Claudio Luigi Calcina
Track: Transpersonal Psychology, Psychotherapy and Clinical Studies
Clinical studies in Transpersonal Psychotherapy. Why they are important, how they can be performed.
Since the very beginning of psychotherapy the clinical reports on Anna O. and little Hans played a considerable role in the evolution of the “talking cure” into a full theoretical framework that nowadays is known as psychodynamic psychotherapy. Even the Red Book by Jung can be considered as a clinical account on self-evolution.
Accreditation processes and evidence based practice are now even more urgent issues to be taken into account to consider the importance of clinical studies in psychotherapy.
Even if transpersonal psychotherapy has quite a long history of application in clinical work, there are still many doubts about it, coming from the academic world. We think that this might due to two critical points, in some way related together.
First of all there are not enough reports based on solid clinical studies supporting the theoretical framework upon which many practices are based on. Considering the great variety of practices proposed in the transpersonal arena, non-ordinary state of consciousness, body work, breath-works and so on, very little evidences are provided to allow transpersonal psychotherapy to be considered at the same level as other transpersonal models.
Second, quite often there is very little interface between transpersonal psychotherapists and traditional academic medical and or psychology practitioners. Many stigma and prejudices come from not knowing each other.
In this presentation we will give two examples of clinical studies. A qualitative study to provide a description of the effect of Biotransenergetica (BTE) in a clinical setting. A quantitative study to describe the effectiveness of BTE associated with pharmacological therapy in the treatment of patients with minor psychological problems in a general practitioner out-clinic.
The aim of this presentation is to share with colleagues in the transpersonal audience the results of these studies, showing that clinical studies are not only necessary, but very possible.
Dr. Claudio Calcina psychologist and transpersonal psychotherapist. Graduated also in Philosophy, he studied in detail many traditional and modern bodymind tecniques to improve wellness and consciuosness like Craniosacral, Shiatzu, Reiki, overtone singing, Denthosophy and Shorei-kan.
He is training as official trainer of the Biotransenergetic transpersonal approach.
In 2009 he took the qualification to conduct groups of bodymind practices of Corpo del Sogno and Arte del Dono di Sé of Biotransenegetic.
He teaches at Integral Transpersonal Institute.
From 2011 he works in private practice as a psycologist and from 2014 also as psycoterapist.