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ITP

 Institute of Transpersonal Psychology

 The Transpersonal Practitioner Certificate

We are now in the third year of delivering the Transpersonal Practitioner Professional Certificate. 

The next course:  

 September 2024 - July 2025

Online sessions every first and third Thursday of the month, 7-9pm (UK)

Cost: £2,995.00

Eligibility: This course is for those already working in the therapeutic or coaching fields.

It is also for those who would like a new way of working with people for their personal growth and positive change.

 Upon completion of the course, students will meet online, once a month for a year of guidance, sharing and learning.

A Practitioner Page will soon be available for Transpersonal Practitioners on this site, allowing our site visitors to contact you. 

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Diane Elliott

BTA/ITP Founding Director 

diane.elliott@britishtranspersonalassociation.org

 

Diane received her masters degree in Integrative Consciousness and Mental Wellbeing  from the University of Buckingham. She also graduated with distinction from the Alef Trust with a Professional Certificate in Transpersonal Psychology.

Diane's background is in alternative education and she has founded schools in Los Angeles and Scotland. 

Diane studied the Jungian method of Active Imagination with Jungian psychoanalyst Kenneth James and has worked in this capacity with educational institutions, premier football clubs and the US and UK armed forces. She is a trained end of life doula and has worked in cancer support centres and hospices. 

Diane is also a certified NLP therapist, trained by founder Richard Bandler.

She believes Transpersonal Psychology is the new psychology for human potential and wellbeing. 

Consciousness

The objective of the Transpersonal Practitioner is to help an individual or a group of individuals achieve

Integrated Consciousness, a state which recognises and incorporates mind, body and spirit. 

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PRACTICAL CONSCIOUSNESS

The Ego state - how our sense of self was formulated 

How the verbal centre becomes the voice of irrationality 

The Big 5 personality traits 

Polyvagal Theory

Sympathetic and Parasympathetic systems 

Encompassing values, principles and ethics

Implementation of boundaries 

Challenges of the current mental healthcare system

INTEGRATED CONSCIOUSNESS

Holistic Approach of Practical and Expanded states of consciousness 

Incorporating the mind, body, emotions and spirit 

Dual Brain Science (and Brain Waves)

Hemispheric connectedness 

Psychological/spiritual development 

EXPANDED CONSCIOUSNESS

The Science of Spirituality

Consciousness theories 

Dual Brain Neuroscience 

Death studies, including Near Death and Shared Death Experiences

Understanding Numinous and Transpersonal experiences.

Exploring religious and/or spiritual encounters

The objective of Integrated Consciousness is achieved through the use of the Limina Model of  Neuroscience, Evolved Responses, Science of Spirituality and a Wellspring of Modalities

The Limina Models offer an educational, not a therapeutic, approach for mental health and wellbeing.

We believe if a person is provided with information about neuroscience, the science of spirituality, evolved responses and specific modalities, they can find internal strength and resilience to cross the liminal bridge towards healing and transformation. 

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The objective of Integrated Consciousness is achieved through the use of the Limina Model of  Neuroscience, Evolved Responses, Science of Spirituality and a Wellspring of Modalities

The Limina Models offer an educational, not a therapeutic, approach for mental health and wellbeing.

We believe if a person is provided with information about neuroscience, the science of spirituality, evolved responses and specific modalities, they can find internal strength and resilience to cross the liminal bridge towards healing and transformation. 

Neuroscience 

 

Dual Brain Science is the investigation of the distinct roles and functions of the brain's hemispheres, recognising that the left and right hemispheres have different but complementary roles in cognition, emotion, and behaviour.

This section of the model integrates transpersonal psychology and dual brain science, which seeks to bridge the understanding of higher states of consciousness and spiritual experiences with the functional specialisation of the brain's hemispheres. The Neuroscience section provides a holistic understanding of human consciousness, which respects both the scientific and spiritual dimensions of transpersonal experiences.

By exploring the interplay between brain hemispheres and higher states of consciousness, the section seeks to present enhanced personal growth, therapeutic practices, and a deeper appreciation of the human mind's potential.

 

 

Evolved Responses - to Life & Death 

 

Evolved Responses relates to our physiological and psychological responses to our lives and our deaths. 

