Tuesday, February 7, 2012   3:36 PM

Clinical Approaches to Exceptional Experiences Conference

PA members may be interested in registering for a  conference which will be held on 9th and 10th March,  2012 in Durham, North Carolina  on "Clinical Approaches to Exceptional Experiences".

Exceptional experiences, including apparitions, ESP, psychokinesis, telepathy, precognition, and near death experiences, are often overlooked or seen as pathological by researchers and therapists alike. The Rhine Research Center and the University of West Georgia’s Department of Psychology are hoping to advocate the understanding of exceptional experiences with their conference, Clinical Approaches to Exceptional Experiences.

As many PA members know, Exceptional experiences (including subjective paranormal experiences) are part of human nature. At times, these can be life-enhancing, but at other times, they can be very distressing. Organizers of this conference hope that psychologists, counselors, and therapists come away understanding that exceptional experiences should not always warrant a diagnosis of mental illness.

This conference aims to:
1. Present examples of the varieties of exceptional experiences
2. Increase awareness of the growing area of “clinical parapsychology” and the current state of play of this field (particularly in the USA)
3. Draw attention to the fact that people have exceptional experiences (including subjective paranormal experiences) and that these can be experienced as distressing
4. Highlight that exceptional experiences should not automatically be labeled as “pathological” as they can sometimes be associated with mental health and human potential
5. Highlight that there are clinical and counseling practices that can help to assimilate psychic experiences and sometimes allow for personal growth/transformation
6. Engender discussion of a variety of clinical approaches to exceptional experiences
At the conference, researchers and therapists will describe approaches toward further understanding exceptional experiences. Attendees will gain a greater scope of knowledge and understanding of exceptional experiences which they will be able to apply to their respective professional practices (and their own experiences).

The keynote speaker for the conference is Dr. Martina Belz, a psychotherapist in private practice in Bern, Switzerland and a research fellow at the Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, University of Bern, Switzerland. Belz is also the managing director of the Training Institute for Psychotherapy (FAVT) at the University of Freiburg, Germany. Much of Belz’s research includes poltergeist phenomena, apparitions and telepathy. She will discuss her findings and their implications for further research and in regard to clinical settings. Other speakers include but are not limited to Dr. Jim Carpenter, a Clinical Associate Professor with the University of North Carolina Department of Psychiatry, and a Research Associate of the Rhine Research Center, and Dr. Ginette Nachman, a Research Associate at the Rhine Research Center and the Director of Research for the International Association for Near Death Studies.
The conference will be held at the Millennium Hotel, 2800 Campus Walk Ave., in Durham, N.C. on March 9th and 10th. General admission to the conference is $165; cost for students is $110. Early bird registration has been extended until February 9th and costs $145. The special conference rate for the Millennium Hotel is $89, per night.

For more information contact conference.caee@gmail.com  orcsimmond@westga.edu  or go to: http://www.exceptionalexperienceconference.org/home



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