Course Listing & Descriptions
Academic Calendar 

Fall Semester 2014: 9/8/14 - 12/14/14
Enrollment for Fall 2014:​ 7/14/14 - 8/22/14
Application deadline: August 22, 2014

Spring Semester 2015: 1/12/15 - 04/19/15
Enrollment for Spring 2015:​ 11/17/14 - 1/02/15
Application deadline: November 16, 2014

Summer Semester 2015: 5/11/15 - 8/16/15
Enrollment for Summer 2015: 3/16/15 - 4/24/15
Application deadline: March 15, 2015
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Atlantic University courses are distance-learning and available in an online course delivery system. Some reading assignments are directly available from online sources, others are available to download from the classrooms, but most courses will also have a small number of required books for purchase, just like traditional graduate school courses. Atlantic University students will also have full access to the Library of the A.R.E. and mail-order borrowing privileges.

Online courses are offered in the Spring, Summer, and Fall semesters and are 14 weeks in duration. Class size is kept small, usually no more than 15 students in a class. Students will have assignments that include posting to discussion boards within the online classroom, but submission of assignments and contact with the faculty mentor may also happen through email. Distance-learning requires a measure of self-motivation and time-management skills because the weeks can go by quickly.

To learn about the technological requirements follow this link Technological Requirements 


TS5000 Introduction to Transpersonal Studies

Required Course for all MA Students
Introduces students to the field of transpersonal studies as it relates to psychology, philosophy, science, and human development. Including a blend of both the theoretical and the practical, the course is designed to provide students with a background in knowledge related to the transpersonal. In particular, the course explores the life and work of Edgar Cayce, an individual who embodied the spirit of the transpersonal throughout his life. Finally, students will be asked to incorporate elements of the transpersonal into their own lives and report on the results.


A secondary purpose of this introductory course is to review and practice the elements of effective writing and APA Style. Students will discuss the principles of writing in self-analyses, two conference calls, and two peer reviews. Though the conference calls are mandatory, students with time conflicts may listen to the recordings and then e-mail their responses to the mentor.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify and describe the transpersonal theories and practices articulated in the assigned writings of major thinkers in the field; 
  • Describe and discuss the life of Edgar Cayce as an example of a transpersonal thinker; 
  • Appraise and contrast the adequacy of scientific experimentation to inner knowing; 
  • Describe those of his or her own life experiences that the student considers transpersonal and spiritual by writing an "exceptional human experiences" autobiography; 
  • Practice the skills of effective writing; 
  • Identify and explain the major themes of the course within the context of the proctored final examination. 


TS5005 Spiritual Crisis

Required Course for all MA students
Throughout the ages, individuals who have had intense religious experiences have also frequently exhibited unusual behaviors ranging from eccentric to fanatical, from saintly to insane. This course will assist students in defining such key concepts as mysticism, mental health, mental illness, among others. Course work will focus on the neurobiological, psychosocial and transpersonal aspects of various forms of mystical experience and mental illness. Students will be encouraged to examine their own experiences and develop a strategy for maintaining balance on the spiritual path. Those who take the class will be provided with guidelines and suggestions for assisting others who may be undergoing a spiritual emergency or transformational crisis.

Learning Outcomes:

  • The student will be able to describe the relationships of mental illness to creativity and to spiritual emergencies.
  • The student will be able to explain the impact of psychic development practices on spiritual emergencies.
  • The student will be able to differentiate between mystical experiences and mental illness.
  • The student will be able to evaluate strategies and types of support for working through spiritual emergencies and to develop guidelines and criteria for providing such support.
  • The student will be able to identify and explain the major themes of the course within the context of the proctored final examination.
TS5010 The Inner Life: Dreams, Meditation, Creativity, and Imagination

Required Course for all MA students
The purpose of this course is to teach certain skills associated with the introverted side of life as it relates to transpersonal themes of personal development found in mythology. Included is a study of the practice of dream interpretation, meditation, and imagination and their use in personal growth as expressed in the development of a personal mythology. A personal mythology is a uniquely personal version of a universal story regarding the meaningful events typically found in a person's life span. The student will engage in a variety of experiential and research projects that will personalize the material and lead toward the creation of the students personal mythology.

