Presenters

Dominique Del Chiaro

Dominique Del Chiaro is an educator, fitness specialist, personal trainer, and doctoral student at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology in Palo Alto, California. She was part of a dynamic team of educators who pioneered two cutting edge charter schools in northern California. Dominique has also served on the governing board of three charter schools. She has a Masters in Education from the University of Hilo in Hawaii, and a Bachelors of Science in Human Development from the University of Davis in California. Besides teaching in middle and high schools for almost 20 years, Dominique has facilitated continuing education courses for both educators and parents through Performance Learning Systems. She has also developed and provided rites of passage journeys for hundreds of adolescents. The focus of her doctoral study is to develop transformative programs that combine mindfulness practices and mentorship with rites of passage experiences.

Dini Rahma Bintari

Dini Rahma Bintari is an Indonesian clinical psychologist, lecturer, and student psychological counselor at Universitas Indonesia. She provides lectures and trainings for women organizations and family based workshops. Dini also has experience in providing psychological rehabilitation for survivors of natural disastors, including the tsunami in Aceh and earthquake in Yogyakarta. She is a Fulbright scholarship receiver for the PhD program at The Institute of Transpersonal Psychology and is an office manager for the Association for Transpersonal Psychology. Her research interests include psychological well-being, women’s empowerment, Sufism, religious studies, and spiritually oriented psychotherapy.

Gonzalo Brito

Gonzalo is a Chilean clinical psychologist who has worked in Perú and Chile with addiction, sexual abuse, and other mental health problems integrating western psychological approaches with local indigenous medicine. As a certified yoga teacher and MBSR instructor he began in 2005 to integrate mindfulness practices into his clinical work and also into workshops for health care professionals and educators. He is currently enrolled in his second year of the PhD Program in Transpersonal Psychology at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology in Palo Alto, California. His focus is currently compassion training and cultural translations of contemplative practices. He is the founder of “Red Mindfulness”, a South American network of 700+ clinicians, educators, and meditators  interested in bringing contemplative insights into their work and society (www.redmindfulness.org).

Sergei Slavoutski

Sergei Slavoutski is working towards his Ph.D. in Transpersonal Psychology with concentrations in Spiritual Guidance and Transpersonal Education and Research at The Institute of Transpersonal Psychology in Palo Alto, California.  Since 1992, Sergei has been developing and practicing his own integral healing method combining Energy Medicine with Other Life Therapy (OLT). OLT is a transpersonal approach to the resolution of psycho-emotional, somatic, and spiritual issues originating in interconnected life spans. OLT utilizes a technique known as intuitive introspective guidance that allows individuals to successfully resolve presenting concerns in their current circumstances.  Sergei has utilized OLT with individuals from around the globe, including the United States and Russia. His healing method has assisted many clients towards significant improvements in health, resolution of personal problems, and enhanced quality of life.  In addition to his healing work, Sergei is also the archive manager for the International Journal of Transpersonal Studies. He has studied at the Academy of Irrational Psychology in Moscow, Russia and holds an MS in Civil Engineering (with a specialization in Computer Science) and an MBA, obtained from various universities in Moscow, Russia.

Zachary Bertone

Zac is a master’s level licensed professional counselor in the state of Arizona with over 7 years’ experience working as a behavioral health counselor.  He has experience working with diverse populations including clients with trauma, sexual abuse, addictions, anxiety/ phobias, grief & loss, depression, personality disorders, and existential/ spiritual concerns.  Mr. Bertone received his training from SUNY Brockport and his therapeutic style is an eclectic blend of humanistic and transpersonal psychologies.  He is a first year PhD student at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology and holds certifications in personal training and energy healing.  Zac’s areas of research interest include: Human potential, somatics, exercise and wellness interventions, anthropology, consciousness states, and optimal human development.

