TRANSPERSONAL COUNSELLING AND PSYCHOTHERAPY
Open Learning Course
Your Course Leader:
Melody Cranbourne-Rosser, PsyD is a registered applied psychologist who has worked within the realms of psychotherapy and education for many years, undertaking therapy, supervision and coordination roles relating to working with children, young people and adults.
In addition to her involvement with the Alef Trust community, she works as a highly specialist practitioner psychologist for a local university health board, visiting lecturer for a university based in Wales where she teaches on a professional doctorate in psychology and postgraduate counselling and psychotherapy courses, and clinical supervisor/consultant for a service specialising in working with children and young people with complex trauma histories.
She has been an active member of various professionals bodies for a number of years, including nearly seven years on the executive committee of BACP Spirituality, where she was also Chair from 2013-2016, founder and lead for the BPS DCoP Spirituality Special Interest Group, founder of Soul Psychology (Transpersonal and Esoteric Psychology Network), and committee member of BPS DCoPW. She authored a book chapter entitled, The Place of Spirituality in Health and Social Care Practice, in Clouston, T.J., Westcott, L., and Whitcombe, S. (Eds) (2018) Transitions to Practice: Essential concepts for health and social care practitioners. UK: M&K Publishing, and has contributed to various publications and conferences in relation to her professional roles and interests.
Melody’s overarching theoretical orientation is transpersonal/integrative and she has undertaken training in transpersonal psychology/psychosynthesis, systemic practice, and creative arts therapies. Research interests include the role of presence when working with trauma, spirituality and mental health, spirituality and supervision, and practitioner development and wellbeing.
This course will provide an opportunity to explore historical and contemporary influences of transpersonal psychotherapy and counselling and consider how such approaches inform current psychotherapeutic understanding and practice. Viewed through a transpersonal lens, this will include exploring practitioner awareness and sensibility, ethical and professional considerations, how context influences practice and the challenges faced, transpersonal perspectives and supervision, and ‘care of the soul’ in terms of practitioner care and wellbeing.
Consideration will be given to the types of transpersonal experiences and aspirations for growth and healing that might arise within a therapeutic setting, including transformative experiences that can be inspirational, expansive, and numinous, but also challenging in terms of where spiritual ‘emergence’ intensifies to the point of becoming an ‘emergency’, and what might help to alleviate and facilitate such experiences, or when the darker side of spirituality manifests in terms of manipulation and abuses of power and the impact this might have.
The course will provide opportunities to explore a range of techniques and exercises relevant to transpersonal psychotherapy and counselling, the therapeutic use of presence and the relevance of connectedness, and therapy as a facilitator of integration, wholeness and the search for meaning. Many of the areas explored are relevant on an individual, group and global scale, and this will also be considered in terms of crises, integration and healing.
Whether wishing to explore how transpersonal psychotherapy and counselling theory and techniques might be integrated into practice, if already trained as a therapist, or consider how transpersonal perspectives might inform understanding and involvement in wider contexts, this course will encourage creative and critical engagement with the material covered in order to gain a deeper understanding of its relevance to each students’ unique situation, interests, and transformative journey.
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!
Length of study: 10 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 2 discussion forums, experiential activities and several live webinars.
In addition to extensive course materials you’ll receive 1-to-1 tuition in our unique collaborative learning environment.
Next Start date: February 2021
This course runs for 10 weeks and starts in February of each year. You can study at your own pace and partake in the webinars and forums as much as you like.
If you would like to enrol, or request more information on our ‘Transpersonal Psychotherapy & Counselling’ course then simply complete the form below and a member of our team will contact you. We offer a unique transformational learning experience and will be here to guide you through every step of your journey with Alef Trust.