Learning Outcomes:

  • The student will be able to describe the process of learning meditation as it was experienced by the student during the course, to identify the common challenges that meditation students often face, and to describe methods by which those challenges may be overcome.
  • The student will be able to describe the processes of remembering, interpreting, and acting upon dreams, both as these processes were personally experienced by the student and used to understand and overcome personal challenges during the course, and as they have been described in assigned historical accounts of life interventions inspired by dreams.
  • The student will be able to describe the methods that have been used by the student to summon imagery that informed, guided, or inspired the student as she or he has sought to understand the students own life issues.
  • The student will be able to write a personal mythology, in which the student explains his or her own highly personal, subjective approach to dealing with university life issues, drawing examples from the students own dreams and imagery.
  • The student will be able to identify and explain the major themes of the course within the context of the proctored final examination.




TS5015  Qualitative Research Methods from a Transpersonal Perspective

Required Course for all MA Students
This is a research methods course designed to help students develop skills in thinking about the meaning of scientific research, broadly speaking, and to be able to concretize their thoughts in terms of actual research methods for conducting research in a transpersonal fashion. By taking this course, students image of research will be expanded and enhanced, enabling them to become inspired by the possibilities for research as a path of personal growth and enhancing the consciousness and lifestyles of humanity.

Learning Outcomes:

  • The student will be able to match transpersonally-oriented research questions with the appropriate qualitative research designs.
  • The student will be able to describe the differences and/or similarities between various qualitative and other non-quantitative approaches to transpersonal research.
  • The student will be able to design and justify a hypothetical research plan in an area of personal interest that uses some form of the transpersonal research approach.

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TS5050 Religion, Spirituality, and the Transpersonal

Required Course for General Studies Track
This course examines the five major world religions (Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) from three distinct angles. Students will first gain a formal understanding of the religion, comprised of studying the origin, history, rituals, and practices of the religion. Then they will delve into the spiritual practices and begin to learn how followers of each religion experience God. Finally, students will examine transpersonal/transformative experiences of people who have attained some level of enlightenment through their experiences with the various traditions and their practices.

Learning Outcomes:

  • The student will be able to describe the similarities and differences between the five major world religions, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
  • The student will be able to explain the relationship between the traditional religious experience and spiritual paths that fall outside the arena of these traditional faiths.
  • The student will be able to describe the common elements found in the major world religions.
  • The student will be able to explain how people experience God through the major world religions.


TS5055 Principles and Practices of Spiritual Mentorship

Required for Applied Spirituality Track
This course is designed to help you understand your role as a spiritual mentor, and the qualities that you need to nurture in yourself to enhance your effectiveness. It will also explore the nature of the mentoring relationship, and what a mentor does and does not do in the role of spiritual guide. It examines the function of spiritual experiences, and ways by which we can evaluate their validity and direction. It also will clarify how mentoring compares to counseling and psychotherapy, and it teaches fundamental tools that are crucial to the development of skills and success at being a spiritual guidance mentor.

Learning Outcomes:

  • The student will be able to structure his or her setting, manage time, establish good boundaries, and communicate clearly what she or he does, and does not do as a mentor to clients.
  • The student will be able to develop a framework for evaluating a persons spiritual experiences that is based on traditional approaches and on his or her own experiences.
  • The student will be able to articulate the differences and similarities between mentoring and counseling/psychotherapy, and outline methods and statements that communicate to clients how her or his work aligns with the mentoring model.
  • The student will be able to develop strategies for dealing with a mentees negative view of him- or herself that includes exhibiting skills that emphasize listening to and supporting a mentee during times of particular confusion and ambiguity in her or his life with the intention of eliciting underlying feelings, themes, and direction.
  • The student will be able to articulate the stages of a mentee's unfoldment and the differing roles that mentors play at each stage in the process.

TS5065 Prisms of the Soul: Holistic Self-Assessment Tools

This course presents two holistic self-assessment tools, chosen for their combined diversity and depth. Collectively, they extend from the individual to the universal, from the personality self to the embodied soul. Their varied focuses offer contrasting yet compatible approaches to self-understanding as well as an opportunity to develop critical analysis skills. Simplistically speaking, the Enneagram endeavors to support the highest possible expressions of the personality self and the Human Design System provides an instruction manual of sorts for living within a biological vehicle governed by specific genetic codes. Together, these two rich and varied systems inspire contemplation, introspection, deep analysis and expansion of awareness. Perhaps more than anything, when engaged properly, they tug upon the compassionate heart, coaxing it forward as a consort to the developing mind. Reflective exercises and application experiments abound. Discernment skills learned in this course can carry over into many areas of life.

