The Healing Field - Frequently Asked Questions
Contents and information of the training
What is Transpersonal Psychology?
Transpersonal Psychology brings together what is impossible to bring together: Science and the mystery of life, mind and no-mind, psychology and spirituality.
Even if the roots of TP can be found much earlier in time(1), the 1960-80s can be seen the onset of TP. Abraham Maslow saw TP first as an extension of Humanistic Psychology; 1967 a small working group (Abraham Maslow, Stanislav Grof, Anthony Sutich, James Fadiman, Miles Vich, Sonya Margulies) came together to found a new psychology encompassing the whole spectrum of the human psyche. Particularly, the research on extended states of consciousness (“altered states”; “holotropic states”) brought into awareness that the human psyche is much more than a reflection of a “skin- encapsulated ego”; it is inter-connected and part of the cosmic consciousness. This new
psychology should become the fourth psychological approach in addition to psychoanalysis, behavioral and humanistic psychology.
Synchronistically, this was the time of the “Human Potential Movement” and the Hippie culture, which influenced the new Transpersonal Psychology to become not only an academic approach but a subcultural movement which attracted world-renowned speakers, spiritual teachers and psychologists and filled huge congress halls in many parts of the world.
Michael Murphy, co-founder of the Esalen Institute in California, recognized three phases in the development of TP, of which the first one was a movement primarily based on consciousness-experiences. The second one, beginning in the 1980-90s, was more individual-centered: Some dived deeply into the exploration of the old spiritual traditions thereby finding out the genuine psychological potential of some of these traditions. The third phase can be described as a phase of integration of different approaches and a critical review; maybe the publication of the “Wiley- Blackwell Handbook of Transpersonal Psychology”(2) can be seen as a first result and highlight.
How to integrate spirituality and psychology, how to integrate psychotherapeutic competence and spiritual depth, is still a vibrating question far away from its solution. The team of the Int. Institute of Consciousness-Exploration and Psychotherapy cannot offer an always simple and never contradictory answer, either. The older teachers of the Institute went through these described phases of TP and let come together in their lives psychological exploration and the spiritual discovery. We know that TP always has to integrate the personal and the transpersonal. The spiritual is always bound to the
human body; as a human being you can only experience the spiritual in your physical form. Yet, the spiritual is much more, it is what connects us to the formless, to the void, to eternity.
happiness individually and in relationships. At the same time, it contributes to nurturing peace on this planet.
1 - Z.B. C.G. Jung / Helena Blavatski / George Gurdjeff / William James / Roberto Assagioli
2 - Ed. by Harris Friedman and Glenn Hartelius, 2013.
What skills, tools, and techniques will I learn?
The training is predominantly practice-oriented. There will be detailed explanations and theoretical exemplifications which will help you understand the concept of transpersonal psychotherapy. The main focus, however, will be on practising what you have come to understand.
So, you will be many times in the role of the client and as many times in the role of the therapist.
Working as a therapist within the group will help you tremendously to understand the process of a person - from the other side, so to speak.
If you are not experienced as a therapist, there is no need to worry, because you will always be given the basic framework, tools, and methods to work with another person. So, you will be gradually introduced into working as a transpersonal psychotherapist and will have many opportunities to deepen and reinforce these skills.
Next to profound individual and collective experiences, you will acquire for yourself a multitude of transpersonal tools and methods from 12 teachers, who all have long years of working experience.
They will assist and guide you to find your style, your own well-grounded therapeutic attitude, and the methodical set of transpersonal tools which will suit you best and the people which you work or will work with.
Registration and Participation
What are the prerequisites to take part in the training?
Are there any restrictions concerning the age of the participants?
No, there aren’t any restrictions concerning your age.
What is the registration process?
Is there a deadline for registering?
No, there is no deadline for registering. However, for the registration and organization process it is very helpful if you register as early as possible.
Is it possible to start with a later module?
It is still possible to start the whole training with the third module.
Can I apply for only one or a few modules?
In this case, the fee for each module will be 1,750 EUR. If you are interested in this option, please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Is there a contact person for questions concerning the prerequisites for taking part in the training, the contents of the training, the personal suitability, health problems, etc. ?
Is there a contact person for organizational issues before. during, and after the training?
Is there a contact person for any emotional issues, crises etc. during the training?
What happens if I feel very vulnerable after a module?
Is there an ongoing accompaniment throughout the training?
Can I take part in the training if I am handicapped or suffer from a serious or chronic illness?
Is it possible to get in contact with my peers?
Do I receive supervision if I want to include the training contents in my professional work?
Costs, Payment, and Cancellation
Is there an early bird reduction?
What are the costs of the training?
Is it possible to benefit from a reduction of the tuition?
In well-founded cases, a reduction of the tuition is negotiable.
Do I have to pay the complete tuition at the beginning of the training?
When and to which account do I have to pay the tuition?
The banking data are:
Holder of the account: International Institute for Consciousness Exploration and Psychotherapy Payments from within Europe: IBAN: DE61 6805 0101 0013 0515 58, BIC: FRSPDE66XXX Payments from all other countries: Account number: 13 05 15 58 BIC/SWIFT: FRSPDE66XXX All banking fees shall be borne by the payer.
What happens if I cannot take part in one module? Can I take part in the same module of a later training?
Lodging and Boarding
Do I have to book the accommodation on my own?
Do I pay the accommodation fee to the Institute or to the seminar centerM
You will pay directly to the seminar center.
May I also sleep in a tent, a caravan or a mobile home?
Can I have an adapted meal if a have special dietary requirements?
Do I have to write a final thesis?
Do I receive a certificate after the training?
Transpersonal Webinars from November 2018 till February 2019
What is the language of the webinars?
The webinars will be held in English.
What are the Transpersonal Webinars?
Where do I find the dates and technical information about the webinars?
Do I have to pay when I want to participate in a webinar?
No, participation to the Transpersonal Webinars is free.
What is the language of the training?
Can I take part in the training if I don’t speak English quite well?
If you do not speak English quite well, please inform us and we will find a solution.
Is there a translation into (an)other language(s)?
Do I receive any support in booking my flights, etc.?
Do we receive a bibliography for the training?
You will receive a comprehensive bibliography at the beginning of the training.