Start date: February 2023. Length of study: 12 months, 100% online. Tuition: £4,000
Transpersonal Coaching Psychology (TCP) can be described as the theory and practice of coaching that takes a holistic and integrative approach to support healing and growth.
The role of a transpersonal coach is to support the client to develop a more expansive and interconnected sense of self and, in so doing, help the client to access the necessary resources (physical, intellectual, emotional, social, psychological, and spiritual) that may aid in the attainment of their fullest potential and performance. This is achieved through tailored processes to help clients identify what provides them with a sense of meaning and purpose and, in turn, to assist the client in finding ways of consciously expressing this – in their work, their personal life, and within relationships.
Applied TCP utilises a trauma-informed, trauma-sensitive, and non-pathologizing methodology that promotes healing beyond symptom relief. The transpersonal perspective offers valuable insights into the personal and collective dynamics of trauma, while providing a safe and compassionate space in which trauma can be approached ethically in the context of coaching.
Through navigating along the intersection between lightwork, shadow-work and bodywork, applied TCP has been identified as a constructive means to help clients process and integrate spiritual awakening challenges and psychedelic experiences so that these may become meaningful and useful in everyday life.
The Transpersonal Coaching Psychology Journal is an open-access peer-reviewed journal that publishes coaching case study projects conducted by graduates of this programme.
The perspectives, ability to empathise and the quality of the coach’s presence can be as important as the methods used in any coaching process.
For this reason, the competencies on which we focus in this TCP course include not only the techniques of transpersonal coaching, but also the means through which coaches can add value and be of support to the client’s experience.
This course is for both newcomers in the field of coaching, as well as experienced coaches who want to expand their expertise to include TCP methods.
While this course teaches a distinct coaching methodology – drawing from the fields of transpersonal psychology, applied mindfulness, interpersonal neurobiology, somatic experiencing, compassionate inquiry, internal family systems, collective healing, social change, and human/nature/earth connection – it also emphasises the importance of not relying on a particular set of techniques or principles, but rather learning how to optimise the inner conditions for outer change.
This fundamental TCP approach can also be thought of as holding the liminal space – open, receptive, and emergent – walking the client through a transformative passage with skilful compassion, while helping them to integrate new, widened and resourceful perspectives into their lives.
Many coaching methods claim to be “client centred”, however, TCP is the only approach that addresses the whole person by focussing on the integration of self, shadow and spirit in a transformative manner.
TCP draws on the transcendent quality of consciousness to shift the client from ego-based problems towards spiritual solutions, yet it does so in a pragmatic way that empowers people in the contexts of their everyday lives.
TCP may facilitate peak experiences, recognising that such states can bring forward insights that have meaning and practical applications in the area where the client wants to resolve a challenge.
Clients learn how to embody their insights and anchor their new perspectives into the relevant contexts of their life.
TCP ultimately promotes a sense of connection with a broader spectrum of consciousness, which in turn cultivates a sense of meaning and purpose in life.
The Certificate in Transpersonal Coaching Psychology – TCP – is awarded by Alef Trust upon successful completion of the learning tasks. Such as forum participation and personal experiential work.
This certificate is suitable for candidates taking the programme for personal enrichment and for those wishing to achieve coach accreditation with the International Association of Coaches, Therapists & Mentors – IACTM.
By completing all three modules of this course, students will have a sufficient amount of training and will have accumulated enough coaching hours, in order to be eligible for coach accreditation with IACTM.
The practice of transpersonal coaching can be considered a holistic and integrative approach to life coaching. Therefore, graduates of the TCP course are competent at facilitating life coaching.
The title students will gain upon completion of the course is TCP Certified Coach.
The Transpersonal Coaching Psychology programme is held within the wider Alef Trust community, which all students are welcomed into and can interact with as they wish. Students are invited to join wider community events where they can meet students across all programmes in informal community events; join additional guest webinars with leading experts in the fields of consciousness, spirituality and transpersonal psychology; participate in initiatives such as our Conscious Community Initiative with its applied focus on holistic change facilitation; contribute to our digital publications; and remain connected through the alumni community after graduation.
Certified NLP trainer, transpersonal coach, hypnotherapy practitioner and jumi – judo mind – teacher.
Dr. Hennie Geldenhuys is a certified transpersonal coach and trainer, hypnotherapist and NLP practitioner.