Learning Outcomes:

  • The student will be able to compare and contrast two systems of Enneagram understanding, to create and implement a personal development plan based upon Enneagram teachings, and to consider individual differences in light of Enneagram Personality Types.
  • Based upon his or her birth information in relation to the Human Design System, the student will be able to discern his or her unique role in the evolution of humanity as a whole and to devise and experiment with a personal guidance plan that incorporates an understanding of their own energetic configurations.
  • After engaging in a variety of creative application exercises, the student will be able to work independently towards viewing self and others through the Eyes of Compassion.
  • The student will be able to synthesize aspects of self-assessment tools and to analyze in a critical fashion the practical and inspirational value and/or the limitations of such tools.


TS5100 Origin and Destiny of Human Consciousness

Required Course for both the Consciousness and the General Studies Track
This course introduces the student to various theories regarding the origins and development of consciousness, as well as historical and contemporary models for the structure of consciousness, and possible directions for the further evolution of consciousness. The course emphasizes the contributions of metaphysics, religion, and transpersonal psychology, but also considers traditional viewpoints. The standpoint of such thinkers as Wilber, Cayce, Eisler, Schneider and others are included. Students will also consider their own development of consciousness.

Learning Outcomes:

  • The student will be able to describe various theories concerning the origins and development of human consciousness from an historical/anthropological perspective and to discuss his or her own beliefs about and preference for a particular model of reality.
  • The student will be able to describe the development of human consciousness in the life cycle of each human being and to explain how this growth cycle recapitulates the evolutionary emergence of consciousness in humankind as a whole.
  • The student will be able both to illustrate how he or she will apply the theories of human consciousness in her or his own life, and to describe how personal life experiences have contributed to the development of his or her own consciousness.

TS5105 Leading Thinkers in Transpersonal Psychology

Required Course for Consciousness Track
This course will give the student a guided tour of leading-edge thinkers, their ideas and their research, and the opportunities for transpersonal experience they provide. Topics include altered states of consciousness, alternative realities, spirituality, and intuition. The study of this material should stimulate the student and expand the student's horizon of exploration with the field of transpersonal psychology, enabling the student to gain tools of thought, perspectives, and experiences that will prepare him or her for the more focused, in-depth studies in subsequent courses.

Learning Outcomes:

  • The student will be able to describe the works of various individuals in the transpersonal field who are covered in the course and to integrate these perspectives by discussing similarities and patterns among leading-edge thinkers.
  • The student will be able to evaluate and compare supplemental materials in the consciousness field to other course materials.
  • After participating in experiential exercises, the student will be able to evaluate her or his personal experiences in light of the theories and perspectives found in the course curriculum.


TS5150 Psychology of Creativity

Required Course for the Creativity Track
Creativity is an inherent primal drive that is at the core of human existence. It is most obviously demonstrated in the arts and sciences, but we all engage in that creative drive, consciously or unconsciously, in every aspect of life in dealing with the trials and tribulations of life, as well as the positive aspects in conscious evolution and soul development. It is the fundamental drive that we draw on as we pursue our unique sense of soul purpose. The study of creativity is a complex affair requiring an integrated multidimensional approach. This course presents such an approach through a didactic and experiential process of investigation.

Learning Outcomes:

  • The student will be able to describe the history, literature and research in the field of creativity studies and the process and characteristics of optimal creativity.
  • The student will be able to demonstrate how personality and behavioral style can influence how one engages the creative drive and to discuss the functional and dysfunctional ways in which creativity expresses itself.
  • The student will be able to discuss the idea that creativity is a primal drive that can be optimized in anyone and explain why it is not due to extraordinary intelligence, characteristics or gifts.
  • The student will be able to demonstrate a basic understanding of the neurobiology associated with creativity and the role of neuro-plasticity in the development of the characteristics necessary for optimizing creativity.
  • After having completed an experiential process, the student will be able to describe the tools and techniques used to explore and optimize creativty in her- or himself and others, and to demonstrate his or her ability to use these tools and techniques in counseling, coaching and/or training others.


