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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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Anne Huffman is a transpersonal research psychologist, spiritual guide, and former pediatric nurse. She earned her PhD from Sofia University, formerly the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, specializing in spiritual guidance, thanatology, generational research, and transformative teaching and learning.
Anne’s research interests include qualitative research methods, spirituality, psychology, transpersonal studies, culture, LGBT studies, thanatology, and generational research. She teaches both online and in-person. She has a passion for online education, lifelong learning, and deep inquiry, especially from a narrative tradition. She has also co-authored the book chapter entitled, “Feminist and Cultural Contributions in Transpersonal Psychology” in The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Transpersonal Psychology and authored a book chapter, “A Constructed Category: Baby Boomers Navigating Aging Through Spirituality and the Media” in Practical Spiritualties in a Media Age.
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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:
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 Integrative 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.
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 2021
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.