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The Canadian Humanistic and Transpersonal Association was formed in Toronto on Feb 1, 2009. The CHTA supports the integration of spirituality, humanistic values, holistic philosophy, energy therapies and traditional practices. The CHTA is also a voice for an integrative perspective in the political forum. Recent legislation allows a window of opportunity for these values to be part of the new regulation of psychotherapy in Ontario. This association has a particular focus on psychotherapy, making it especially relevant to the current political situation regarding the new regulation of psychotherapy in Ontario. The CHTA supports diversity of approaches in psychotherapy and wellness. It also recognizes the importance of spiritual and human values in institutional functions that serve society and culture, based on the interdependence of humans with each other and the natural world. This implies an emergent, relationship with nature, both as the wild ground from which we arise, and in which we have our life, based in respect and awe.

The CHTA is in the process of becoming a local chapter, or 'energy centre', of the conjoined Association for Humanistic Psychology (AHP, www.ahpweb.org, formed in 1962, now with 24 related international organizations) and Association for Transpersonal Psychology (ATP, www.atpweb.org, formed in 1971, and now part of the International Transpersonal Association, ITA). The ITA (originally founded in 1978) was re-incorporated on May 27, 2008  as an umbrella group for the 28 international transpersonal associations, (see the ATP Guide the Transpersonal Internet at http://atpweb.org/IntlTranspOrgs.asp) modelled on Eurotas, which is a an umbrella organization for 18 European Transpersonal Associations (www.eurotas.org). David Lukoff, co-president of ATP, has created a Google Group for the International Associations of Transpersonal Psychology (http://atpweb.org/googlegroup).

As we enter the 21st century, one of the defining themes already emerging is networked connection. Leadership and change themes have been, and continue to be, brought into many programs in graduate schools, growth centres and diverse organizations around the world that derive from or relate to the archetypal, humanistic, existential, somatic, transpersonal and related traditions that emerged from the 1960's. What used to be peripheral and counterculture is becoming an influential network of interconnected points of awareness and action. "We live in a networked world" says the Dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs in the Jan/Feb, 2009, issue of Foreign Affairs, "America's Edge in a Networked World", Anne-Marie Slaughter (www.foreignaffairs.com).  This publication of the prestigious Council on Foreign Relations speaks from the knowledge base of the US power elite, the centre. The theme of the networked periphery influencing the centre is also in the process of being enacted. There is a broad field of humanistic and transpersonal activity that is global. A directory listing of collegial contacts is being developed by CHTA. Currently there are about 150 listed, with many of these in turn listing others. Read more.

The CHTA has been invited by the Humanistic Psychology Division (Div 32) of the American Psychological Association (www.apa.org/divisions/div32/) to co-host their hospitality suite at the APA convention in Toronto, August 6 to 9, 2009. We are holding a panel discussion Saturday, August 8, from 2:00 to 6:30 pm in the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel on Humanistic Perspectives in the Regulation of Psychotherapy in Ontario with prominent local and international figures. Read more.

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