Sufism and Psychology Forum

sufi women logoThe Sufism and Psychology Forum (SPF) was created to explore the relationship between the study of Sufism and of psychology. Members from around the world are working to bring together the application of Sufi principles and practices and the study of psychology through research, translation, and discussion.

SPF has been successful in opening and maintaining an international dialogue among spiritual practitioners who work in the field of psychology, and in facilitating the integration of Sufi principles into the practice of psychology. Through the efforts of its members and the support of the International Association of Sufism, the SPF has made great strides since its inception in 1996 toward meeting its founding goals.

Goals of the Sufism and Psychology Forum are to:

  • conduct research in the field of Sufi psychology, through its Institute for Sufi Studies
  • expand the SPF research library
  • present Sufi psychology at academic and professional conferences
  • sponsor seminars and lectures presented by spiritually oriented psychologists and therapists
  • publish an electronic newsletter
  • publish books on Sufi Psychology;
  • provide a forum for exchanging resources, articles and other information relevant to both Sufism and psychology

The Sufism and Psychology Forum is a department of International Association of Sufism (IAS) and is not affiliated with any one Sufi school or order.

The Interplay of Psychology and Spirituality

St. John’s Presbyterian Church
2727 College Avenue, Berkeley CA 94705
Saturday, July 27th, 2019
9:30am – 5pm

In the morning presentation, Beyond Identifications, Dr. Laurence Heller, internationally published author,  presented the NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM) as a spiritually and somatically based psychotherapy. He suggests that, “Psychology without access to the overarching spiritual underpinnings of existence is limited, symptom oriented and ultimately less effective.”

In the afternoon presentation, The Roots of Healing, psychotherapists and spiritual practitioners who are senior members of the International Association of Sufism (IAS), Community Healing Centers (CHC), and the Sufism and Psychology Forum (SPF) offered presentations grounded in deep psychospiritual practice to access presence grounded in being, innate internal balance, and heart-based resilience.

Read more about this event and future activities in The Journal here.

40 Days: Alchemy of Tranquility Annual Retreat

The theme of the 40 Days: Alchemy of Tranquility annual retreat in 2021 will be “Reflection: Mind-Heart”. Find more information here.


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