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First Transpersonal Research Colloquium:
Gathering Our Research Community Together
June 22-23, 2015

Program Schedule

8:00 – 9:00 AM     Registration
9:00 – 9:45 AM     Overview, Introductions, and Opening Ritual

Coffee break

10:00 AM — 12:00 PM (15 minutes each followed by Group Visioning Discussion)
Pier Luigi Lattuada (Italy)    Second Attention Epistemology
Rosemarie Anderson (USA) Transpersonal Research Approaches
Giovanna Calebrese (Italy) Transpersonal Persp on Evidence-based Practice
Regina Hess (Germany) Embodied Phenomenology & Embodied

2:00-3:00 PM (10 minutes each plus group discussion after all 4)
Quantitative Approaches (Rosemarie Anderson)
Aesthetic Interpretation
Chris Roe (UK)      Experimental Methods & Parapsychology
OvidiuBrazdau (Romania)    Scale Development
Kimberley Sheffied (UK)     Q-sort Methodology
Iker Puente (Spain)     Longitudinal Quantitative Research

3:15-4:15 PM (10 minutes each group plus discussion after all 4)
Hermeneutics & Intuitive (Pier Luigi Lattuada)
Les Lancaster (UK) Kabbalistic Hermeneutics & NP
Meili Pinto (USA & China)    Confucian Hermeneutics
Doris Netzer (USA & Israel)  & Jacqui Linder (Canada) Imaginal Resonance & Intuitive Inquiry
Paul Frienkel (South Africa) Intuitive Inquiry

Coffee break

4:30-5:30 PM (10 minutes each plus group discussion after all 4)
Narrative Approaches (Regina Hess)
Diane Rogers (USA)     Life Story Inquiry
Diane Raab (USA)     Narrative Methods
David Lipschitz (South Africa)    Case Study Method
Louise King (UK)     Autoethnography

5:45-6:45 PM
Art-based Research (Regina Hess)
Marleen de Villiers (South Africa)   Art-based & Intuitive Inquiry
Danica Lepojewik (Macedonia)    Body-based Methods
Forencia Benitez-Schaefer (Austria) Improvisational Arts

Creative Discussion TBA

8:00 PM Dinner

8:00-9:00 AM (10 minutes each plus group discussion after all 4)
Interpretative Approaches (Giovanna Calabrese)
Mariana Bozesan (Germany)    Heuristic Structuralism
Dwight Turner (UK)     Heuristic Research
Lindy McMullin (Greece) Interpretative Interactionalism

9:15-10:15 AM (10 minutes each plus group discussion after all 4)
Mixed Methods & Ethics (Rosemarie Anderson)
Susan Gordon (USA)     Neurophenomenological Self
Harris Friedman (USA)     Choosing Among Research Methods
Marta RubinartRufach (Spain)    Mixed Methods
Elisabeth Roxburg (UK) & Rachel Evenden (UK) Mixed Methods

Coffee break

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM(10 minutes each plus group discussion after all 4)
Julie Scully (UK)     Research Ethics in Action
Rona Newmark (South Africa)    Ethics and Social Impact

11:15 – 12:00 PM
Creative Discussion TBA

1:00 -3:00 PM
Future Directions, Collaborations, & Networking Discussion

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EDTR is a division inside EUROTAS devoted to research in the field of Transpersonal Psychology , Psychotherapy, and the broader social and human sciences. Birthed by Giovanna Calabrese (Italy) and Regina U. Hess (Germany/UK/USA), the division also includes Rona Newmark (South Africa), and Lindy McMullin (Greece.)

The specific aim of EDTR is to promote and expand the body of knowledge and to advance the state of the art of research in the field of Transpersonal Psychology, Psychotherapy, and alternative healing practices. Research is deemed necessary for accreditation in some areas of health and social service such as educational institutions and health organizations. It is important that we are able to share our Transpersonal views, increase people’s awareness of spirituality and the promotion of higher levels of Consciousness, provide expert support for the development of Transpersonal Psychology in European countries and overseas and develop professional and academic networks globally.

