Open Learning Course

Spiritual Psychology

Transformational open learning online courses in consciousness, spirituality and transpersonal psychology

Start date: February 2023. Length of study: 15 weeks. Tuition: £900

This module explores 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.

As an open learner on this course, you will choose two specialist topics to explore which each reflect an expression of contemporary spiritual engagement. They also exemplify approaches in which spiritual traditions and their practices are viewed through the lens of contemporary psychology. The psychological lens allows issues of definition, measurement, and frameworks concerning spiritual experience to be critically evaluated according to scientific principles.

You will also be engaging in several content- and discussion- webinars, which will explore aspects and issues in contemporary spirituality, and help you identify the inter-relationship between the two option topics of your choice and the spiritual psychology module overall.

Module leader

Ellis Linders

Ellis Linders, PhD

Ellis Linders is a researcher specializing in transpersonal engagement and transformation in contemporary spirituality. 

Contemporary Mindfulness

Tutor: Dr Tamara Russell

Informed by neuroscience, cognitive psychology, and martial arts perspectives, this course encourages students to drill down to the core of mindfulness to support the wise implementation of this ancient practice in our complex modern environments.

Entheogens and Psychedelics

Tutor: Dr David Luke

Taking 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.

Transpersonal Dreaming

Tutor Dr. Tadas Stumbrys

In this course, 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.

Shamanistic Psychology

Tutor: Dr Steven Schmitz

Shamanism is 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.

Spirituality and the Imaginal

Tutor: Dr Lila Moore

This course explores 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.

Accordion Content

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!

Before the module begins you will be provided with a Module Outline which will list the reading materials, time-lines, and any activities required.

This module includes 2 specialist topic options courses with discussion forums, experiential activities and several live webinars. Additional live webinars introduce and close the module.

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