 Biology is the study of life, including our survival response. The Polyvagal System, as part of the Autonomic nervous System, is key to understanding the survival response. 

Thanatology is the study of death, including how we respond psychologically, socially, culturally, and spiritually. 

An Evolved Response towards Biology and Thanatology explores transcendent experiences, higher states of consciousness

and the life-death continuum.

 

 

 Science of Spirituality 

 

Spirituality can refer to aligning with a Christian life, living intentionally in relationship with God. 

Spirituality can also refer to a more broad-based belief system, feeling a connection to something beyond ourselves, beyond materiality.  The Science of Spirituality section investigates the neurological, physiological, and psychological underpinnings of spiritual experiences and examines the impact of spiritual practices on well-being, health, and cognitive functions.

Scientific research now demonstrates that people who feel themselves to be spiritual are less likely to feel depressed, and more likely to find a sense of meaning in their lives. 

 

 

Wellspring of Modalities

 

The use of non-mainstream modalities within Transpersonal Psychology offers a broader and more inclusive range of psychospritual tools, which enables a deeper exploration of the human experience. They support holistic healing, and address the spiritual and transcendent aspects of life that are often overlooked in conventional psychotherapy.

 

Practical:

Creativity, Expressive Arts and Ecotherapy

Transpersonal Hypnotherapy

Jungian Active Imagination and Archetypal/Symbolic Exploration

EMDR

Meditation 

Somatic Sensing

Intuition and Flow Writing

Philosophical Exploration

Dream Work

Breathwork

Plant Medicine

 

Theoretical:

Mystical Experiences are the encountering of transcendence, unity, or connection with a higher power or the cosmos. 

 These experiences are spontaneous (such as a Near-Death Experience, or a Shared-Death Experience) or intentional such as breathwork, sensory deprivation, or the use of plant medicines.

 

Near-Death Experiences occur when a person who has been close to death, or has even clinically died has moved into a realm of peace and joy - (for more information: https://www.brucegreyson.com or https://iands.org/).

 

Shared Death Experiences occur when somebody is close to death and a caregiver, family member, friend or even just a bystander reports that they sense certain phenomena which is outside of our daily understanding, such as sensing a different energy in the room, visions of deceased people coming to collect the dying person, or even angels or cosmic beings, come to escort the dying person as they transition beyond this life  - (for more information: https://www.sharedcrossing.com).

What 

A Transpersonal Practitioner looks to incorporate Integrated Consciousness by: 

  • Working with individuals, or groups of people to consider not only the presenting psychological symptoms but also their spiritual beliefs, existential concerns, and potential for personal growth and transformation. 

  • Facilitating exploration of spiritual experiences such as mystical experiences, spiritual awakening and other expanded states of consciousness. 

  • Supporting those who are undergoing spiritual emergence or crisis – intense experiences of spiritual awakening or transformation which may be disorienting or distressing. 

  • Providing a safe and supportive environment for individuals to navigate these experiences and integrate them into their lives in a healthy and balanced way. 

  • Helping individuals explore their inner selves, and identify their core values and beliefs. 

  • Exploring  fundamental questions about life, death, meaning, and purpose, contribute to a deeper understanding of oneself and one's place in the world. 

  • Recognising the interconnectedness of the mind, body, and spirit. And determines how psychological well-being is influenced by spiritual and existential dimensions. 

 

 

 

TRANSPERSONAL PATHS: 

A Transpersonal Practitioner can offer a unique and holistic approach to address anxiety and depression in all areas of life, however, the approach is specifically transformative for - end of life distress, grief and trauma - by integrating spiritual, existential, and transcendent dimensions into the healing process.

END OF LIFE:

Many people seek meaning and spiritual support at the end of their lives, but fail to find it. A clinical end-of-life experience usually focuses on the physical, psychological, and practical aspects of the dying process. It involves medical care, symptom management, psychosocial support, and advance care planning to ensure comfort, dignity, and quality of life for the dying person. 

A Transpersonal perspective views the end-of-life experience as a transition or a passage to another state of being rather than just a biological event.  This approach may involve helping individuals explore their spiritual beliefs, engage in practices such as meditation or prayer, rituals, discussions about the afterlife, the soul, and the interconnectedness of all beings.