Jules De Vitto has a BSc in Psychology, MA in Education and MSc in Transpersonal Psychology, Consciousness and Spirituality. She is an accredited and certified Transpersonal Coach, Authentic-Self-Empowerment Facilitator, as well as an experienced teacher and educator.
In this 15-week module you will investigate what the criteria are that promote transformation in coaching, with a focus on what transpersonal perspectives can contribute.
This will include identifying transpersonal states that may be leveraged to generate eco-logical (win-win-win) outcomes on both the individual and collective levels, as well as working with psychospiritual crises in the context of coaching.
This module places particular emphasis on applied open awareness (OA) as a means to hold a safe and potentially transformative space in the coaching relationship. The OA skillset is at the core of the Transpersonal Coaching Model that is introduced in this module, including somatic-centred OA practices to promote embodied resourcefulness, as well as to support post-session integration.
Module 1 includes engaging in three live webinars and three live sharing circles. In addition to teaching the concepts and theories, these sessions will also include experiential and interactive processes, exploring basic transpersonal skills for coaching. There will also be additional live sessions focussing on developing transpersonal coaching competencies.
You will also have the opportunity to participate in interactive forums, exploring key topics in discussion with your course peers. The assignment in the module involves writing a 500-word post in one of the forums and attaching an artistic reflection (photo, drawing/painting, video or audio) of your own to help illustrate what you have written.
Along with all the course reading materials and other resources, including the Transpersonal Coaching Handbook and the Transpersonal Coaching Psychology Journal, you will be provided with over 50 tutorial videos and audio recordings related to transpersonal coaching.
This 15-week module provides an opportunity to explore the area of transpersonal coaching through experiential learning.
You will be required to undertake at least 100 hours of integral practice over a three-month period. The term ‘integral’ implies that 1- bodily, 2- intellectual, 3- emotional, 4- spiritual, and 5- interpersonal modalities are represented in the practices chosen.
While the central aspect of this module will involve peer-to-peer coaching (paired with fellow students on the course), you are also required to engage in at least one practice of your choice in each of the five modalities (examples will be provided).
Module 2 includes engaging in three live webinars and three live sharing circles. There will also be opportunities to participate in other live sessions, such as facilitated embodiment practice, fireside conversations with experts in the field, well-being webinars, peer group gatherings, and others.
An open discussion forum will be available for the duration of this module. You will also be encouraged to keep a learning journal for personal reflections.
Your assignment in this module will take the form of a written essay – 2000 words. You will reflect on your personal journey, commenting on your experience of integral practice – involving each of the five modalities – as well as reporting on your experiences in your roles as both coach and client.
This 15-week module entails conducting an individual project (involving a case study) in transpersonal coaching.
You will no longer be limited to peer coaching only – as in Module 2. On the contrary, by the time you reach this module, you will be encouraged to coach different clients in a variety of contexts – within your range of competency. The project involves facilitating at least 10 coaching sessions with external clients (other than your course peers).
Supervision from the course tutors will be available, along with peer support and group meetings to discuss common challenges, as well as share ideas and resources. An open discussion forum will be at your disposal for the duration of this module.
Module 3 also involves engaging in three live webinars and three live sharing circles, as well as other sessions to support you in developing the transpersonal coaching competencies.
The required assignment in this module involves a 2000-word report, reflecting on your learning journey on the programme, tying in an analysis – case study – of your work with one or more clients.
Students will also have the opportunity to submit a video recording of a peer coaching session and receive feedback from the TCP tutors. This is an optional assignment.
Throughout the TCP programme there are many supplementary webinars that students are welcome to attend or watch the recordings of.
These include guest lectures and workshops with professionals in the field, covering topics such as: trauma informed coaching, working with psychosomatic issues, archetypes in coaching, working with highly sensitive people, coaching for psychedelic preparation and integration, using Jungian and Depth psychologies in coaching. Toward the end of the programme there is a workshop on business development and marketing for transpersonal coaches.
There are also regular well-being webinars teaching self-care skills, such as stress/anxiety management, working with nature in the online setting, exploring imagery for transformation, integrating peak/flow experiences, and similar topics.
We also provide academic skills webinars covering topics such as critical thinking and researching, academic frameworks and writing skills, and all the resources that you might find useful to effectively communicate your experiences while on the programme, as well as your professional expertise after completing the programme.
Attendance of these supplementary webinars is optional and the recordings remain available to students for the entire duration of the programme.
