Peter Coughlan Joins Institute of Transpersonal Psychology Board of Trustees

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Institute of Transpersonal Psychology benefits from IDEO’s human-centered approach to innovation and growth.

Peter Coughlan, PhD

ITP should be proud of the role it’s played in helping introduce the world to new ways of thinking about the human condition.

The Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (ITP) announced today the addition of Peter Coughlan, PhD, of IDEO to its Board of Trustees. Over the past year, as a member of ITP’s Strategic Directions and Strategic Planning processes, Peter has introduced ITP students, faculty, alumni, staff, and board members to IDEO’s human-centered approach to transformation and innovation.

Dr. Coughlan brings to this new role many years of experience helping organizations envision their future and then build it. “I’m excited to be able to contribute to ITP’s evolution,” reports Peter. “The school (along with the rest of the education sector) is at an inflection point: in the context of so much change in the external environment, evolution is needed in order to stay relevant and sustainable.”

“Peter’s skills as a facilitator are a perfect fit for our culture,” reports ITP president, Neal King. “As an institution we value the integration of ‘right brain’ qualities such as creativity, intuition and feeling with ‘left brain’ qualities of rationality and analysis. Peter is helping us construct ideas that are emotionally meaningful as well as functional, and helping us prepare for growth, broader reach and greater impact in the world.”

Peter also brings many years of devotion to the field of personal development, having explored multiple mind-body-spirit modalities for personal growth. “It’s exciting to see these methods gaining broader acceptance,” remarks Peter. “ITP should be proud of the role it’s played in helping introduce the world to new ways of thinking about the human condition.”

As a partner at IDEO, Peter works with a broad range of clients and sectors to help them creatively imagine and build their futures. Peter cofounded IDEO’s Transformation practice, a group dedicated to helping organizations develop design and innovation capabilities. Peter holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Trinity College in Connecticut; a master’s degree in education from Boston University; and a PhD in applied linguistics from UCLA.

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