TS5155 Creating a Meaningful Life

Required Course for Creativity Track
The purpose of this course is to guide students in the process of self-discovery and clarification of what they might need to live a more meaningful life. Through this process students will acquire self-knowledge and tools that will enable them to create a personal vision or mission statement. Students will also gain an understanding of the creative process and how it might be applied to life's challenges. The goal is to enable students to move their actions into closer alignment with their spiritual ideal, their values, and their personality and thus to live richer and more meaningful lives. As students progress through the course, they will begin to put their ideas into practice and to examine and assess the results.

Learning Outcomes:

  • The student will be able to compare several different schools of thought on living a meaningful life and then to create her or his own belief system in which the student can articulate the ideals and beliefs that drive the student in search of a more meaningful life.
  • The student will be able to discuss the role of personality in the process of creating an ideal life and to explain what it is that enables individuals to function most effectively in the world.
  • The student will be able to use creative tools and principles for bringing a more meaningful life into being, and to evaluate and assess the success or failure of those tools and principles in their own experience and in the experience of others.


TS5200 Introduction to Leadership and Conflict Transformation

Required Course for Leadership and Conflict Resolution Track
The assumption behind this course is that each of us can make a difference in our families and communities by developing a greater consciousness of our own feelings, thoughts and actions as they affect our ability to create harmony around us. The question you will be asking yourself throughout this course is "How can I be an effective leader and transformer of conflict?" Embedded in this question are several aspects of leadership and conflict transformation that you will encounter in the course. You will examine some of the terms and modalities used in peace building, such as reconciliation, conflict transformation, and dialog. You will also be introduced you to the field of mediation.

Learning Outcomes:

  • The student will be able to discuss the basic dimensions of leadership and to evaluate those attributes that help to create effective leadership.
  • The student will be able to evaluate her or his own attitudes on peace and conflict, within themselves, their families, their communities, and to create, evaluate and assess for effectiveness a personal model of peace-building that the student can put into action.
  • The student will be able to describe the student's own attitudes and feelings, imagining him- or herself as the leaders she or he would like to be, seeing the world as he or she would like to see it, and to evaluate and describe the student's own experiences with others.


TS5205  Listening and Dialogue

Required Course for Leadership and Conflict Resolution Track
Every day we have many different kinds of conversations with other people. Sometimes our goal is to persuade someone to take a certain position or adopt a particular attitude. Sometimes the goal is to analyze data and draw conclusions for problem solving, or to try to get support for our own feelings. But how often do we really listen? How often are we able to suspend judgment and really listen deeply to another? How often are we willing to transform a conflict by truly allowing space for not only our side of the story but for the other side as well? This course will examine the various dimensions of active and interactive listening and then explore the dynamics of genuine dialogue.

Learning Outcomes:

  • After practicing, improving and evaluating his or her own listening skills, the student will be able to distinguish between the different ways of listening, to one’ self and to others.
  • The student will be able to demonstrate the principles and practices of the dialogue process and to describe the effectiveness of this process in creating understanding, problem-solving or conflict resolution.
  • The student will be able to speak with an authentic voice and to demonstrate ways for holding healthy dialogue with others.


TS5250 An Introduction to Visual Art Skills - A Transpersonal Approach

Required Course for the Transpersonal Visual Arts Track
The purpose of this course is to introduce you to basic two-dimensional art skills that will provide you with the confidence to express yourself more fully in a visual manner. This course will prepare you for the additional courses that you will take in the Transformative Visual Arts track. This course will also provide you with a foundation in the spiritual dimension of the creative process. The work covered in this course is appropriate to individuals of all skill levels in two-dimensional art from beginner to advanced. Included is instruction in basic representational and abstract drawing and painting skills.

Learning Outcomes:

  • The student will be able to construct a work of art that visually expresses his or her stated intention while demonstrating an adequate level of skill in drawing, painting, design and color.
  • The student will be able to critique her or his own artwork and that of other students in the course.
  • The student will be able to use the following basic drawing and painting media: graphite pencil, charcoal, pen and ink, colored pencil, watercolor, and paint.
  • The student will be able to describe the spiritual nature of creative expression in the visual arts and to explain his or her perspective to others.


