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Transpersonal Psychology Section Annual Conference 2018

The relevance of transpersonal psychology to research and professional practice

Friday 14th - Sunday 16th September 2018 at the University of South Wales

We are currently working on the exciting programme for this year's Conference, more information will be coming soon!

Call for Papers

Submissions are now open for the Transpersonal Psychology Section Annual Conference 2018 through the BPS Online Submission System.

We welcome submissions for symposia, oral presentations, workshops and posters, further information and guidance can be found on the TPS Conference 2018 Submission Policy

For the conference we have adopted the theme of “The relevance of transpersonal psychology to research and professional practice" 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.

Deadline for all submissions is 23:59 on Sunday 15th July 2018.

Keynote Speakers

We are excited to announce the following Keynote presentations, biographies can be found lower on this page.

Prof Brian Les Lancaster - Magical escapism or transpersonal embodiment? Working with imagery in professional practice

Prof Andrew Powell - Keeping Soul in Mind: Psychiatry and the Transpersonal

Dr Penny Sartori - How a Deeper Understanding of Consciousness at the End of Life Can Enhance Practice for Healthcare Practitioners

Dr Steve Taylor - Moving Beyond Materialism: How Transpersonal Psychology Can Contribute to Cultural Transformation

Registrations will be open soon! If you have any queries please contact us via the event hotline on 01332 224506.

Speakers and Facilitators


Prof Brian Les Lancaster

Keynote Speaker
Brian Les Lancaster is Professor Emeritus of Transpersonal Psychology at Liverpool John Moores University, Associated Distinguished Professor of Integral and Transpersonal Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies, and an Honorary Research Fellow in the Centre for Jewish Studies at Manchester University. He is currently a Board member of the Association for Transpersonal Psychology, and has previously been Chair of the Transpersonal Psychology Section of the BPS and President of the International Transpersonal Association. Les is Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Sacred Science Circle, and a Founding Director of the Alef Trust, which promotes postgraduate studies in transpersonal psychology.


Prof Andrew Powell

Keynote Speaker
Andrew formerly held academic and NHS consultant posts in psychiatry and psychotherapy in London and Oxford for over 20 years. He is co-editor of Spirituality and Psychiatry (2009) and Spirituality and Narrative in Psychiatric Practice (2016) published by the Royal College of Psychiatrists, and author of The Ways of the Soul. A Psychiatrist reflects: Essays on Life, Death and Beyond (2017) and Conversations with the Soul (2018), published by Muswell Hill Press. Andrew is Founding Chair of the College's Spirituality and Psychiatry Special Interest Group.

Dr Penny Sartori

Keynote Speaker
Penny Sartori worked as a nurse for 21 years and undertook the UK’s first long-term prospective hospital study of near-death experiences (NDEs) for which she was awarded a PhD. She has published four books including the best seller The Wisdom of Near-Death Experiences in 2014. Her latest book is a collaboration co-authored by Kelly Walsh and called The Transformative Power of Near-Death Experiences.

Dr Steve Taylor

Keynote Speaker
Steve Taylor, PhD, is a senior lecturer in psychology at Leeds Beckett University, UK. His papers have been published in the Journal of Humanistic Psychology, the Journal of Consciousness Studies, the Journal of Transpersonal Psychology and elsewhere. His books include The Fall, Waking From Sleep, The Leap and his new book Spiritual Science: Why Science Needs Spirituality to Make Sense of the World. For the last 7 years he has appeared in Mind Body Spirit magazine's list of the 'World's 100 most spiritually influential people.' He is also the author of two books of poetic meditations, including The Calm Center.