to their own professional interests and career path.

The coursework in the Transpersonal Psychology Certificate program exposes students to a range of transpersonal perspectives in psychology as well as preparing students to work in the field. Students will develop a variety of personal and professional skills and knowledge relevant to transpersonal psychology including transpersonal approaches to therapy, coaching, and consulting; spiritual direction and guidance; transpersonal approaches to teaching and learning; qualitative research design methods that support an epistemology that values alternative ways of acquiring knowledge (e.g., integral inquiry, intuitive inquiry, transpersonal phenomenological inquiry, organic research, etc.); and providing professional transpersonal presentations and training.

Career outcomes from this Certificate primarily focus on expanding one’s scope of practice. The Certificate prepares students currently engaged in clinical work, coaching, consulting, teaching, professional training, spiritual guidance, conflict resolution, crisis intervention, social transformation, or peace psychology to expand their professional practice to include transpersonal understanding and awareness. Additionally, this Certificate prepares individuals whose primary career objectives include working to enrich their professional work and engage in raising individual and collective awareness of the transpersonal.

The Certificate consists of completing one required course (EHTP 3510: Foundations of Transpersonal Psychology and Psychotherapy), three elective courses relevant to transpersonal psychology, a 3-credit practicum in transpersonal psychology, and a 1-credit integrative seminar. For the elective courses, students must choose three of the following courses:

CSIH 3000:  Psychology of Consciousness
CSIH 3040:  Models of Consciousness
CSIH 3076:  C. G Jung: His Life, His Works, and Contemporary Perspectives in Analytic Psychology
CSIH 3080:  Psychology of Shamanism
CSIH 3200:  Seminar in Consciousness, Spirituality, and Integrative Health
CSIH 3205:  Spiritual Direction
CSIH 4350:  Psychology, Religion, and Spirituality in their Cultural Contexts
EHTP 3605:  The Kabbalah and Transpersonal Psychology
EHTP 3610:  Transpersonal Neuroscience

Certificate Practicum
In addition to the 12-credits of Certificate coursework, students engage in a practicum course (CSIH 8151 or EHTP 8151). Students have various options for this practicum work, including focusing on research in transpersonal psychology, clinical practice, or other applications of transpersonal psychology.

Integrative Paper or Project
The final activity in the Certificate program is the writing of a culminating paper (EHTP 8950 or CSIH 8950: Certificate Integrative Seminar) that integrates and advances the learning gained from the four courses and the practicum.

Certificate Objectives
Upon completion of this Certificate, students will be able to:
1. clearly identify the historical roots and definition of transpersonal psychology;
2. identify the theoretical and research foundations of transpersonal psychology;
3. identify ways that transpersonal psychology compliments and critiques mainstream approaches to psychology; and
4. apply transpersonal psychology theory and research within their chosen professional field (i.e., research, therapy, consulting, spiritual direction, etc.).

What is Next?
For more information, please contact the Admissions Office. Note you may enroll in this certificate as a non-degree student, or as a matriculated student. This Certificate will begin in the fall 2014 semester. You are welcome to consult at any time with Certificate faculty to see if this option is right for you, and to explore their areas or your own interests. When you are certain of your wish to enroll, you may go to Apply Online and select the desired options. Saybrook students may, depending upon their degree program, take this Certificate either as a part of or in addition to their degree requirements.

Call Admissions at 1-800-825-4480 for further information.