TS6000 Becoming a Teacher of Dream Work/Dream Interpretation

This course is designed to deepen your appreciation for the role played by dreams in personal growth and transformation. It provides you with the skills you need to understand your dreams better and, more significantly, prepares you to help others understand their own dreams. It examines the important role waking life plays in the dream world, and the role of personal responsibility and ethics in working with the dreams of others. Course requirements include a practicum. 

This course will not provide the student with the background to offer psychotherapy or other therapeutic counseling, which requires special training and state licensure.

Learning Outcomes:

  • The student will be able to describe numerous methods of working with dreams.
  • After completing hands-on personal dreamwork, the student will be able to employ a number of different methods to work with their own dreams or to assist others with their dreams.
  • After completing a practicum, the student will be able to lead a dream group, present a dreamwork workshop and/or take on the role of a dreamworker assisting others in working with their dreams and/or in becoming a dreamworker.


TS6005 Becoming a Teacher of Finding Your Mission in Life

Elective for the Applied Spirituality Track
The purpose of this course is to help you develop skills and methods that will allow you to clarify your own mission in life so you can help others find theirs. The strategies for creating a personal mission statement are drawn largely from the material found in Edgar Cayce's nearly 2,000 life readings - clairvoyant, spiritual counseling discourses given to individuals between 1923 and 1944 - material that provides a framework that is easily adaptable to contemporary seekers. Course requirements include a practicum.

Learning Outcomes:

  • The student will be able to describe the role that personal values and talents play in the formulation of a personal mission statement.
  • The student will be able to create a mission statement and a personal application plan for her or his own life.
  • After completing a personal practicum, the student will be able to lead a mission-in-life workshop and/or coach and mentor who seek to formulate their own mission in life.


TS6010 Becoming a Teacher of Meditation and the Inner Life

Elective for the Appiled Spirituality Track
This course is designed to deepen your appreciation for methods for connecting with your inner spiritual resources. The approach to this study and practice will be eclectic drawing up sources from Eastern and Western traditions. As you deepen your own inner life, you will be better prepared to act as a guide, teacher or mentor to others. The course culminates in a practical demonstration of your growing capacity to serve as a helper to other seekers. Course requirements include a practicum, in which you will have the opportunity to teach and share your own personal version of meditation instruction.

Course Objectives:
  • The student will be able to examine and discuss various models for understanding soul growth and the role of meditation in cultivating an inner life.
  • After having engaged in personal meditation practices, the student will be able to describe the effects that the different methods had on the cultivation of his or her inner life.
  • After having completed a practicum, the student will be able to lead an inner life and meditation workshop and/or coach and mentor other individuals who wish to explore their own inner lives.








TS6100 Principles of Parapsychology

Elective Course for Consciousness Track
This course is a survey of the field of parapsychology, including spontaneous psychic experiences, studies of mediums and psychics, experimental studies, and the relationship of psychic phenomena to religious experience. It approaches psychic phenomena from the perspective of integrating them with other aspects of human consciousness. The course combines intellectual and experiential approaches. The course compares the methods used to study and experience various types of psychic phenomena, and explores the implications of these phenomena for other fields of human endeavor. There are also opportunities for you to explore your own psychic ability, and to conduct a study of the psychic abilities of others.

Learning Outcomes:

  • The student will be able to evaluate his or her impressions of academic parapsychology and describe how the information presented in the course may have changed previously held personal perceptions about the field of parapsychology and psychic phenomena.
  • The student will be able to conduct a variety of informal experiments and evaluate the results obtained in terms of measurable differences from outcomes that would have been expected by random chance.
  • The student will be able to describe and evaluate the best approaches for working with psychic development and/or contacting psychic sources and to explain the rationale behind her or his preferred approach.


TS6110 Spiritual Applications of Self-Hypnosis

Elective Course for the Consciousness Track
The underlying purpose of the Self-Hypnosis course is to develop an overall experiential and intellectual framework for understanding the meaning and implications of the popular term hypnosis, as it applies within a self-conducted process of consciousness alteration, a self-help model. The immediate purpose of this course is to guide you through self-hypnosis, so that you will have experienced for yourself what it is like to make changes or receive guidance from this process. In this course, you will teach yourself various methods and applications of self-hypnosis by reading material and through actual practice.

