MSc course module

Shamanistic Psychology

Shamanism is the oldest spiritual tradition known to humankind and continues to be relevant to our contemporary world.

Shamanism persists because it is practical and it works. Shamans have developed and used technologies (knowledge, tools, skills, and expertise) for shifting consciousness and for transformation.

These ancient technologies can be integrated with modern psychology to help us understand and facilitate healing of modern illness, alienation, dispiritedness, and dysfunction. This course will explore the practice of shamanism through the perspectives of Transpersonal Psychology and the practical lense of a Shamanic Practitioner.


Accordion Content
  1. Develop a deeper understanding of the shamanic paradigm: the cultural differences, healing practices, initiation, the shadow side, research, and psychological dynamics of shamanism
  2. Become familiar with the basic principles and methods of shamanic practice
  3. Understand the shamanic perspective on illness and healing
  4. Explore and experience the shamanic journey
  5. Encourage critical thinking with regards to the topic of shamanism
  6. Discuss your own ideas about shamanistic psychology with peers and the course tutor on interactive forums
  7. Join several live webinars, combining academic discussion with reflections on your own journeying experience

Course leader

Steven Schmitz

Dr. Steven Schmitz

adjunct professor in the Sofia University – California, USA – Global PhD Program, and teaches at transpersonal institutes in Italy, Switzerland, and Estonia.

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