THE CONCORD INSTITUTE

TRANSCULTURAL WORK

 

The Transcultural Network for Global Psychology and Education was founded in June 1990 at the Concord Institute in Concord, Massachusetts by an international group of educators and psychologists. Its purpose was to support international professional exchange in these two fields generally, and specifically, with colleagues in Russia and Lithuania with whom this group had already worked. From 1990 to 1995 the Network and the Concord Institute sponsored a number of professional exchanges and trainings, in the United States, in Europe, and in the former Soviet Union, and in one specific project sent "founding trainers" to train the staff at the Harmony Institute in St. Petersburg, Russia in Humanistic/Existential/Spiritual Psychotherapy, Counseling, and Group work. It also sent to the Harmony Institute training materials, video and audio tapes, and electronic equipment for training purposes, and an extensive library. Colleagues from England, Norway, Canada, as well as many parts of the United States, joined these training sessions as trainers. A newsletter was also published during this period.

In September 1995 The Harmony Institute, in collaboration with the Concord Institute and the Transcultural Network, founded The International School for Psychotherapy, Counseling, and Group Leadership — a three year post-graduate professional training program for doctors, psychologists, and teachers in Humanistic/Existential/Spiritual Psychology. The Transcultual Network, for the next seven years, contributed to the development of the International School by sending teachers and curricula, helping to raise funds, and publishing materials of use in the program. It also certified the graduates of the program in concert with the Concord Institute. A third organization, the Uniterra Foundation, joined these two, as the receiver of funds to support this collaborative work. In 2002 the Transcultural Network was subsumed under the Concord Institute and its work is now carried on through the cooperation of the Concord and Harmony Institutes in concert with the Uniterra Foundation.

The International School for Psychotherapy, Counseling, and Group Leadership, founded in 1995, is the offspring of collaboration between the Concord and Harmony Institutes. It offers a three year prost-graduate professional training program in Humanistic/Existential/Spiritual Psychology for doctors, psychologists, health professionals, and teachers who have completed their formal academic training and are seeking training in this particular orientation to their work. There are both internal and external training programs and the number of students is now 130. Students have come from all over Russia to attend the International School, for it provides a unique and needed educational experience to Russian professionals. The Harmony Institute, its parent organization, provides a wide range of psychological and educational services, both in St. Petesburg and in other cities in Russia.

Since 1996 The Concord Institute and the Meta-Senter for Gestalt, Psychosynthesis, and Confluent Education in Kristiansand, Norway have co-sponsored an annual summer institute for European health professionals in group leadership. People from several countries in Europe and from Russia, Canada, and the United States attend this institute, which is held in a retreat center on the south coast of Norway. The specific topic changes year to year, but a growing community of practicioners return every year to learn more and to enjoy each other's company.

Trainers from the Concord Institute have also taught in Holland, England, Germany, and Sweden at kindred centers and institutes, and the director and staff maintain on-going contact with fellow professionals in these countries. Futher transcultural work is planned as need and occasion arise, for this work reflects an important aspect of the Institute's purpose-- the exploration of the application of the basic principles of Spiritual Psychology transculturally and, eventually, globally.

 
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