Learning Outcomes:

  • The student will be able to demonstrate the basic skills of relaxation, autosuggestion, past-life regression, and self-healing through self-hypnosis, and to describe these tools to others.
  • The student will be able to describe the psychological, philosophical and spiritual significance of the imagination, and discuss the implications for an inner life, spiritualism, channeling and other non-material sources of information.
  • The student will be able to write a statement suitable for giving to clients about the process of learning self-hypnosis and to use positive suggestions for simple life enhancements.


TS 6115 Integrated Imagery Level One*
*Includes a mandatory four-day residency in Virginia Beach

The purpose of the TS 6115 Level One course is to introduce the student to a technique for psychological and spiritual growth called Integrated Imagery through a didactic and supervised experiential process that includes a four-day residency and on-line cohort and mentor interaction prior to and subsequent to the residency. The course starts with an introduction to the principles of the technique, to reincarnation theory as it relates to growth processes, to the model of complex psychology and the concept of the energetic chain of experience.

The student will learn basic intake and induction techniques, introductory processing and guidelines, and closure and integration techniques designed to de-energize negative patterns and enliven positive experiences and memories. The primary emphasis of this introductory course and level of training is on exploring the positive aspects of one's psycho-spiritual nature and how those aspects affect one's sense of life path, also viewed as Soul Purpose in some spiritual systems. 

Another application of Integrated Imagery is to access transpersonal states of consciousness in order to gain additional insights, guidance, and creative impetus to support the process of conscious evolution and creativity. Although the technique enables people to access what appear to be past lives and transpersonal states of consciousness, the subjects of the regression experience need not have any belief in reincarnation or spirituality for the purpose of insight and healing. In this respect, Integrated Imagery can be viewed as another technique comparable to those used in dream work, sand play, and/or any of the creative arts therapies. Consequently, the regression experience will tend to be relevant to the subject's life and therefore have healing potential.

Learning Outcomes:

  • The student will be able to describe the principles of reincarnation theory, Eriksonian hypnosis techniques, complex psychology, and the basic principles of Integrated Imagery.
  • The student will be able to perform intake preparation, induction, processing, closure, and integration techniques of Integrated Imagery at a basic skill level that produces meaningful material from the subconscious for the subjects that can be used to enhance quality of life.
  • The student will be able to describe how positive complexes form and function and how they relate to the issue of Soul Purpose, and demonstrate skill in guiding the traveler through the regression experience focused on those principles.
  • The student will be able to guide a subject into accessing creative insight and enabling the creative impulse.


TS 6120 Integrated Imagery Level Two*
*Includes a mandatory four-day residency in Virginia Beach
Pre-requisite: TS 6115 Integrated Imagery Level One.

The purpose of this second-level course is to enable the student to develop a more advanced level of skill in the technique of Integrated Imagery. As in Level One, TS 6115, this will be accomplished through a didactic and supervised experiential process that includes a four-day residency and on-line cohort and mentor interaction prior to, during and subsequent to the residency. In the on-line preparation for the residency and during the 4-day residency, the student will be introduced to a more advanced understanding of Eriksonian hypnosis, complex psychology and the processing of not only positive but traumatic regression experiences accessed in what is called in this model the Energetic Chain of Experience. This involves biographical, perinatal, and transpersonal experiences as well as what may be perceived as past life memories when necessary. 

Through lectures, demonstrations, group discussions, and supervised regression experiences during the residency, the students will be expected to acquire more advanced skills in the intake/induction, guiding/processing and closure/integration stages of the technique. In this second level of training, emphasis will be placed on the technique of processing and re-scripting (de-energizing) the negative or traumatic experiences surfacing in the regression process.  

The online component of the course' subsequent to the residency involves the submission of case presentations discussing the residential experience as a guide and as a traveler as well as 8 practice regression sessions to be conducted privately the final weeks of the course.

