SHAMANISM AND PSYCHOTHERAPY:
USING SHAMANIC PRACTICES FOR COUNSELING AND PSYCHOTHERAPY with Pier Luigi Latttuada and Steven Schmitz
Shamans were the first counselors and psychotherapists in their communities. Over the tens of thousands of years that shamanism has been a spiritual practice in cultures around the world, many methodologies were developed for various levels of healing. These methodologies are still relevant and beneficial in our modern world. Carl Jung wrote, "The main interest of my work is not with the treatment of neurosis, but rather with the approach to the numinous... the approach to the numinous is the real therapy, and inasmuch as you attain to the numinous experiences you are released from the curse of pathology. Even the very disease takes on a numinous character." Shamanism is an effective means to approach the numinous. And Transpersonal Psychology connects shamanic wisdom and practice into a broad framework through epistemological maps and models, and new conceived integral methodologies.
This workshop will be facilitated by two transpersonal professionals with decades of blending ancient wisdom and practices of shamanism with modern knowledge of counseling and psychotherapy. In this workshop you will learn how to integrate the use of ancient wisdom, ritual, sacred drumming, shamanic journeying, and sacred movement with modern integral and transpersonal methodologies to facilitate the therapeutic process and to empower your clients. You will learn practices from a shamanic and integral approach that will benefit both your personal and professional lives. You need not be a licensed psychologist to participate.
Pier Luigi Lattuada, Co-Founder/Director of the Integral Transpersonal Institute, Milan, Italy. He has a Ph.D. in Behavioral Studies and a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology. He is a practicing Psychotherapist. Pier Luigi is the Founder of Biotransenergetics, a transpersonal psychotherapy that combines Clinical Psychotherapy, Bioenergetics, and Brazilian Shamanism. Pier Luigi is the Director of the Transpersonal Psychotherapy School in Milan, which has been fully recognized by the Ministry of Education University and Research since 2002. He is also director of the Training in Transpersonal Counseling accredited by AssoCounseling. He is Adjunct Faculty at Sofia University, Palo Alto, CA and Chair of the BA degree program of Integral Transpersonal Psychology at Ubiquity University.
Steven Schmitz, has a Ph.D. in Transpersonal Psychology (from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology), and has a private practice in transpersonal counseling, shamanic counseling, and shamanic healing. Dr. Schmitz is an International teacher, lecturer, and seminar leader on topics of shamanism, healing, and transpersonal psychology. He was initiated into shamanic practice in 1974, leads monthly Shamanic Journey Circles, and offers shamanic ceremonies. He is Co-President of the Association of Transpersonal Psychology (ATP) and a former Board Member of the European Association of Transpersonal Psychology (EUROTAS).