Harris L. Friedman, Ph.D. is Research Professor of Psychology (Retired) at University of Florida and Professor Emeritus at Saybrook University, as well as a Florida licensed psychologist. He received his PhD in Clinical Psychology at Georgia State University, holds the Diploma in Clinical Psychology, as well as in Organizational and Business Consulting Psychology, from the American Board of Professional Psychology, and is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association. He is past President of the International Transpersonal Association, and serves as the Senior Editor of the International Journal of Transpersonal Studies and the Associate Editor of The Humanistic Psychologist. He chairs the Transpersonal Psychology Interest Group and co-chairs the Positive Psychology Interest Group of the American Psychological Association’s Society for Humanistic Psychology (Division 32). He has more than 200 scholarly publications, and is currently co-editing The Praeger Series on Social Justice and Psychology (2 volumes) and The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Transpersonal Psychology. He is also currently consulting in the area of assessing and training in cross-cultural competence, as well as in the area of criminal justice, and is designing a program for youth using neurofeedback to treat attention deficit disorder.
Dr Friedman will be presenting a Keynote on Transpersonal Psychotherapies.
Transpersonal psychotherapies focus on the profound interconnectedness of the individual, including with what can be seen as most inclusive, whole, and even sacred. They are critical toward many mainstream practices by posing alternate assumptions about ontology, epistemology, and the essence of the self. Nevertheless, transpersonal psychotherapies are not based on faith but differ from traditional religious and spiritual practices by distilling these, and innovating new practices, from a scientific perspective, albeit a broadly construed science that uses both qualitative (emic) as well as quantitative (etic) approaches. Transpersonal psychotherapies provide a variety of interventions to help individuals and social systems deal with deficits (e.g., remediating psychopathology) and foster growth (e.g., achieving more complex meaning and purpose).