Learning Outcomes:

  • The student will be able to examine the principles of reincarnation theory, Eriksonian hypnosis techniques, complex psychology, and the technique of Integrated Imagery.
  • The student will be able to perform intake preparation, induction, processing, closure, and integration techniques of Integrated Imagery at a skillful level that produces meaningful material from the subconscious for the subjects that can be used to enhance quality of life, especially resolving traumatic regression experiences through de-energizing those experiences.
  • The student will be able to describe not only how positive complexes form and function and how they relate to the issue of Soul Purpose, but also how negative complexes form and function and how they interact with the positive complexes.
  • The student will be able to guide a subject into accessing creative insight and enabling the creative impulse.


TS 6125 Integrated Imagery Level Three*
*Includes a mandatory four-day residency in Virginia Beach
Pre-requisite: TS6115 Integrated Imagery Level One and TS6120 Integrated Imagery Level Two.

More advanced topics and techniques will be introduced and demonstrated, including advanced techniques in processing trauma, the use of progressions, an introduction to dealing with attachments and the application of Integrated Imagery as a technique in spiritual mentoring. Consequently, emphasis will be placed on the issue of ethics and establishing a mentoring practice.

The online component of the course subsequent to the residency involves the submission of case presentations discussing the residential experience as a guide and traveler, as well as 8 practice regression sessions to be conducted privately during the final weeks of the course. 

Learning Outcomes:

  • The student will be able to apply the principles of reincarnation theory, Eriksonian hypnosis techniques, complex psychology, and the technique of Integrated Imagery.
  • The student will be able to perform intake preparation, induction, processing, closure, and integration techniques of Integrated Imagery at an advanced level that produces meaningful material from the subconscious for the subjects that can be used to enhance quality of life, including processing traumatic regression experiences and the technique of de-energizing those experiences, as well as the integration of those experiences with all stages of the Energetic Chain of Experience, including past life, between life, before life, perinatal, biographical, transpersonal and progressive stages of consciousness.
  • The student will be able to explain not only how positive complexes form and function and how they relate to the issue of Soul Purpose, but also how negative complexes form and function and how they interact with the positive complexes.
  • The student will be able to guide a subject into accessing creative insight and enabling the creative impulse.


TS6140 Mythology and Symbolism: Pathway to Transformation

Elective for Consciousness Track
This course explores the nature of symbols and mythology, the reasons for their importance, and their effect on the way in which we experience life. It explores how our belief systems and the resulting behaviors reflect our family and culture, and how, during our passage from one stage of life to another, symbols and images arise from our biological, emotional, psychological and spiritual maturation. The purpose of this course is to increase the student's deep understanding of myths and symbols for the transformations in life.

Course Objectives:
  • The student will be able to recognize and explain in their own words when and how symbols and mythology influence their daily activities.
  • The student will be able to analyze and describe how symbolic material relates to their ongoing process of personal transformation.
  • The student will be able to assess, demonstrate skills for and describe the processes of integrating and expressing the impact of symbolic material on their lives.


​TS6205 Non-Fiction Writing on Transpersonal Subjects

Elective for the Creativity Track
In this elective writing course on the Creativity Track, students will define a reason for wishing to write nonfiction and then create a vision statement and career plan or book proposal for actualizing their vision. They will also practice the techniques for writing different types of non-fiction and give one another feedback on their ideas and writing. The purpose of this course is to outfit transpersonal thinkers with the tools necessary to share their ideas with various audiences in various genres or media. As a result of this course, the students will be able to actualize and shape transpersonal theories into interesting and readable prose. In so doing, they will educate the world and help to actualize their own purpose within it.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Identify writing goals within the Transpersonal field
  • Apply research skills
  • Practice the stages of writing: creativity, drafting, revision, critiquing, and editing
  • Shape style to audience and purpose
  • Understand the dynamics of a writing career in the transpersonal field

TS6300 Leading From the Inside Out

Elective for Leadership and Conflict Resolution Track
Any consideration of leadership from the point of view of its transformative qualities must necessarily take into account the evolving relationship between self-transformation and the transformation of others. The purpose of this course is to stimulate within students a critical examination of the inner dimensions of their own evolution towards wholeness as they reflect upon the contemporary discussions of the process of leading from the inside out. Essentially, this course asks students to give serious thought to the question of what it means to be a leader. The course is based on the premise that inner transformation depends upon the person. As I begin to transform myself and people I interact with are attracted to the new qualities I manifest, they may decide to undergo their own inner transformation. Thus, leading from the inside out does not mean that, as I transform myself, I then transform others. Rather, the group dynamic within which I operate presents an opportunity for all involved to transform themselves.