Our course in Transpersonal Coaching Psychology provides 500 learning hours over the course of one year, including 300 hours of synchronous and asynchronous tuition:
Approximately 50 hours are conducted in direct interaction with a tutor – e.g. through webinars and supervision sessions.
The course also requires a minimum of 50 hours of coaching, which includes both peer-to-peer and pro bono client coaching practice.
This one-year course is considered part time. It includes three modules, spanning four months each. The course offers an immersive and intensive learning journey that is designed to stretch you. You can expect to spend approximately 15 hours per week studying learning resources, partaking in webinars, communicating in forums, preparing assignments, and engaging in peer coaching, as well as supervision sessions. The course structure should be manageable alongside your other responsibilities. We will provide you with comprehensive schedule information, so you can plan ahead.
The first module explores the value of a transpersonal perspective in coaching. It includes how to identify the transpersonal phenomena that can arise spontaneously in coaching and distinguishes between these states and psychosis. This module includes webinars where we will teach a variety of ways (suited to coaching) in which transpersonal states can be intentionally accessed and anchored in the context in which we (or our clients) seek to resolve a challenge. In the first module you will also have the opportunity to engage in these topics through discussions in different forums where your specific interests can be explored with input from your peers on the course, including the tutors.
In the second module you will continue learning about our transpersonal coaching approach, while engaging in a three-month integral practice (of your own design), as well as begin peer coaching with your colleges on the course.
In the third module you will learn how to facilitate our Integrative Coaching Programme and you will begin pro bono coaching sessions, while receiving guidance and supervision from myself.
At the end of each module you are to submit an assignment (2500-word essay) on the topics covered in that module.
By the end of the course, having completed all tasks successfully, you will obtain the Alef Trust Certificate in Transpersonal Coaching Psychology and be eligible for coach accreditation from the International Association of Coaches, Therapists & Mentors – IACTM.
Yes, the course has a vocational component well-grounded in theory and personal practice. Course participants report that as the course progresses, they gain the expertise and confidence to work with clients as well as grow within themselves. We take the competence, maturity and ethics of our qualified coaches very seriously, and we are confident to wholeheartedly recommend anyone who has completed our year long course.
Yes. This can be considered a transformational learning journey.
Applied Transpersonal Coaching Psychology (TCP) involves establishing and embodying open awareness (OA). In the context of TCP, OA is used as our means to hold the transformative space for clients. The non-dual nature of OA coupled with the intention to be of service, provides the fertile ground for transformation to occur in coaching. The cultivation of this space then includes other helpful TCP techniques, as per the client’s needs, goals, and their unfolding process. TCP Course Leader, Jevon Dangeli wrote an article “The Open Awareness Holarchy”, in which the relationship between OA and the non-dual perspective is outlined.
According to Jevon, TCP works wonders with young people. He has about 30 years’ experience at coaching children, teens and young adults. He is passionate about bringing TCP concepts and practices (particularly applied OA) into schools. At this course, you will learn how to adapt the TCP methods to suit any age group.
Yes, TCP is trauma-informed and you will learn not only how to identify the markers of trauma, but also how to approach trauma sensitively and constructively when it presents.
Regarding trauma, TCP draws from the work of Bessel van der Kolk (treating trauma), Richard Schwartz (Internal Family Systems), Gabor Maté (healing the root of trauma), Peter Levine (Somatic Experiencing), Thomas Hübl (healing collective trauma), Deb Dana (Polyvagal Theory and trauma), Daniel Siegel (Interpersonal Neurobiology), as well as knowledge from healing practices in the field of transpersonal psychology, such as applied mindfulness, breathwork and psychedelic assisted therapies.
Since our unique form of coaching utilizes transpersonal states and perspectives, these coaching processes frequently enter the grey zone – where therapy and coaching intersect. We train our coaches to hold this liminal space with care, compassion and open awareness. In so doing, the root causes of clients’ issues may be unveiled, including deep wounds and trauma, if that exists for the client.
Traditional forms of coaching steer away from confronting those underlying issues, sometimes leaving the client feeling fragmented and confused, but we in transpersonal coaching recognize that these phenomena cannot be ignored and that it’s not always appropriate for the coach to immediately refer a client to a therapist that the client is not familiar with, when they have entrusted the coach to help them. In these cases, compassionate support and guidance for integration are crucial, and this is one of the hallmarks of our transpersonal coaching approach.
Transpersonal coaches also know their limits in terms of professional expertise and they are able to identify if the client should be referred for more clinical care.
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