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Best Degrees in Transformational Psychology

by Deborah Vanden Heuvel, studioD

Degrees in transformational psychology usually fall under the umbrella of holistic psychology programs. It is a specialty in psychology that has recently evolved from pioneering psychologists like Maslow and Jung. This discipline integrates psychology and psychiatry with the aspect of the human spiritual experience. “U.S. News & World Report” and “Webometrics” rank the top transformational psychology schools based upon a number of indicators, including accreditation and published scientific papers.

Study at Sofia University

Located in Silicon Valley, California, Sofia University, or SU, offers a graduate program in transpersonal psychology and a doctor of philosophy in transpersonal psychology. SU is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Its hybrid graduate program combines both online courses and campus courses. The university offers unique opportunities for specializations in spiritual psychology and transformational life coaching, as well as dual specializations. Instruction is led by accomplished professors with backgrounds in diverse spiritual practices.

Enroll at Salve Regina University

Salve Regina University ranks number 43 in north regional universities. At its Newport, Rhode Island campus, students can enroll in a holistic graduate program that meets state requirements for licensure as practitioners in mental health clinics. The goal of the holistic graduate program is to provide students with the skills and knowledge for both personal self-discovery and for healing skills needed in professional roles. The university's graduate program is comprehensive and requires practicums and an internship to enhance the learning experience.

Transform at Naropa University

Naropa University, or NU, in Boulder, Colorado, features a Buddhist-styled teaching method and offers a Master of Arts in transpersonal counseling psychology and ecopsychology. In addition to core courses, NU offers innovative electives in Jungian psychology and meditation retreats. The program is soundly grounded in Gestalt principles, and there is focus on the development of inner growth and interpersonal skills. Its transpersonal psychology concentration in ecopsychology offers students the opportunity to examine the role of human-nature relationships.

Learn at John F. Kennedy University

In Berkeley, California, JFKU offers a Master of Arts in counseling psychology with a specialization in transpersonal psychology. Students are given a solid foundation in counseling therapy that includes both experiential and theoretical aspects of personal development. Its in-depth program covers the relationship between the individual and spirit and integral psychology. Focus is on the whole person, including emotion, body and spirit, as part of the therapeutic treatment. The program meets requirements for state licensure as a family and marriage therapist. JFKU also offers a holistic studies and somatic psychology specialization.

About the Author

Based in Raleigh, Deborah Vanden Heuvel has been writing education-related articles since 2010. She holds a Master of Science in elementary education and special education. Vanden Heuvel is currently working on an e-book on how educators can avoid the perils of teaching.

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