Stan Grof is a pioneering researcher who examined the effects of birth trauma and the roots of anxiety through his well-known LSD (and later breathwork) investigations. Describing the phenomenon that he labeled the BIRTH COEX-system (COEX: "COndensed EXperience" of constellations of early traumas), Grof also confirmed that reliving the birth experience can be a powerful healing process in treating psychopathology.
Thus, he has been chosen to receive this year's Thomas R. Verny Award. The recognition ceremony followed by his address on "Implications of the Prenatal and Perinatal Period for Psychology: Observations from Modern Consciousness Research" will be a highlight of the 2010 APPPAH International Congress. (Dr. Grof will also be offering a workshop entitled: "Psychospiritual Death and Rebirth: A Visionary Journey.")
Dr. Grof is a psychiatrist with more than five decades of experience in research of non-ordinary states of consciousness. In the past, he was Principal Investigator in a psychedelic research program at the Psychiatric Research Institute in Prague, Czechoslovakia; Chief of Psychiatric Research at the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center; Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland; and Scholar-in-Residence at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California. Currently, he is a professor of psychology in the department of Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in San Francisco and conducts professional training programs in holotropic breathwork and transpersonal psychology at Wisdom University in Oakland, CA. He gives lectures and seminars worldwide, and is one of the founders and chief theoreticians of transpersonal psychology and the founding president of the International Transpersonal Association (ITA).
Among his publications are over 140 papers in professional journals, as well as the books Realms of the Human Unconscious; LSD Psychotherapy; The Adventure of Self-Discovery; Beyond the Brain; Books of the Dead; The Holotropic Mind; The Cosmic Game; The Consciousness Revolution (with Ervin Laszlo and Peter Russell); Psychology of the Future; The Ultimate Journey; When the Impossible Happens; Beyond Death; and The Stormy Search for the Self (the last two with Christina Grof). He also edited the books Ancient Wisdom and Modern Science; Consciousness Evolution and Human Survival; and Spiritual Emergency (the last with Christina Grof).