Kathleen Marie Epp

Kathleen Marie Epp, LCSW has conducted a private practice as a Rolfer, CranioSacral Therapist, Tai Chi instructor, and Spiritual Director, and has worked as a Hospice Social Worker. She developed and was the lead teacher at Touch With Grace Healing Arts school in Durango, CO and served as an adjunct faculty at University of Denver and New Mexico Highlands University. She is currently a doctoral student specializing in teaching and research at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology. She has a private practice and teaches Touch With Grace® Healing (www.touchwithgrace.com), and is researching spiritual hands-on healing, biofield studies, and therapeutic ritual.

Samuel Root

Sam is a second year doctoral student at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology in Palo Alto and a California-registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern. He completed a B.A. in psychology at the University of Minnesota in 2001 and an M.A. in marriage and family therapy at the Adler Graduate School in 2008. Sam currently assists ITP co-founder Dr. Robert Frager as a research assistant. Sam’s research interests include theoretical psychology, hatha yoga and health psychology, mythology and projective dream work, Alfred Adler’s Individual Psychology, Sufi poetry, humor and laughter, and more. In the future Sam intends to write and teach professionally while providing individual and group psychotherapy.

Scott Johnson

Scott Johnson is a clinical social worker currently residing in California where he is working on his doctoral dissertation at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology.  He is currently researching the phenomenological experience of the “will” and “willing” inside and outside of the clinical milieu.  He is also deeply interested in the experience of non-duality.  Scott holds an additional credential and experience in substance abuse and addictions counseling.

Courtenay Crouch

Courtenay Crouch is a doctoral student in transpersonal psychology at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (ITP). Courtenay graduated from Duke University with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Religion. Courtenay is currently an Associate Editor for the International Journal of Transpersonal Studies (IJTS) and works in the Dissertation Office at ITP. Her current research interests include feminist phenomenology, philosophical psychology, transpersonal meaningful experiences, and altered states of consciousness. Courtenay is currently working on her dissertation, which explores the influence of genealogy and family history on creative identity work.

Samuel Arthur Malkemus

With a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s in philosophy and religion Samuel is currently working towards the completion of his doctorate in East-West psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies, in San Francisco,California. His doctoral research involves an interdisciplinary exploration of the somatic and lived dimensions ofsexuality, instinct, and world with the aim of articulating a transpersonal vision of human nature that holds bodily life at its foundation. Academic areas of interest include phenomenology, consciousness studies, cognitive science, astrology, in addition to depth, transpersonal, evolutionary, and somatic psychology. A fifth generation Californian Samuel has been co-leading Holistic Sexuality workshops and individualized processes since 2008 and has experience leading Zen meditation, vision quests, and dream groups. A carpenter, dancer, and lover of life, he is the co-author, together withMarina T. Romero, of the book chapter Sexuality as a Transformational Path:Exploring the Holistic Dimensions of Human Vitality. He can be reached at: malkemus@gmail.com.

Zayin Cabot

Zayin Cabot, PhDc, is an author, a father, and an adjunct professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Committed to finding a critical evolutionary cosmology, his work lies at the intersection of ritual studies, various indigenous ways of knowing, process philosophy, and embodied spiritual inquiry practices based on his work with Albareda, Romero, and Ferrer. He is the founder and editor of ParticipatoryStudies.com, as well as the author of several articles, an encyclopedia entry, and a book chapter on participatory spirituality and the participatory turn in academia. He has presented on these topics at conferences in the United States and internationally. He is currently preparing to take bokara initiation with the Dagara people of what is now called Burkina Faso, West Africa, and will be mentored in this rite of passage by Dagara elder and diviner Malidoma Somé. As part of this process he is offering divinations and organizing ongoing community rituals in the Bay Area and throughout the United States

Farina Chinoy

Farina is a first year PhD student at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology. She studied Clinical Psychology in India and the U.S. She has worked as a psychotherapist in both countries in a variety of settings: drug and alcohol rehabilitation center, residential facility for court-ordered minors and a community counseling center. She has also had fundamental training in Reiki, Pranic Healing, Past Life Regression Therapy and Yoga.

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