Regina U Hess holds a PhD in transpersonal psychology (Sophia University, U.S.) and embodied phenomenology (UK) and is a German psychologist and body psychotherapist. Her work concentrates on transcultural healing of trauma and bio-cultural-spiritual conservation globally. She works in international research forums and intertwines arts & science.

Rona Newmark is an Associate Professor at Stellenbosch University, South Africa and also has a private practice as a psychologist. She has specialized in various Transpersonal Therapeutic techniques, has published in national and international journals and often presents at international conferences.

Lindy McMullin is a Transpersonal Psychologist & Psychotherapist. She is founder and president of the Hellenic Association for Transpersonal Psychology & Research and currently doing her PhD, after completing her MSc. in Transpersonal Psychology & Consciousnesss studies (UK).She gives seminars and lectures in Greece and abroad.

Giovanna Calabrese is an Italian psychiatrist and transpersonal psychotherapist, with a background in research using both a quantitative approach in the field of neuroimaging and qualitative methodology to explore non-ordinary state of consciousness. She practices and teaches research methodology in Italy.

Dr. Regina U Hess edtr@eurotas.org

Dr. Giovanna Calabrese edtr@eurotas.org

Lindy McMullin, MA edtr@eurotas.org

Prof. Rona Newmark edtr@eurotas.org

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Peer Review

to Ensure Scientific Integrity: an Outline of ITJ’s

Peer Review Process and an Invitation to Submit Articles



In my new role as Head of the Board of Reviewers of the Integral Transpersonal Journal (ITJ), I would like to briefly introduce myself and outline the aims of the peer review and the process involved. My educational background is in clinical psychology and psychia­try (University of Heidelberg) and integrative body-centered Gestalt therapy. For more than 15 years I have been working as a practi­tioner. The inclusion of spiritual dimensions and expanded states of consciousness has always been important for my work. As a clinician, I have been especially interested in intertwining practice and theory. To deepen my knowledge and gain further skills, I took an additional degree, a PhD in transpersonal psychology (Sofia University, U.S.) and in qualitative research, particularly embodied phenomenolo­gy (Centre for Qualitative Research, Bournemouth University, UK).

A strong combination of practice and theory through research and publications in the field of transpersonal psychology is what I bring to my position as head of ITJ’ peer reviewers and I hope to use it, to passionately serve and shape the transpersonal field internationally.

Why Peer Review?

Articles in scholarly journals contribute to the fund of scientific knowledge in a particular field. To ensure that the work is original, valid, and significant, scholars in equivalent fields review the manuscripts submitted. Since the last century, scholarly peer review has been the major mechanism by which the quality of research and academic publications is judged. Peer review is based on the concept that peers with similar expertise may critically review the quality of each other’s work. As part of the publication process, it can be a valuable tool for improving the quality of a manuscript. Peer review has its limitations, and has been accused of being highly subjective and even a vehicle for exploiting or intimidating authors. To reduce these dangers, we at ITJ have implemented a commonly-used process of peer-review that ensures quality, understanding and fairness between reviewers and contributors and involves the reviewer and author working dialogically in several stages on the development of the final manuscript for publication. The principle that we at ITJ adhere to is that peer review should be responsive, competent, unbiased, confidential, secure, constructive, and responsible. During the review process, the document is seen as a confidential text owned by the author. The peer review primarily focuses on eliminating plagiarism, clarification of terms and writing, and general improvement of the flow of the text. Special support is given to contributors having English as their second language. We also assist with the application of the citation guidelines and referencing system of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA, 6th edition, 2010). Information about the reviewing process and the style guide is available for download on ITJ’s website. However, the peer-review process is not static, it is a lively endeavor that will continue to develop over time.

ITJ is a collaborative effort to ignite ideas and initiate fresh dialogues to move the transpersonal approach forward on a spectrum from inner life to our participation in social realities and non-ordinary states of consciousness. We invite a wide range of contributions from practitioners and researchers from interdisciplinary fields interrelated with transpersonal psychology. Specifically, our range is not limited to psychotherapy but is open to healing approaches from different traditions. By ITJ, we look forward to receive your contributions and answering any questions about relevant topics.

