Course: Humanistic and transpersonal psychology

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Course title Humanistic and transpersonal psychology
Course code PCH/HTPB
Organizational form of instruction Lecture
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 3
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Cakirpaloglu Panajotis, doc. PhDr. DrSc.
  • Hlavinka Pavel, doc. PhDr. et Mgr. Ph.D.
Course content
The one-semester course of Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychology should contribute to improving students´ abilities to identify strong points of psychological theories and psychotherapeutic practice as their philosophical and spiritual prerequisites. This way, students will be capable of better understanding of human nature, in general. The intention will be implemented via a presentation of the phenomenological methods by Brentan, Husserl and Heidegger, as well as via characterizing the decisive motives of the existential philosophy and linked-up existential psychotherapy presented by J.-P: Sartre, R. May or I.D. Yalom. The lectures will offer a detailed commentary on daseinsanalytic psychotherapy and its comparison with other protagonists of analytical and depth psychology: S. Freud and C.G. Jung. Apart from the description of the psychotherapeutic concept of a humanistic type, according to A.H. Maslow and C.G. Rogers or E. Fromm, listeners can also learn about the thinking of a logotherapeutist, V.E. Frankl, a Jewish thinker, M. Buber, or a gestalt therapist, F. Perls. In addition, the course will discuss transpersonal psychology and psychotherapy, established jointly by Stanislav Grof and Abraham Maslow. The last topic will compare a psychotherapeutic approach grounded in western ideological backgrounds and the concept of a man as understood in yoga, Buddhism or Taoism.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic Lecture(Interpretation, Training), Dialogic Lecture (Discussion, Dialog, Brainstorming)
  • Semestral Work - 20 hours per semester
  • Attendace - 26 hours per semester
  • Preparation for the Exam - 30 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
In the course students get acquainted with the application of philosophical theories in the sphere of psychology and psychotherapy. To be specific, phenomenology and existentialism were chosen as decisive for the humanistic psychology. The second aim is to describe basic characteristics of transpersonal psychology which evolved as a branch of humanistic psychology.
Basic familiarity with psychological approaches in daseinsanalysis, logotherapy and psychotherapy.
No special requirements for the course necessary.

Assessment methods and criteria
Seminar Work

A seminar work dealing with phenomenology, humanistic or transpersonal psychology at the extent of 5 - 7 pages and its presentation in the seminar, including a discussion
Recommended literature
  • Boss, M.:. Nárys psychologie a medicíny. Rychnov nad Kněžnou,1992..
  • Boss, M.:. Včera v noci se mi zdálo?Praha,1993.
  • Buber, M.:. Já a Ty. Praha, 2005..
  • Condrau,G.:. S.Freud a M. Heidegger. Praha,1998..
  • Čálek, O.:. Skupinová daseinsanalýza. Praha, 2005..
  • Frankl, V. E.:. Vůle ke smyslu.Brno,1994..
  • Fromm,E.:. Mít nebo být.Praha,1992..
  • Fromm.E.:. Strach ze svobody,Praha,1993.
  • Grof, S.:. Dobrodružství sebeobjevování. Praha, 2000..
  • Grof,S.:. Dobrodružství sebeobjevování. Praha, 2000.
  • Hlavinka, P.:. Daseinsanalýza. Setkání filosofie s psychoterapií. Olomouc,2001.Praha,2008..
  • Kol.:. Bolest a naděje. Deset esejů o osobním zrání. Praha, 1992..
  • Perls, F.:. Gestalt terapie doslova. Olomouc,1995..
  • Rezek,P:. Fenomenologická psychologie. Praha,2008..
  • Rogers,C.R.:. Způsob bytí. Praha,1998..
  • Voughan et Walsh:. Cesty k přesažení ega. Praha, 2011..

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Arts Psychology (2015) Psychology courses 3 Summer