What is Transpersonal Psychology?
The term Transpersonal means beyond the personal. It is a form of spiritual psychology which studies human experiences beyond the realms of ordinary reality. This includes methods such as dreamwork, meditation, journeying, yoga, reiki, trance states, shamanism, mystical and peak experiences, ecology, non ordinary states of awareness and consciousness studies. According Lajoe and Shapiro (1992) Transpersonal Psychology is concerned with humanity’s highest potential, and with the recognition, understanding, and realisation of unitive, spiritual and transcendent states of consciousness.
At the Irish Centre for Shamanic and Transpersonal studies, we believe that an experiential and holistic approach to understanding Transpersonal Psychology is vital. We strive to combine the spiritual with the practical and theoretical, so that participants can have access to a direct experiential and theoretical understanding of the spiritual realms.
What does the Transpersonal Therapist Training involve?
This training will be modular in nature, participants can begin the course at any point as credits will be awarded for each module completed leading to a final certificate of accreditation as a Transpersonal Therapist when the required amount of credits have been obtained.
These credits will also be given for past courses completed through The Irish Centre for Shamanic and Transpersonal Studies when students have registered for the Transpersonal Therapist Training Course. These include Soul Seminars, Shamanic Breathwork, All Shamanic Courses, and One day courses.
How is the course accredited?
The course is accredited by The Irish Centre for Shamanic and Transpersonal Studies, in the same manner as the Shamanic Practitioners course. The training allows those who have undertaken some Shamanic and Transpersonal studies to deepen their theoretical knowledge and gain accreditation as a Transpersonal Therapist. It also allows those with no past experience an opportunity to train in Shamanic and Transpersonal theory and practices.
Who can take part in this course?
Anybody with an interest in Shamanism or Transpersonal psychology can take part in this training. In the past, we have had a wide variety of practitioners and non practitioners complete our training. This includes Psychotherapists, Counsellors, Yoga teachers, Artists, Holistic Practitioners, Medical Nurses and Doctors, as well as people who previously did not practice in any discipline.
Indeed, during the training, we will explore in depth the archetype of ‘The Wounded Healer’, and ‘The Way of the Wound’. This essentially means that Healers and Therapists who have journeyed to the depths of their own ‘woundedness’ to find healing for themselves, are better able to guide others to find their own healing. We are not interested in any group more than another, and encourage anyone with an interest in the Transpersonal perspective to take part.
How do I register for the course?
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We require a deposit of €100, payable to The Oaktree Charitable Trust, which confirms your registration and will be put towards the cost of your first module(s)
How do the modules and credits system breakdown?
Mandatory Modules: 700 Credits
- The Shaman’s Journey Introductory Workshop: 1 40
- Shamanic Gathering: 2 50
- Death and Rebirth.: 3 50
- Shamanic Healing. : 4 50
- Soul Retrieval. : 5 50
- Advanced Practitioners. 90
- Shamanic Counselling. 90
- Shamanic Breathwork:1 40
- Shamanic Breathwork : 2 40
- Shamanic Breathwork : 3 40
- Transpersonal Training Day: Jungian and Transpersonal Psychology 40
- Transpersonal Training Day: Addiction – A Spiritual Perspective 40
- Transpersonal Training Day: Spiritual Emergence/Emergency 40
- Transpersonal Training Day: Dreamwork, Imagery and Visualisation 40
Optional Modules: 300 Credits Awarded
- Winter Solstice. 40
- Summer Solstice. 40
- New Years Eve. 40
- Earth, Sea, Sky Woman. 50
- Soul Seminars 10 each
Optional Transpersonal Days:
- Beyond Mindfulness/ Mandala / Consciousness Research / Gender and Spirituality / Philosophy / Eco Psychology/ Nature Therapy/ Non Ordinary States of Consciousness/ Art as Therapy etc. 40 each
The training involves a number of mandatory and optional modules, all of which have a certain
number of applied credits. In order to complete the training, participants must gain 1,000 credits in
total. The flexible nature of the optional modules, means that participants can choose how they
want to amass the extra credits they need to receive certification.
The module credit breakdown is as follows. Participants who have already completed workshops, will have these credits calculated and put towards their final accreditation. There is no set timeline for completing any of the
modules, mandatory or otherwise, and participants can set their own learning schedules.
What about past courses I have attended?
If you have already completed any of the courses above, mandatory or optional, these credits will
be automatically awarded to you upon registration, and you will not be required to attend the courses again.
Who is facilitating this course?
The course is being organised and facilitated by Martin Duffy. (MIAHIP, MIACP, EAP) Martin has
worked as a Mental Health Professional for 35 years with the HSE and is an accredited Humanistic
& Transpersonal Psychotherapist, Shamanic Practitioner and Teacher. You can read more about Martin here.
there will also be guest facilitators and teachers on certain modules.
Is there a sequence to the modules that has to be followed?
No. We will work with you to accommodate your schedule and financial circumstances to ensure
that you have a learning plan that works for you.
What is the teaching format?
The teaching format will be through video interviews and documentaries, lectures, group work and
dialogue, and experiential methods such as journeying, dreamwork, breathwork, meditation,
As the course is provided on a modular basis, there is no one off cost, as fees will be payable per
Costs for Shamanic Practitioners, Shamanic Breathwork, Solstice and Earth, Sea and Sky
Woman are available here.
The Shamanic Breathwork will be €125 per workshop and Transpersonal Training Days will be €95 per workshop. Soul Seminars are €15 per session. You can book workshops directly through the website, and these will be added to your accumulated credits upon attendance, provided you are registered on the Transpersonal Therapist Training
What are Shamanic Breathwork modules?
Shamanic Breathwork modules will begin on a Friday evening at 8pm, and continue until Saturday
evenings at 10pm.
The Friday evening session will involve lectures on the Theory and Practice of
Shamanic Breathwork. On Saturday we will have two sessions of Shamanic Breathwork, as sitter
and breather. The music will have a Shamanic theme throughout the session.
Also included is mandala drawing and group integration work. Participants will need to have completed at least two
Holotropic Breathwork weekend workshops to participate in these modules.