Learning Outcomes:

  • The student will be able to explain what it means to lead from the inside out and to describe that process to others.
  • The student will be able to demonstrate effective leadership from the inside out in their own lives and to describe that experience with others.
  • The student will be able to evaluate the relationship between leadership, self-transformation and the transformation of others, and to explain that relationship to other students.


TS6305 Moral Dimensions of Leadership and Conflict Transformation

Elective for the Leadership and Conflict Resolution Track

Prerequisites TS5200, TS5205
Any activity that involves the interaction of human beings is bound to have ethical implications. The purpose of this course is to reflect upon the ethical implications of leadership and conflict transformation. Essentially, this course asks students to consider the questions of how one ought to behave as a leader or in the face of conflict. The course will examine the meaning of morality with case studies on how moral principles guide us in our attempts to resolve situations.

Learning Outcomes:

  • The student will be able to evaluate and describe the main philosophical theories regarding the determination of moral rightness and wrongness that are covered in the course and to illustrate these philosophical theories with selected case studies.
  • The student will be able to examine the relationship of ethical thinking to leadership and conflict transformation and to illustrate that relationship with possible real-world examples.
  • In a collaborative effort with other students, the student will be able to examine and evaluate the application of ethical theories to a specified case study.



TS6315 Leadership and Learning

Elective for the Leadership and Conflict Resolution Track

Prerequisite: TS5200
Authentic education is based upon the notion that all aspects of a person (physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual) must be addressed for genuine learning to occur. The purpose of this course is to engage the student in a reflective examination of the spiritual aspects of the learning process in order to determine: a) how those aspects can enhance the student's understanding of self and others; and b) how that understanding relates to the ability to lead from within. This course will examine the relationship between learning and leadership in order to learn what approaches to learning might best nurture the qualities of leadership.

Learning Outcomes:

  • The student will be able to describe the holistic education movement, and to identify the conditions, contexts and strategies that facilitate holistic education.
  • In collaboration with other students, the student will be able to review and evaluate the range of current educational practices, including those that are holistic.
  • The student will be able to describe the spiritual dimension of education and to discuss how that promotes the spiritual dimension of leadership.


TS6405 Mandalas and Art

Elective for the Transpersonal Visual Arts Track

This course will provide you with the necessary background and tools to engage in a personal exploration of mandalas through the creative process. Using a variety of methods and materials, you will create a series of mandalas, observe this process as it unfolds in a series of images over time, and experience firsthand the transformation that can come from the conscious creation of mandalas. You will explore the symbolism of mandalas through intuitive interpretation, dreams, and the synchronistic patterns that manifest in waking life while you engage in this practice. The course provides an historical, philosophical, and psychological context for understanding mandala creation, while placing emphasis on the development of personal artistic vision.

Learning Outcomes:

  • After exploring the significance of mandalas in spiritual, psychological, healing, and art traditions through assigned reading, the student will be able to discuss how personal mandalas created during the course fit into the greater matrix of universal consciousness and meaning.
  • The student will be able to use a variety of methods both for creating mandalas and for interpreting the symbolism of personal mandalas, and to communicate her or his understanding of the meaning of personal mandala symbolism to others.
  • The student will be able to explain how the practice of mandala creation may be used as a vehicle for personal growth and inner transformation based on personal experiences and discoveries encountered during the course.
  • The student will be able to create a series of personal mandalas that express his or her own artistic vision.


Other Options for Study

TS6900 Directed Study
In this course the student works with a chosen faculty member to design an in-depth study related to transpersonal studies. The student must have completed fifteen credit hours of work towards his or her degree prior to signing up for this course. Each student is allowed to take up to two directed study courses within their MA program.

TS6999 Culminating Project
Students who choose to cap off their masters degree experience with a Culminating Project register for TS6999 as the last course in their program. For more information on TS6999, click HERE.



Atlantic University is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program


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