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Transpersonal Psychology Section Annual Conference 2017: Coming of Age: The BPS Transpersonal Section after 21 years

Friday 22 September to Sunday 24 September 2017 at Cober Hill Hotel, Scarborough

Transpersonal Psychology addresses the spiritual nature of humankind. Unlike religion and theology, its interest centres on the mind and behaviour; hence it is a branch of Psychology. All the major spiritual and mystical traditions of the world incorporate teachings about the nature of mind and promote behavioural practices intended - amongst other goals - to bring about psychological transformations. Transpersonal psychology addresses these teachings and practices, researching their value and evaluating their relationships to ideas promulgated in Psychology. In essence Transpersonal Psychology seeks to integrate non-scientific spiritual insights with observations and models associated with the rigorous methodological approach of psychological science.

The Transpersonal Psychology Section of the BPS holds an annual conference as a service to members. The theme for 2017 is "Coming of Age: The BPS Transpersonal Section after 21 years" and will reflect on the advances and contributions made by transpersonal psychology since the section was founded in 1996.

Keynote Speakers

We are excited to announce the Keynote Speakers and the titles of their presentations:

Michael Daniels - On trying to be reasonable: Personal reflections on a career in transpersonal psychology

Jorge N. Ferrer - A Transpersonal Psychology for the 21st Century: Contributions, Horizons, Challenges

Stanley Krippner - The Scope Of Transpersonal Psychology

Conference Programme

We are pleased to announce the Conference Programme has now been finalised.


Submissions for the Transpersonal Section Conference closed at 23.59 on Sunday 16th July 2017.


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 £25.00 (including VAT) 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.

Registration fees can be form on the booking form.

If you have any queries please contact us via the event hotline on 01332 224506.

Speakers and Facilitators


Michael Daniels

Keynote Speaker
Michael Daniels PhD taught transpersonal psychology and parapsychology for more than 25 years at Liverpool John Moores University where, with Les Lancaster, he established the ground-breaking MSc in Consciousness and Transpersonal Psychology. He also practised for six years as an Honorary Psychotherapist (psychodynamic) within the NHS. His academic publications include numerous journal articles and book chapters, mainly focusing on theoretical issues in transpersonal psychology and parapsychology. He is the author of two books: Shadow, Self, Spirit: Essays in Transpersonal Psychology (Imprint Academic, 2005) and Self-Discovery the Jungian Way: The Watchword Technique (Routledge, 1992 & 2015). A founder member and former Honorary Secretary of the BPS Transpersonal Psychology Section, he was also Editor of the Section’s Journal, Transpersonal Psychology Review from 2007 to 2013. He lives in retirement in the magical Isle of Man.

Jorge N. Ferrer

Keynote Speaker
Jorge N. Ferrer, Ph.D., is core faculty in the departments of East-West Psychology (EWP) and Integral and Transpersonal Psychologies (ITP; online) at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), San Francisco. Formerly the chair of the EWP department, he is the award-winner author of Revisioning Transpersonal Theory: A Participatory Vision of Human Spirituality (SUNY Press, 2002) and Participation and the Mystery: Transpersonal Essays in Psychology, Education, and Religion (SUNY Press, 2017), as well as the coeditor of The Participatory Turn: Spirituality, Mysticism, Religious Studies (SUNY Press, 2008). In 2009, he became an advisor to the organization Religions for Peace at the United Nations on a research project aimed at solving global interreligious conflict. Ferrer offers talks and workshops on transpersonal psychology, participatory spirituality, comparative mysticism and religious studies, integral and contemplative education, and sexuality and spirituality. He was born in Barcelona, Spain.

Stanley Krippner

Keynote Speaker
Stanley Krippner, Ph.D., is Alan Watts Professor of Psychology at Saybrook University. He has received Lifetime Career Awards for his research in dream studies, humanistic psychology, and parapsychology. He has authored or co-authored over 1,000 books, monographs, and articles on such topics as anomalous dreams, post-traumatic stress disorder, shamanism, hypnosis, creativity, and psychedelics. He is the recipient of the American Psychological Association's Award for Distinguished Contributions to the International Advancement of Psychology. He is the co-author of the award-winning book "Personal Mythology" and the co-editor of another award-winning book, "Varieties of Anomalous Experience: Examining the Scientific Evidence."


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