Some individuals at the end of life may have transcendent or mystical experiences. Transpersonal psychology provides a framework for understanding and honouring these experiences, which allows the person to discover a sense of peace and connection during the transition. 

Practitioners may support individuals by:

  • Making sense of these profound moments and finding meaning and comfort.

  • Assisting in integrating these experiences into the individual's narrative, helping them find peace and acceptance.

  • Helping individuals stay present, navigate their fears, reduce anxiety, find purpose, and come to terms with their life's journey, which enhances the quality of their remaining time. 

  • Providing psycho-spiritual support for individuals and their families. This involves addressing psychological, emotional, and spiritual concerns to facilitate a more peaceful and meaningful transition for the individual. It also addresses the spiritual and emotional needs of everyone involved as they face the loss of their loved one.  

GRIEF

Transpersonal psychology can be used in the context of grief to provide a holistic and spiritually oriented approach to understanding and navigating the experience of loss. It can help individuals explore existential questions, find meaning in the loss, and work towards personal growth and transformation.

Ways in which transpersonal psychology principles may be applied in grief work:

  • Acknowledging the Spiritual Dimension: Transpersonal psychology recognises that individuals have a spiritual aspect to their identity. In the context of grief, this involves acknowledging and exploring the spiritual beliefs and experiences of the grieving person. This may include discussions about the nature of life, death, and the possibility of an afterlife.

  • Exploring Transcendent Experiences: Individuals in grief may have transcendent experiences, such as dreams, visions, or a sense of connection with the deceased. Practitioners encourage the exploration and integration of these experiences, providing a framework for making meaning and finding comfort in spiritual and transcendent encounters.

  • Dreamwork: Transpersonal psychology places importance on the exploration of dreams as a window into the unconscious. In grief work, dream analysis may be utilised to uncover symbolic messages or gain insights that can contribute to the healing process.

  • Rituals and Symbolism: Transpersonal approaches often value rituals and symbolism as important elements in the grieving process. Creating personalised rituals or engaging in symbolic activities can help individuals express their emotions, honour the memory of the deceased, and tap into the symbolic language of the psyche.

  • Mindfulness and Presence: Mindfulness, a practice often associated with transpersonal psychology, can be beneficial in grief work. Mindfulness techniques can help individuals stay present with their emotions, thoughts, and bodily sensations as they navigate the grieving process. Mindfulness may include practices such as meditation, deep breathing, or body awareness.

  • Integration of Loss and Identity: Grief is a transformative process that can lead to a reevaluation of one's identity and life purpose. Transpersonal psychology provides a framework for integrating the experience of loss into the broader narrative of an individual's life journey.

 

TRAUMA

Transpersonal psychology can offer a holistic and spiritually-oriented approach to addressing trauma. While traditional trauma therapies often focus on symptom reduction and emotional regulation, transpersonal psychology seeks to integrate the spiritual and transcendent aspects of human experience into the healing process. And looks to explore issues of identity, purpose, and the search for meaning in the aftermath of trauma.

Ways in which transpersonal psychology can be applied to trauma recovery:

  • Acknowledging the Spiritual Dimension of Trauma: Transpersonal psychology recognises that trauma can have profound spiritual implications. It involves acknowledging and exploring how traumatic experiences may impact an individual's sense of self, meaning-making, and connection to the transcendent.

  • Spiritual Support and Exploration: Transpersonal approaches may involve providing spiritual support to individuals who find solace in their faith, belief systems, or practices. This could include exploring how spiritual resources and practices can contribute to coping, resilience, and post-traumatic growth.  

  • Integration of Transcendent Experiences: Trauma survivors may sometimes report transcendent or mystical experiences as part of their healing journey. Transpersonal psychology encourages the integration of these experiences into the narrative of recovery, helping individuals find meaning, insight, and a sense of connection.

  • Archetypal and Symbolic Exploration: Transpersonal psychology often involves working with archetypal symbols and themes. Therapeutic exploration of archetypal imagery related to trauma can offer insights into the deeper layers of the psyche and contribute to the healing process.

For more information, to set up a call, or to join an introductory webinar, please contact: 

diane.elliott@britishtranspersonalassociation.org

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