Sofia University

Introduction

History Of Sofia University

Sofia University has built itself on a foundation of transformative, transpersonal education since 1975. Sofia has changed and grown in its own time as a university and encourages its students to do the same. We invite you to take a deeper look into our distinguished past to learn more about our first footprints as a school.

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Transformative Transpersonal Education Since 1975

Sofia University, formerly the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, was founded in 1975 by Dr. Robert Frager in response to the growing need for a shift in the pedagogy of higher learning. As a graduate from Harvard, Frager had experienced first-hand the conventional approach to the study of psychology and found it to be lacking and often fragmented.

In particular, Dr. Frager’s educational ideal hearkened back to the ancient Greek system which held the belief that education should take into account all aspects of the human experience. With this ideal in mind, he set out to create a school of psychology that would fully prepare psychologists to understand human nature from an approach that transcends the pathological and encompasses the whole human being in the context of culture, physical health, mental health, and spiritual health. Today, Sofia University continues to add new programs to broaden its focus by applying transpersonal values to research, education, technology, and engineering.

What is transpersonal?

Sofia University has long explored the frontiers of psychology and spirituality for the betterment of humanity and the sustainability of the planet.

Transpersonal psychology is a full-spectrum psychology that studies a continuum of human experience and behavior ranging from severe dysfunction, mental and emotional illness at one end, to what is generally considered “normal”, healthy behavior at the other end and various degrees of normal and maladjustment in between – and then goes beyond it by adding a serious scholarly interest in the imminent and transcendent dimensions of human experience: exceptional human functioning, experiences, performances and achievements, true genius, the nature and meaning of deep religious and mystical experiences, non-ordinary states of consciousness, and how we might foster the fulfillment of our highest potentials as human beings.

Transpersonal psychologists work across disciplines and draw on insights from not only the various areas of psychology, but also the sciences of cognition, consciousness, and the paranormal; philosophy; social and cultural theory; integral health theories and practices; poetry, literature, and the arts; and, the world’s spiritual and wisdom traditions.

Transpersonal Pioneers

Mary Calkins

Mary Calkins was the first woman president of the American Psychological Association and was denied her doctorate from Harvard University because of her gender. These two events helped pave a way for future women psychologists and shake the gender barriers in psychology.

Aldous Huxley

Aldous Huxley, one of the great modern thinkers, philosophers and social commentators of the 20th century, is often hailed as an inspirational figure of the Human Potential Movement and the subsequent development of transpersonal psychology.

Abraham Maslow

Abraham Maslow is one of the founders of humanistic psychology and transpersonal psychology. He believed that an accurate and viable theory of personality must include not only the depths but also the heights that each individual is capable of attaining.

William James

For William James, psychology was bounded by biology on one side and philosophy on the other; it addressed all areas of human experience. James helped introduce psychology to the United States, teaching the first course and establishing the first laboratory.

Carl Jung

Carl Jung is one of the most important, most complex and most controversial psychological theorists. Jungian psychology focuses on establishing and fostering the relationship between conscious and unconscious processes.

Carl Rogers

Carl Rogers was a founder of humanistic psychology whose contributions continue to resonate throughout the field. His theory and practice shifted the authoritarian paradigm of therapist-led psychotherapy toward a client-centered practice.

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Master of Computer Science

Online & Campus Combined Full time September 2017 USA Palo Alto

The Master of Science in Computer Science at Sofia University provides students with a broad background in software development and other core disciplines of computer science. It also gives students the opportunity to further their knowledge in foundational and applied topics. [+]

Master of Computer Science The Master of Science in Computer Science at Sofia University provides students with a broad background in software development and other core disciplines of computer science. It also gives students the opportunity to further their knowledge in foundational and applied topics. Located in Palo Alto, the heart of the Silicon Valley just minutes away from top companies such as Google, Apple, HP and Facebook provides students with an environment rich in opportunities. Our faculty members have worked in Fortune 500 companies and startups and received their Ph.D.s from schools such as MIT, Stanford, Carnegie Mellon University, UC Berkeley, Oxford, University of Southern California, and University of Sydney The Program Features: Onsite and hybrid/online formats Combinations of technological development with transpersonal values and skills for the practicing professional Promotion of creativity, cultural sensitivity and mindfulness Essential skills and values needed for the next generation of wellbalanced leaders in the workplace Small classes and close interaction with faculty Faculty that are experts in their field that bring cutting edge technology and real-world computing experience to the classroom. Concentrations Offered: Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Holistic Leadership and Management Human Computer Interaction Software Engineering Transformative Computing Transformative Unmanned Aircraft System Computing Required Course Work: 54 units 10 CS courses: 4 cores and 6 electives (40 units) 3 Transpersonal Studies courses (9 units) Capstone or Thesis Project (5 units) In addition to contemporary coursework in their disciplines, students can expect to take courses in transpersonal psychology, a full- spectrum psychology that encompasses a continuum of human experience and behavior including the spiritual and transcendent aspects of the human experience. Some examples of courses are “Theories of Personality and Personal Growth”, “Spiritual and Cultural Values in Today’s Professional Environment” and “Mind and Body Interaction in High Stress Work Environments.” [-]

