We are especially proud to let you know that Stanilav Grof will be the 2010 Congress recipient of the Thomas R. Verny Award, given to individuals who have made important contributions to the field of prenatal and perinatal psychology.
In line with the Congress theme of emphasizing prenatal and perinatal research efforts, Stan Grof is a pioneering psychiatrist who examined the effects of birth trauma and the roots of anxiety through his well-known LSD (and later breathwork) investigations. Describing this phenomenon that Grof labeled the BIRTH COEX-system, he also confirmed that reliving the birth experience could be a powerful healing process for psychopathology. He has published over 150 articles and 20 books discussing the theoretical and practical implica- tions of modern consciousness research for psychiatry, psychology, and psychotherapy.
The topic of Dr. Grof's keynote presentation will be: Implications of the Prenatal and Perinatal Period for Psychology: Observations from Modern Consciousness Research. Dr. Grof will also be doing a post-Congress workshop entitled: Psychospiritual Death and Rebirth: A Visionary Journey.
A number of video clips of Dr. Grof speaking on his life's work can be found on youtube.com. For example, "Stanislav Grof ‘Holotropic'" at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mA1hDI5IiJQ
Be sure to check out the 2010 congress web page for new and exciting developments, and let us see you in Asilomar, California, November 11-14!