Short courses start in September and February. They are ideal for students interested in exploring the topics in our MSc programme in Consciousness, Spirituality and Transpersonal Psychology. Students join the MSc cohort for individual short courses and modules as open learners, without university enrolment or assignment submission requirements. Open learners taking full modules in Spiritual Psychology or Applied Transformative Psychology may be able to count these credits towards starting the MSc in the same year.
As an Open Learning student, you also have access to the same online learning environment, educational resources and social technologies as our postgraduate students and collaborate in the same learning communities, forums, webinars and group activities with our instructors – many of whom are leaders in the field of transpersonal psychology.
In this 15-week course starting in September each year, we explore the variety of scholarly approaches that have contributed to our contemporary understanding of consciousness.
Tutor: Dr. Ellis Linders
In this 15-week course starting in February each year, we explore the changing meaning of spirituality in contemporary secular culture. Moreover, it identifies and examines the relationship between psychology and spirituality as a change in psycho-spiritual paradigm. The module is titled ‘spiritual psychology’ to reflect this relationship. Although there are many correspondences, spiritual psychology differs from transpersonal psychology in that it specifically draws on spiritual traditions and new or ‘neo’ spiritual expressions.
Tutor: Dr Steven Schmitz
In this 10-week course starting in February each year, we explore Shamanism, the oldest spiritual tradition known to humankind and continues to be relevant in our contemporary world. For tens of thousands of years, shamans have developed and used their technologies (knowledge, tools, skills) for shifting consciousness and for accessing the spirit realms for guidance, healing, and transformation.
Tutor Dr. Tadas Stumbrys
In this 10-week course starting in February each year, we study transpersonal dimensions of dreaming, drawing on scientific research and historical/spiritual traditions. We will explore the world of lucid dreaming and its potentials for growth and transformation.
In this 10-week course starting in February each year, we explore the application of transpersonal psychology, specifically focusing on transpersonal perspectives on therapy and counselling.
Tutor: Dr David Luke
In this 10-week course starting in February each year, you will take a cross-disciplinary and multi-cultural approach, this course explores transpersonal and transformative qualities of the psychedelic experience, illuminating its meanings and implications for individuals and communities.
In this 10-week course starting in February each year, we explore the transformation of individual, transgenerational, and ecological trauma, drawing on clinical, transpersonal, indigenous and psychedelic-assisted healing approaches and research.
Tutor: Dr Lila Moore
In this 10-week course starting in February each year, we explore the imaginal as an evolving phenomenon that has shaped the human spiritual experience: from Paleolithic cave art, altered states, and mythic rituals to the intersection of modern esoteric and spiritual movements, the creative arts and healing arts.
Tutor: Dr Tamara Russell
In this 10-week course starting in February each year we explore mindfulness with a focus on its application in the contemporary context. An overview of the “mindfulness movement” and its growth is provided as a starting point for thinking about how mindfulness has spread from the (often) highly structured and guided spiritual domains into self-directed approaches in everyday life and work.
“My journey with the Alef Trust continues to be one of stepping forward into growth, both personally and professionally.
The Masters programme provided me with a solid academic foundation and an opportunity to study with some of the most established and enlightened consciousness and transpersonal psychology experts in the world.
Applying this knowledge in my professional practice is truly transformative as I see how it benefits the clients I work with.
Throughout the Masters programme, the Alef Trust supported my learning journey, and my lecturers and supervisors were equally excited to explore the ideas I had.
Thats why, when the time came to progress onto my PhD, the choice was obvious.”
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