Existential, Humanistic & Transpersonal Psychology Specialization

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Grounded in the Tradition of Humanistic Psychology

Earn your graduate degree in Psychology with a Specialization in the theoretical foundations of Existential, Humanistic, & Transpersonal Psychology (EHTP). This interdisciplinary Specialization is rooted in a holistic conception of what it means to be a person within the frameworks of humanistic psychology, existential psychology, transpersonal psychology, phenomenological psychology, and gestalt psychology.

The EHTP Specialization is closely tied to the historic mission and vision of humanistic psychology and Saybrook University. The Specialization is committed to carrying forth Saybrook’s long history of maintaining the legacy of the contributions of the existential, humanistic, and transpersonal scholars on its faculty, while producing the next generation of leaders.

The EHTP Specialization focuses on a growth-oriented perspective emphasizing human potential, intended to foster an in-depth understanding of individuals. The Specialization encompasses both the important history and contributions of humanistic psychology as well as contemporary directions in these fields.

Although this Specialization is not designed to prepare graduates for licensure, many EHTP students are already clinicians seeking to expand their clinical skills without the limitations inherent in degree paths designed in an APA model. Students interested in licensure may combine a Specialization in EHTP with a doctoral degree from the Department of Counseling. The EHTP Specialization also works closely with the Existential-Humanistic Institute, which offers a Certificate in the Foundations of Existential-Humanistic Practice through Saybrook.

The EHTP Specialization offers a flexible, self-directed option for obtaining a master’s or doctoral degree in Psychology. Students are able to work closely with their advisor and mentor to develop a course path designed to meet their particular needs, interests, and vocational aspirations.

From an intrapsychic as well as interpersonal standpoint, applications of the EHTP approach apply to healthy people engaged in a lifelong journey toward self-knowledge as well as to individuals in psychosocial or spiritual distress. The course of instruction is designed to direct your attention toward the growth-oriented dimension of personality and to the role of higher states of consciousness in achieving psychological balance and transformation.

Augmenting the usual offerings, which focus on behavior and cognition in psychology, we present dynamic theories that define personality as a total gestalt, in the context of a spectrum of states of consciousness beyond what are traditionally considered to be the psychopathic and the normal. These states reach into the realm of self-actualization and the transcendent. An emphasis on fostering humanistic and transpersonal principles in treatment and research is encouraged, because we believe they are an essential aspect of establishing a mental health system that serves the highest and best interests of humanity.


EHTP Faculty:
Louis Hoffman, Ph.D. (Director)
Marc Applebaum, Ph.D.
Scott Churchill, Ph.D.
Daniel Coffman, Ph.D.
Jason Dias, Psy.D.
Susi Ferrarello, Ph.D.
Daniel Gaylinn, Ph.D.
Nathaniel Granger, Jr., Psy.D.
Sue Ann Herron, Ph.D.
Edward Hoffman, Ph.D. (Distinguished Consulting Faculty)
Orah Krug, Ph.D.
David Lukoff, Ph.D.
Douglas MacDonald, Ph.D.
Ed Mendelowitz, Ph.D.
Kirk Schneider, Ph.D.
Sandy Sela-Smith, Ph.D.
Mark Yang, Psy.D.