Open Learning Course
Your Course Leader
Rev. Olga Louchakova-Schwartz, M.D., Ph.D. is Emerita Professor of Psychology and Comparative Religion at the former Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (ITP) where she served since 1992, and was Founding Director of Transpersonal Education and Research Specialization (2004-2014), Founding Director of the World Wide Global Exchange Program (2007-2013), Co-founding Director of the Neurophenomenology Center (2007-2014), Director of Research, and Chair of the Global PhD and Residential PhD and MA programs in Transpersonal Psychology. Olga is Visiting Scholar at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, and a clinical faculty member at the University of California at Davis, School of Medicine, Dept of Public Health Sciences. Prior to ITP, she worked as a scientist at the Pavlov Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and created and directed Hridayam® Program in Public Health which was offered to 5000+ people in the United States and Mexico, Eastern Europe, and the former Soviet Union.
Olga’s current work is focused on migrations and on using transpersonal psychological skills for monitoring, reduction and healing the chronic and multiple migrant stress, which is an emergent problem in global health. She is a phenomenologist working on the issues of religious and spiritual experience, spiritual awakening, embodiment, and positive transformation of individuals and their communities. Her research in cognitive phenomenology of Tibetan meditation was featured on BBC, Science Daily, and other important forums.
In this course we examine the core epistemological and philosophical issues underlying a transpersonal approach to human psychology, explores major theoretical developments within, and closely related to, transpersonal psychology, and examine in greater detail several conceptual details within the field. Transpersonal models are inherently cross-disciplinary and often cross-cultural, attempting to arrive at more satisfying models of mind developed through the challenge of creating models that account for not only cognitive and neuroscientific data, but also insights developed by the world’s great spiritual traditions.
At the same time, this more integral approach requires greater critical discernment, so that findings from one discipline, tradition, or culture, are not misappropriated when employed in more integrative contexts. Transpersonal psychology is thus an exercise in developing a critical yet more inclusive psychology that is capable of explaining both mundane and transformative processes of the psyche.
In this course you’ll get an opportunity to:
There are no formal entry requirements to join this course. Come and study purely for personal interest and enrichment … and get the same level access as our postgraduate students who will be studying alongside you!
In our postgraduate programmes ‘Transpersonal Psychology’ includes ‘Learning through Integral Practice,’ an experiential component which allows students to put transpersonal and integral ideas into practice. In order to develop personal competence in Transpersonal Psychology it is essential that we embody the theory, encountering ideas in direct experience and engaging with different forms of practice. A defining feature of the transpersonal paradigm involves the quest for personal and spiritual development. Indeed, a dynamic two-way relationship between ‘working on yourself’ and studying scholarly work and research in this area provides congruency and allows for deeper understanding.
For this reason we recommend that Open Learners interested in joining this course also sign up for Learning through Integral Practice.
Length of study: 15 weeks.
Before each course begins you will be provided with a Course Outline which will list the reading materials, time-lines, and any activities required as part of the course. This course features 3 general discussion forums and several live webinars.
In addition to extensive course materials you’ll receive 1-to-1 tuition in our unique collaborative learning environment.
Start date: September 2017
This course runs for 15 weeks and starts in September of each year. You can study at your own pace and partake in the webinars and forums as much as you like.
Enrol on this course
If you would like to enrol on our ‘Transpersonal Psychology’ course then simply complete the form below and a member of our team will contact you. We offer a unique learning experience and will be here to guide you through every step of your learning.