As Editor of the Transpersonal Coaching Psychology Journal (TCPJ) and developer of the Transpersonal Coaching Model, I am delighted to share this editorial introduction to the TCPJ here in the Alef Field. It is with enormous joy and gratitude that the TCPJ will be launched on the 1st September 2022.
TCPJ is an open access peer-reviewed journal that publishes coaching case study projects conducted by graduates of the 1-year Transpersonal Coaching Psychology Certificate Programme at Alef Trust.
Transpersonal Coaching Psychology (TCP) can be described as the theory and practice of coaching that takes a holistic and integrative approach to support client growth and transformation.
The role of a transpersonal coach is to support the client to develop a more expansive and interconnected sense of self and, in so doing, help the client to access the necessary resources (physical, intellectual, emotional, social, psychological and spiritual) that may aid the attainment of their fullest potential and performance. This is achieved through tailored processes to help clients identify what provides them with a sense of meaning and purpose and, in turn, to assist the client to find ways of consciously expressing this – in their work, their personal life and within relationships.
The primary means of intervention on the part of the transpersonal coach involves holding a liminal space (open, receptive and emergent), walking the client through a transformative passage of questioning and expansion, while helping the client to reintegrate new, widened and resourceful perspectives into their lives.
The Transpersonal Coaching Handbook, now in its third edition (Dängeli et al., 2022) has become one of the primary resources used by students and graduates of the TCP professional certificate programme at Alef Trust. As the course leader, it is heart-warming to witness the growth and development of our students as they discover the riches of the TCP learning journey and the myriad ways in which they can be of value in the lives of others and in the world. This course has been evolving since 2004, when I first provided transpersonal coaching training. In 2017, we modified the training structure for online delivery according to the post-graduate course criteria at Middlesex University, who validated Alef Trust’s programmes at the time. Since then, the TCP programme has continued to evolve as online learning technologies have become more sophisticated and interactive, supporting our aspiration to take the distance out of distance learning. The current infrastructure enables each cohort to co-create a participatory space, forming a close community of TCP explorers, known by us as “TCPers”.
In the final module of their 1-year certificate programme, the TCPers undertake a 4-month coaching case study project in which they investigate the experience and outcomes of transpersonal coaching from both their own perspective and that of their clients, culminating in a written report. Six of those reports have been peer reviewed and are included in this volume, giving readers a good insight into how TCP works and its transformative potential.
I would like to acknowledge the tremendous effort required to get this journal off the ground. My heartfelt thanks go to the contributory authors of this inaugural volume, the Editorial Board members who have served as reviewers of these published reports, the Senior Editors (Hennie Geldenhuys and Julie De Vitto) for their shared vision and valuable inputs from the beginning of this project, and the TCPJ Production Manager (Jana Allmrodt), who has worked to ensure that the journal exemplifies the high quality to which we aspire in the professional field of Transpersonal Coaching Psychology. I would also like to thank Alef Trust’s directors (Jessica Bockler and Les Lancaster) for supporting the ongoing development of TCP as part of the MSc programme in Consciousness, Spirituality & Transpersonal Psychology accredited by Liverpool John Moores University, in addition to our 1-year TCP Certificate Programme. As we have seen since the programme began in 2018, TCP is a valuable and increasingly recognised applied branch within the growing field of transpersonal psychology. Last, but not least, I would like to thank the International Association of Coaches, Therapists & Mentors (IACTM) for granting the TCPJ their Stamp of Approval and for publishing the journal on their website.
Dängeli, J. (Ed.). (2022). The Transpersonal Coaching Handbook. (3rd ed.) https://jevonDängeli.com/product/transpersonal-coaching-handbook/