With joy,


July 2013, Cologne, Germany

 Regina U. Hess holds a joint doctorate between Sofia University (Institute of Transpersonal Psychology), Palo Alto, U.S. and the “Centre for Qualitative Research”, Bournemouth University, UK. She has two decades of clinical experience in Germany as a registered nurse, a graduate clinical psychologist and an integrative body-based Gestalt psychotherapist. Regina is a visionary, with a primary research interest in the study of borderland states of consciousness and the impact of holistic healing practices for the transformation of trauma, and in pioneering global transpersonal research projects.

What goes Around comes Around:

a Study of Karma


is a transpersonal psychotherapist with a private practice in London and Surrey, UK.

Website: www.lauraprins.com


Following the advent and influence of Eastern philosophies on the Western mind, karma is a well-known yet often misunderstood concept. In the West, karma is often associated with punishment, suffering, and fatalism. However, according to Buddhist thought, karma is not a retributive law but a non-linear, dynamic force that works in feedback loops to provide moment by moment opportunities for transformation. Karma’s domain encompasses ethics, and can be understood as a force that initiates a struggle for health and wellbeing. One of karmic doctrine’s true purposes is to situate awareness on the creative potential held within the present moment. As an empowering principle of self-transformation, karma can be defined as “intentional acts that enable psychological rebirth in life.” Drawing upon the teachings and beliefs of early Buddhism, this article traces the historical origins, meaning, and function of karma in order to explore its current meaning, relationship and value to transpersonal psychology.


karma, Buddhism, transpersonal psychology, self-transformation, Eastern philosophy, rebirth, ethics.

Published in ITJ vol.4, pg 61-71, 2013

Third Tier Thinking And Subtle Consciousness


One of the founding fathers of transpersonal psychology in the UK. His books include The Transpersonal: Spirituality in Psycho- therapy and Counselling (2nd edition), Healing the Male Psyche, The Therapist’s Use of Self (with Michael Jacobs) and Ordinary Ecstasy (3rd edition). He has been leading groups since 1972. He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, the British Association for Counselling and Psycho- therapy and the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy. He is in private practice.

Web site: www.johnrowan.org.uk


We are becoming familiar with the ideas of First Tier and Second Tier thinking, from the work of Beck & Cowan (1996) and Wilber (2006), but little has been written about Third Tier thinking, which is mentioned briefly in the latter book. It seems that the time has come to give it some consideration, and this is the purpose of the current short paper.

Published in ITJ, vol 3, pg 10-18, 2012

 Facing Death:

Existential Anguish of Loss between Ontological Aspects and Psychological Effects


Ines Testoni is professor of Social Psychology and director of the Master Death Studies & th End of life (University of Padova). Her principal themes of research and interest concern the relationship among death, psychological discomfort, ex­istential suffering, representation of the death. Specifically, in the field of social psychology of health, she studies bereavement and anticipatory mourning, health psychology and psycho-oncology / end-of-life, mental and social representations of health and illness. The theme of death is the pivot through she moves other aspects of her psychological research, where the questions on suicide and eu­thanasia are particularly studied. In this field and in the interest in a epistemologi­cal re-foundation of the relationship between philosophy and psychology, specific themes are increased: cultures of death and Terror Management Theory; social and cultural psychology of religion; ontological aspects of the social construction of meaning; Death Education; thanatology; educational/formational processes and thanatology; informed consent between social representations of illness and those of cure; the function of psychology in the solution of bioethical problems; conceptual dynamics emergent from the concept of the identity “mind/brain”; rep­resentation of death and strategies of social and individual coping; psychosocial factors and suicide; prevention of suicide; social representations of the body; nihilism and suffering. She has written 8 monographs, she has edited 9 book and published 50 scientific national and international articles


In the new Millennium, the Western discussions on death have became infinite, since the borders between natural life and death have been blurred by technique and bioethical discussions begun. The problem involves all the most important disciplines of psychology, sociology, philosophy, and it is a specific focus of many counseling techniques interested in support of mourners. In this article we consider the importance of psychological counseling and its position opposite the religious one which seems to be the best answer to spiritual instances of dying persons.

Key words: mourning, counselling, death representation, death anguish, terror management theory.

Published in ITJ vol 3, pg 48-61, 2012
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