International Transpersonal Groups To Gather In Brazil

Flyer inglesThe IX ALUBRAT International Congress will gather for the first time in Brazil on Sept. 7 – 10, 2015.  The most important associations that represent the transpersonal movement  around the world includes: International Transpersonal Association, EUROTASAssociation for Transpersonal Psychology), Asociación Transpersonal Iberoamericana, Associação Brasileira de Pesquisa e Ensino Transpessoal

Together, researchers from Brazil, Portugal, United States, England, France, Germany, Canada,  Venezuela, Argentina, South Africa will join us in Salvador, Bahia, presenting their most recent studies and strengthening the blossoming moment of the Transpersonal movement in Brazil and abroad.

Visit IX ALUBRAT International Congress to learn more or download Brazil Event.


Society for Humanistic Psychology Conference March 26-29, 2015

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The Society for Humanistic Psychology will hold its eighth annual conference this March 26-29, 2015 at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, Illinois. Conference organizers encourage attendance and to submit a proposal. The eighth annual humanistic conference promises to be an enriching and enjoyable experience as well as a rare opportunity to meet and engage with many of the most creative and accomplished humanistic psychologists and therapists of our times and to network with an extensive humanistic community. In order to have strong student representation at the conference the Society will offer low rates for students.

Career Networking In Pastoral Care & Counseling

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The International Congress of Pastoral Care and Counseling, will be held in San Francisco on October 15-21, 2015.

After graduating with a degree in transpersonal psychology, newborn alumni face an interesting situation: on one hand, the sky’s the limit, and on the other hand, the transpersonal vision is yet too fresh and novel for the world to fully express its appreciation in the form of easily available jobs. One of the fields where the expertise in transpersonal psychology can translate into a meaningful and gainful vocation is Pastoral Counseling. While a career in pastoral counseling requires a specific degree, it can also spring forth from one’s expertise in spiritual and transformative practice.

The International Congress of Pastoral Care and Counseling, will be held in San Francisco on October 15-21, 2015.  At this conference, Sofia University Professor Olga Louchakova-Schwartz  will give a talk on Prayer of the Heart: Transformative Practices in Clinical Pastoral Education.  This presentation on the research and practice of embodied contemplative practice of internal prayer can be used as an essential tool in training of the chaplains, counselors, and those who work with death and dying. While any learning includes transformative aspects, there is a way to mutually enhance the content-learning and the transformative aspects by the use of  introspective practices which have specific, scientifically measured psychological and cognitive effects. Research conducted by Professor Louchakova demonstrated that selected practices of embodied introspection and internal prayer can be adjusted to meet the needs of higher education and training of helping professionals.

This  presentation will be based on the results of Louchakova’s longitudinal application of these areas in personal practice, in higher education in the field of psychology, and in teaching spirituality.  She will present the research on the psychological and spiritual outcomes of these practices; and the neurological and physiological mechanisms that are involved in the generation of positive change. The practice can be flexibly adjusted to meet one’s needs. It induces organic, natural and individualized positive transformation of character; growth of intuition and empathy; development of altruistic traits; mnemonic effects; and the increase of flexible intelligence.

In this workshop, Professor Louchakova-SChwartz  will introduce the basics of this approach with reference to the Sufi Dhikr of Divine Names; Christian Prayer of the Heart; Hindu Atma-Vicara a.k.a. self-enquiry; and similar practices from other traditions. Of course, positive transformation does not happen overnight and is not expected to be the result of this workshop; however, the workshop will have 75 percent of its time allocated to experimental activities which can be used by the participants in their future work.

For Sofia students in transpersonal psychology, this will be an excellent opportunity to do career networking and get to know this professional field.

APA Journal Elects Sofia Professor


Professor Olga Louchakova-Schwartz’s been elected as Associate Editor at the APA Journal.

Sofia Professor Olga Louchakova-Schwartz, Ph.D., Graduate School of Transpersonal Studies has been elected as Associate Editor for the Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology at the American Psychological Association.  This distinguished honor is held by a group of about six people who work with the Editor-in-Chief, do the final review of the articles that go into publication, assign ad hoc editors, and help with defining the policy and direction of the journal. I am honored to work with this team of distinguished professionals,” said Professor Louchakova-Schwartz, ”The APA is a respected authority in psychological profession, and the Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology is among its most influential periodicals.  To be part of the team that helps JTPP to thrive makes me feel grateful for this possibility to contribute my skills and knowledge.”