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  Nov 28, 2023
2018-2019 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook with Spring Addendum 
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2018-2019 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook with Spring Addendum [Archived Catalog]

Transpersonal Psychology Certificate

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Certificate Leads: Bob Schmitt, Ph.D. and Dan Gaylinn, Ph.D.

Sponsored by: Consciousness, Spirituality, and Integrative Health (CSIH) and Existential, Humanistic, and Transpersonal Psychology (EHTP)


Transpersonal Psychology has been defined as “a transformative psychology of the whole person in intimate relationship with an interconnected and evolving world; it pays special attention to the self-expansive states as well as to spiritual, mystical, and other exceptional human experiences that gain meaning in such a context” (Hartelius, Rothe, & Roy, 2013, p. 14). The Certificate in Transpersonal Psychology is designed for individuals desiring to 1) expand their professional practice to include transpersonal methods and understandings, or 2) integrate a transpersonal awareness and understanding into their current practice. The coursework design is flexible in order to enable students to develop knowledge and experience relevant to their own professional interests and career path. 

The coursework in the Transpersonal Psychology Certificate program exposes students to a range of transpersonal perspectives in psychology as well as preparing students to work in the field. Students will develop a variety of personal and professional skills and knowledge relevant to transpersonal psychology including transpersonal approaches to therapy, coaching, and consulting; spiritual direction and guidance; transpersonal approaches to teaching and learning; qualitative research design methods that support an epistemology that values alternative ways of acquiring knowledge (e.g., integral inquiry, intuitive inquiry, transpersonal phenomenological inquiry, organic research, etc.); and providing professional transpersonal presentations and training.

Career outcomes from this Certificate primarily focus on expanding one’s scope of practice. The Certificate prepares students currently engaged in clinical work, coaching, consulting, teaching, professional training, spiritual guidance, conflict resolution, crisis intervention, social transformation, or peace psychology to expand their professional practice to include transpersonal understanding and awareness. Additionally, this Certificate prepares individuals whose primary career objectives include working to enrich their professional work and engage in raising individual and collective awareness of the transpersonal.

Description: The Certificate consists of completing one required course (EHTP 3510: Foundations of Transpersonal Psychology and Psychotherapy), three elective courses relevant to transpersonal psychology, a 3-credit practicum in transpersonal psychology, and a 1-credit integrative seminar. For the elective courses, students must choose three of the following courses:

  • EHTP 3510  Foundations of Transpersonal Psychology and Psychotherapy
  • CSIH 8151  Practicum/Project
  • CSIH 8950  Integrative Seminar
  • Choose 3 Electives

    CSIH 3000  : Psychology of Consciousness

    CSIH 3040  : Models of Consciousness

    EHTP 3080  : C. G Jung: His Life, His Works, and Contemporary Perspectives in Analytic Psychology

    CSIH 3080  : Psychology of Shamanism

    CSIH 3200  : Seminar in Consciousness, Spirituality, and Integrative Health

    CSIH 3205  : Spiritual Direction

    CSIH 4530  : Psychology, Religion, and Spirituality in their Cultural Contexts

    EHTP 3605  : The Kabbalah and Transpersonal Psychology

    EHTP 3610  : Transpersonal Neuroscience

Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of this Certificate, students will be able to:

  1. Clearly identify the historical roots and definition of transpersonal psychology;
  2. Identify the theoretical and research foundations of transpersonal psychology;
  3. Identify ways that transpersonal psychology compliments and critiques mainstream approaches to psychology; and
  4. Apply transpersonal psychology theory and research within their chosen professional field (i.e., research, therapy, consulting, spiritual direction, etc.).


College of Social Sciences Certificate Programs

Saybrook University’s College of Social Sciences offers a number of exciting certificate programs intended for non-matriculating students (e.g., professionals, activists, community leaders/organizers, etc.) who want to expand or deepen their knowledge and skills pertaining to specific foci.  Our certificate programs offer a variety of topics relevant in today’s world. From existential psychology to integrative healthcare, the College of Social Sciences certificates offer students the humanistic and interdisciplinary education students desire in a convenient certificate program.

Delivery Model

All entering students will begin their program in consultation with the Certificate Lead Faculty in order to clarify requirements and ensure that their interests are integrating within their learning experience. Students can change their study plan later, but need to make an initial plan at the outset, including a tentative plan for a one-year enrollment for those individuals not enrolled in a Saybrook degree program. Typically, certificate requirements can be completed within one to two years (see Certificate Lead Faculty for more details). Students progress through certificate requirements through a combination of on-line cohort courses and either face-to-face experientials during a Saybrook Residential Conference and/or at-a-distance platforms such as video-conference or conference calls. Additionally, students participate in online Graduate Colloquia shells, which are virtual classrooms utilized to foster community among all enrolled in specializations that sponsor the certificates; deepening the learning environment and broadening the application of theory and practice.

These certificates are available to degree and non-degree students alike. Non-degree students who subsequently pursue a degree at Saybrook may be able to transfer credits toward degree requirements.  Students formally enrolled in one of Saybrook’s degree programs may be able to integrate the certificate into their program as the certificate course requirement may satisfy either specialization requirements and/or degree electives.  In the event that a doctoral student wishes to complete more than one Certificate program, only one course (3 credits) may be counted toward a second Certificate. No course overlap may occur for fulfillment of a third (or more) Certificate. In addition, fulfillment of each Certificate requires completion of a unique practicum (CSIH/CS/EHTP/TSC 8151: 3 credits) as well as a unique final paper (CSIH/CS/EHTP/TSC 8950: 1 credit). No overlap of required Certificate coursework will be permitted for M.A. students who wish to declare more than one Certificate.

Core Components

Though each certificate is specific to the area of focus, there are general Core Components or expectations.

  • Required course(s) (3 credits each)
  • Choice of Electives (3 credits each) to be determined in consultation with the Certificate Lead Faculty
  • Practicum/Project (3 credits) which is individually designed by the student in consultation with Practicum Instructor based on his or her interests and goals. This may involve related theory, research, and/or practical application. Several Certificates require the presentation of the Practicum/Project during a Saybrook Residential Conference and/or at-a-distance presentation through video conference platforms such as Go To Meeting or Skype (see Certificate Lead Faculty for more details).
  • Integrative Paper/Seminar (1 credit) which can be a capstone paper, professional poster presentation, or mini-project designed to allow reflection, assessment of progress, integration of experience and academic learning, and forward projection into how one will use these learnings and skills. It also invites a look into other competencies one might still wish to add. (Not all certificates require an integrative paper).


  • Applied Consciousness Studies
  • Arts and Self-Expression for Health and Wellbeing
  • Building A Sustainable World
  • Community Health & Development
  • Complex Trauma & The Health Process
  • Creativity Studies
  • Death, Loss, and Meaning
  • Dream Studies
  • Foundations in Existential-Humanistic Practice
  • Multiculturalism and Social Justice
  • Organizational Leadership & Transformation
  • Peace & Conflict Resolution
  • Professional Studies in Psychophysiology
  • Socially Engaged Spirituality
  • Stress Management Education
  • Transpersonal Psychology

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