This article, by New York Open Center co-founder Ralph White, offers an insider’s look at the Center’s newest professional training, Certificate in Holistic Psychology. Mr. White is a passionate intellectual who has poured his heart and soul into creating in-depth experiential programs for the Open Center and other institutions in the space. To create this program, he has partnered with leaders in the cutting-edge study of holistic psychology. He has curated an immersive and comprehensive training perfect for psychologists, therapists, social workers, coaches and consultants who wish to expand their knowledge of this field.
The Open Center is creating a ground-breaking certificate program in holistic psychology starting at the end of May. This will be the first in-depth program offered in this emerging field, and builds upon the numerous courses, events and workshops in psychology, therapy and counseling offered by the Center over the last thirty years.
‘Holistic Psychology explores not only the physical and mental dimensions of life, but also the spiritual, ecological, relational , somatic, mythological and transpersonal aspects of the psyche. The separation of these dimensions of the whole person can be seen as contributing to the personal, cultural and planetary crises and pathologies of our time.’
These words come from the introduction to the program and indicate that breadth of this certificate. To achieve this scope, we have brought in a significant number of dynamic faculty from the California Institute of Integral Studies, one of America’s leading holistic graduate schools, to offer the seven weekends that constitute the heart of the program. In each of these we will address aspects of holistic psychology from Jungian work with myth and dreams, to humanistic and transpersonal psychologies, eco-psychology, holistic sexuality, the psychology of the body, and the psychology of place.
In addition to these thematic weekends, the program also offers six intervening live webinars with some of the most gifted psychologists we know. Charles Tart, the pioneering author and researcher known for his explorations of transpersonal states begins the series, followed by Andrew Samuels, one of the most creative and original Jungian analysts at work today.
We will also be joined by Stanley Krippner, another seminal figure in new dimensions of psychology, whose work on shamanism and dream life is now complemented with new research on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. He will be giving a webinar with Debbie Joffe Ellis, wife of Albert Ellis, one of the most influential figures in the history of therapy. Mention should also be made of Robert Sardello, whose creative fusion of James Hillman’s archetypal psychology with the insights of Rudolf Steiner has put his work at the forefront of the holistic approach to the psyche.
Space prevents us from outlining the full richness of this Certificate. Suffice it to say that it adds up to a compelling and fresh program unlike anything the Open Center has offered before. We feel the time has come to integrate the psychological perspectives long offered by the Center into a coherent and comprehensive syllabus that offers participants something significantly different from mainstream psychological education.
While this program may be of special interest to those already working in the fields of therapy, counseling, and social work, it is open to all with a genuine interest in the field. No formal degree in psychology is a prerequisite. A reading list will be sent to all participants so they can prepare for each weekend or webinar.
This is going to be a very rich experience for those who choose to work with our highly knowledgeable faculty. So we encourage you to look closely at the full description of the program. .
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to write to me at ralph (at) opencenter (dot) org. I’m happy to answer all queries.