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Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology

Online & Campus Combined Full time Part time 2 - 4 years September 2017 USA Palo Alto + 1 more

Sofia’s Masters in Counseling Psychology curriculum meets the educational and pre-degree clinical training requirements for both Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT) and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC), as established by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. [+]

With a Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Sofia University, you will have the education and pre-degree training to pursue licensure as a clinician skilled in whole-person approaches to health and healing. Moreover, you will learn to care for your own growth and well-being in a supportive, collaborative atmosphere. Program Highlights In addition to providing the educational and pre-degree clinical training requirements for both Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT) and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC), Sofia University’s MACP program offers: Both on-campus and low-residency (online) formats. Education shaped through a collaborative cohort experience. Experiential transpersonal skill-building labs. Optional specialization in Creative Expression. Four quarters of clinical experience before graduation. Focus on individual, child, couple and family therapy. Professional preparation for both public and private practice. Program Features Degree Flexibility The MACP curriculum is designed to meet the California Board of Behavioral Sciences educational and pre-degree clinical training requirements for both Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT) and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC). In the second year, you will have the option to choose either or both licensure track, LMFT or LPCC. Transpersonal Skills Labs The MACP program features Transpersonal Skills Labs that combine theory, practice, and group formation with deep personal growth and development. These unique learning labs provide practical application and integration. The Transpersonal Mosaic A particularly dynamic component of the program is the Transpersonal Mosaic – an immersion into spiritual practices and innovative transpersonal theories and tools. Coursework includes various styles of meditation, principles of Aikido, theories of transpersonal psychology, and diverse modalities for creative expression. Actively Practicing Faculty Mentorship is an important teaching tool that helps you flourish academically, personally and professionally. Classes are taught by experienced scholars and clinicians who have integrated psychological and spiritual principles into their counseling practices. Small class size encourages dynamic exchange between students and faculty. The Practicum Year This year allows you to practice learned theories and techniques and hone your counseling skills with a full year of clinical work in an agency setting. The practicum includes both face-to-face client hours (LMFT minimum of 225, LPCC minimum of 280) and on-site supervision. Additionally, a clinical faculty member will mentor you in a seminar-style class where you will learn to present case histories in accord with professional standards. Choice of two delivery formats: Sofia University’s MACP curriculum is offered in two delivery modes. Both formats offer an optional specialization in Creative Expression: Daytime MACP (2 or 3 Years): This on-campus program allows you to complete your degree in two or three years, including summer sessions. Hybrid / Online Face-to-Face MACP (3 or 4 Years): With just two on-campus intensives per year and online coursework, you can complete this three or four year program without relocating. Note: Check with your state agency to be sure this program is accepted. This degree prepares you for: Sofia’s Masters in Counseling Psychology curriculum meets the educational and pre-degree clinical training requirements for both Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT) and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC), as established by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. PROGRAM PREREQUISITES: Bachelor’s degree with 3.0 GPA from an accredited school. Foundational psychology course(s) may be required by the program chair. [-]

Master of Arts in Transpersonal Psychology (on-campus)

Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 USA Palo Alto

Sofia University’s Master of Arts in Transpersonal Psychology (MATP) degree is a two-year on-campus program created to allow you to engage in your own personal development while preparing for doctoral-level study and professional applications of transpersonal practices and principles. [+]

On-Campus Program Sofia University’s Master of Arts in Transpersonal Psychology (MATP) degree is a two-year on-campus program created to allow you to engage in your own personal development while preparing for doctoral-level study and professional applications of transpersonal practices and principles. If you are a self-motivated learner who grapples with the challenges of our time and seeks to make positive change in the world, this program is for you. Transformative learning is the foundation of the program, and our graduates serve as change agents, healers, and transpersonal scholars. This life-transforming program is taught by leading faculty in transpersonal psychology who serve as mentors and guides in both the classroom and research settings. Our faculty publishes in diverse areas of inquiry including exceptional human experiences, consciousness studies, creativity, comparative religions, and the interface of cultural studies and transpersonal psychology. Our distinctive balance of scholarly study, experiential learning, and professional development serves to support you in finding ways to take transformational concepts and practices into the world to promote social change and healing in a variety of settings. What does this prepare you for? Students who complete the Master of Arts in Transpersonal Psychology degree are well equipped to pursue doctoral study in one of our transpersonal-oriented Ph.D. programs as well as programs in religious studies, theology, ministry, psychology and other helping professions, leadership, or law. The program complements studies in seemingly distant fields such as applied mathematics, computer science or complex systems, i.e. any program that can benefit from knowledge of human consciousness and transformation. The graduates of our program work in both for-profit and non-profit sectors, in holistic healing arts centers, education, entrepreneurship and professional training programs. [-]

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