American Psychologist Works to Include Spirituality in Psychotherapeutic Practice

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Dr. David Lukoff continues his groundbreaking work in Spiritual Psychology at Transpersonal Psychology Conference in Austria.

It is critical that psychologists deal with the spiritual dimensions of therapy

American psychologist and mental health pioneer, Dr. David Lukoff, attended the Austrian Transpersonal Association Conference held at Schloss Puchberg, a 400-year-old palace that was renovated into a conference center by the Catholic Church. The theme of the conference was "Transpersonal Psychotherapy: Our Responsibility in the World".

Dr. David Lukoff is known for his groundbreaking work in the emerging field of Spiritual Psychology. His work has been instrumental in developing a specific category in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), which is published by the American Psychiatric Association and provides a common language and standard criteria for the classification of mental disorders. The DSM is used in the United States of America and in varying degrees around the world, by clinicians, researchers, psychiatric drug regulation agencies, health insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, and policy makers.

Dr. Lukoff is a Professor in the Spiritually-oriented Clinical Psy.D. Program at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, and he is a licensed psychologist in California, with expertise in the treatment of schizophrenia, transpersonal psychotherapy, spiritual issues in clinical practice, and case study methodology. He incorporates many transpersonal approaches in his clinical work including meditation, compassion training, and guided imagery as well as leading groups on spirituality. He is author of 80 articles and chapters on spiritual issues and mental health; co-author of the DSM-IV category “Religious or Spiritual Problem”; founding board member of the Institute for Spirituality and Psychology and of the Association for Transpersonal Psychology; and maintains the Spiritual Competency Resource Center.

In addition to Dr. Lukoff’s work around the world to incorporate Spirituality into the study of Psychology, he maintains an active role educating the next generation of clinicians at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology.

About The Institute of Transpersonal Psychology

For over three decades, the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (ITP) has developed its unique blend of training, research and community outreach.

Founded in 1975, ITP began as a groundbreaking center for integrative, whole-person learning and training. Today, the Institute is a leader in transpersonal research and education of clinicians, spiritual guides, wellness caregivers, and consultants. The Institute's stimulating and transformative educational paradigm, valuing the mind, body, spirit connection, attracts students from all over the world to both residential and distance-learning programs.

In addition to its graduate education programs, ITP operates the Community Center for Health & Wellness (CCHW), a professional counseling center and training facility offering quality services at an affordable sliding scale fee to the surrounding community. The CCHW combines contemporary psychotherapy with values that honor the mind, body, & spirit. The CCHW offers holistic programs for individual psychotherapy, couples and family therapy, spiritual guidance, health counseling, and the treatment of trauma.

Institute of Transpersonal Psychology Academic Programs:

Residential Programs (Offered on-campus in Palo Alto, California)
Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology
Ph.D. in Transpersonal Psychology
Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology (full-time daytime)
Master of Arts in Transpersonal Psychology (part-time evening)
Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology (part-time evening)

Global Online Programs (Study from any location in the world in an online environment)
Ph.D. in Psychology
Master of Transpersonal Psychology
Certificate in Transpersonal Studies

Low-Residency Programs (Hybrid online with minimum campus requirement)
Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology
Master of Arts in Spiritual Guidance
Master of Arts in Women's Spirituality


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