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Psychedelics, Psychology and Spirituality

19th Annual Transpersonal Psychology Section Conference

Friday 18th September - Sunday 20th September 2015 at Cober Hill Hotel, Scarborough

Online registration for this conference closed at 16.30 on Friday 18th September

The shamanic use of psychedelic plants for psycho-spiritual purposes reaches back millennia and in the last 100 years or so these substances have increasingly intrigued psychologists, psychiatrists, psychotherapists and many other scholars and practitioners as to what may be learned from them about the human condition.

Currently there is a renaissance of interest in these extraordinary substances regarding their potential to help understand the neuroscience of human consciousness, to induce genuine long lasting spiritual experiences, to enhance creativity, to positively change personality and to treat difficult psychogenic illnesses such as depression, anxiety and addiction. The conference will explore these themes in relation to transpersonal psychology and inspect the illuminating intersection between neurobiology, psychology and spirituality.

Keynote Speakers

Matthew W. Johnson, Ph.D.
The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, USA
“Psilocybin and Mystical Experience: Effects on Cancer-Related Anxiety & Depression, Meditation, and Addiction”

Professor David Nutt

Imperial College, London
“Psychedelic psychotherapy – a renaissance from brain imaging studies?”

David Luke, Ph.D.
University of Greenwich, UK
"The varieties of psychedelic experience: Mapping transpersonal psychopharmacology"

Torsten Passie, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor for Consciousness Studies, Hannover Medical School, Germany.
"Experiences of patients treated with LSD for existential anxiety related to a life-threatening illness."


The AGM will be held on Sunday 20th September 2015 at 09.30am

Call for Submissions

Please note, submissions are no longer being accepted as the deadline has now passed. The deadline was 23:59 Sunday 23rd August 2015.

For the conference we have adopted the theme of “Psychedelics, Psychology and Spirituality” and our keynote speakers have been chosen to reflect this. However, there is no requirement for individual submissions to reflect the conference theme; any topic of relevance to transpersonal psychology will be deemed appropriate for consideration.

Draft Programme

To download the draft programme, please click here. Please note, all speakers and timings are subject to change.


The Transpersonal Section Committee has agreed to underwrite a bursary scheme for individuals who are student members of the section that have submissions accepted for the conference. The award is to the value of £25 for each day of the conference for which the awardee is registered and will be deducted from their registration fee. This is a competitive award with limited places. Those wishing to apply need to confirm their student member status and their wish to apply for the bursary when submitting their abstract.

If you have any queries please contact us via the event hotline on 01332 224507


Cober Hill Hotel

Cloughton Scarborough, North Yorkshire, Y013 OAR •  Website

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