March 04, 2014

4-day conference features Sofia University faculty as well as world- renowned psychologists, educators and researchersSHP

Palo Alto, CA- Sofia University, the birthplace of transpersonal psychology, will host the 7th Annual Society for Humanistic Psychology Conference (APA, Division 32). The 4- day conference takes place on March 13- 16, 2014 and will be located at Sofia University, 1069 E. Meadow Circle, Palo Alto CA, 94303. Psychologists, educators and researchers from all over the world have been invited to attend and celebrate this year’s theme Human Dignity and Humanistic Values. This year’s keynote speakers include: Rick Hanson, Nathaniel Granger Jr., Ann Weiser Cornell, Shaun Gallagher and Ilene Serlin.

“We at Sofia are looking forward to hosting the 7th Annual Conference of the Society for Humanistic Psychology,” says Conference Coordinator Aaron Mishara. “The conference is comprised of both senior and student presenters from around the country on a variety of practical, theoretical, and inspirational topics of both personal and professional interest to individuals in a number of fields.”

Several Sofia University faculty members will present research and facilitate group and breakout sessions focusing on a variety of unique topics including but not limited to:

  • Christine Brooks- Expanding beyond binary gender models in psychospiritual development; an exploration through arts, pop culture and lived experience.
  • Kathleen Wall- Actualizing your highest life purpose through psycho-spiritual integrative therapy to increase human dignity.
  • Aaron Mishara & Rosemarie Anderson- Intuition and method: Phenomenological, indigenous and neurophenomenological perspectives.
  • Judy Schavrien- Psychospiritual approaches to death and transcendence in late style: Examples from Ingmar Bergman’s late films.
  • Glenn Hartelius- The attention posture of mindfulness.
  • Judy Grahn- Multiple faces of job.
  • David Lukoff- Embodied mindfulness practices for psychotherapists.
  • Myrtle Heery- Unearthing the moment: Mindful applications of existential-humanistic and transpersonal psychotherapy.

“There are plenty of great speakers, panels, and opportunities for dialogue and interdisciplinary exchange throughout the four days. We at Sofia are especially grateful to our sister school, Saybrook University, and Carol Humphreys (Conference co-coordinator) for 
their valued contribution to this collective effort,” says Mishara.

The Society for Humanistic Psychology (SHP) represents a constellation of “humanistic psychologies”. SHP has become a visible focal point not only within the American Psychological Associations (APA) structure, but also within other organizations outside APA, representing that which is truly human and humane.

For further information, please visit the SHP conference website:

Event Contact:
Aaron Mishara

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