MSc Course Module
Your Course Leaders
Kendra Diaz-Ford is a transpersonal research psychologist, spiritual guide, and yoga teacher. She earned her PhD in Transpersonal Psychology from Sofia University (formerly the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology) with specializations in Education and Research, Spiritual Guidance and Women’s Spirituality. She’s taught as adjunct faculty at both Sofia University and the California Institute of Integral Studies and co-authored the book chapter “Feminist and Cultural Contributions in Transpersonal Psychology.”
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Bonnie Bright holds Master’s degrees in Psychology from Sonoma State University, and in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute, where she also earned her Ph.D. She is a certified Archetypal Pattern Analyst™ via Assisi Institute. Her interest in depth and transpersonal psychologies have led her to seek certifications in Transpersonal Coaching Psychology through Alef Trust, in Grof Holotropic Breathwork facilitation, and in DreamTending with Dr. Stephen Aizenstat. She has also trained extensively in the Enneagram.
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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: