Student & Faculty Testimonials
“When I enrolled in IUPS, I expected that having a doctorate would change my life for the better in many ways, mostly in terms of how the outside world would look at me — and it has! What I did not expect is how profoundly my life changed internally. I have undergone a transformation. Before my degree, I always relied on what others had to say and paraphrased to suit my taste. Since doing the original research and becoming an expert in my field, I now am my own source of information. I have a confidence that is founded on solid reality. Hardly a day that goes by where I don’t have a moment of gratitude for the opportunity I have had to study and pursue a degree at IUPS.”
- Patti Taylor, Ph.D.
“The graduate program offered at IUPS allowed me to customize my course of study to fit my individual interests, and the flexibility of the program fit well into my existing work schedule and commitments. The dissertation process was more than a completion of a significant milestone in my life — it was a very deep right of passage that helped me experience a profound connection to my inner self and the contribution I am making to the evolution of human consciousness.”
- Marion Moss Hubbard, Ph.D.
Author, Work as a Heroic Journey: Using the Workplace to Evolve Your Character and Consciousness
“My dissertation work led to a therapy for treating addictions, alcoholism, and eating disorders, and I have reported on this work at various professional conferences. As part of this work, I developed a protocol for teaching emotion regulation (Affect Management Skills Training, AMST), and two months after getting the Ph.D. I signed a contract with Norton to write a book detailing AMST skills. I now have a business giving workshops to teach AMST and therapy derived from it. I look forward to mentoring students at IUPS so that I can give back what IUPS and Dr. Katz have given to me.”
- John Omaha, Ph.D.
Author, Psychotherapeutic Interventions for Emotion Regulation: EMDR and Bilateral Stimulation for Affect Management
"I came to a point in my own academic career where it was vital that I found a graduate program which allowed for a unique involvement with exactly those areas of study that I was longing to engage with. Not just any University was going to do. After an exhaustive search - including quite a bit dialogue with students and faculty at other institutions - I made the decision to enroll at IUPS. In my experience, the journey at IUPS was one that not only engaged critical thinking, research, and analysis, but also something a bit more mysterious - those deeper areas of heart and psyche that were so important to me. In this sense, IUPS served as a core aspect of my own individuation process and not merely as an external institution where I could seek an academic degree. Weaving together the sort of independent study that was so rich and alive for me - with caring, supportive, and insightful mentoring - IUPS was able to meet my needs (and much more) for an education that was oriented in the wholeness of the human person.
Since graduating and serving as faculty for IUPS, I continue to be moved by the quality of students that make their way to the University. Of course, there is that intellectual passion at the foundation of the work, but there is always a quality of heart that really stands out, of mystery, of engagement, of a deep care for others and for the world. Students at IUPS have usually been through quite a lot in their lives - professionally and personally - and are seeking a graduate degree in the second half of life, which as Jung reminds us, is more oriented in listening to and responding to the Self, to what matters most, to purpose and vocation, rather than merely to the persona and the influences of the collective. I appreciate the type of student that makes their way to IUPS and the maturity, compassion, and curiosity that they arrive with, such qualities that really bring the mentoring process alive."
- Matt Licata, Ph.D.
"After completing my MA, I felt I needed a University where I could continue to explore Consciousness not only academically, but which also honoured insights into human consciousness based on the student’s inner experiences. IUPS not only allowed this, but encouraged me in my explorations. The open structure of the program also permitted me to undertake courses of my choice, including a course in embryology. Based on this, I was then able to really spread my wings during my thesis by investigating the connection between consciousness, soul, somatogenesis and the heart. I thank my mentor Dr. Inula Martinkat who stood beside me while I went through this “birthing process”. It was a wonderful and enriching experience. Unravelling the secrets of the heart is an ongoing process which I continue to explore today through journal articles based on my dissertation."
"I am in the Universe is a scientific reality.
The universe is within me is a spiritual experience
I am the universe is a mystical reality.” ~Srinivas Arka
- Tina Lindhard, Ph.D. Consciousness Studies (IUPS)
CICA: Chair of Consciousness Research
"I have been a teaching assistant and professor at several universities, both on-site and online. My experience as a mentor at IUPS has been unique. I greatly enjoyed the one-on-one relationship with the individual I was mentoring, and the opportunity to spend quality time with him discussing the coursework as well as the content and expression of his ideas. This is a wonderful new type of university that benefits both the student and the mentor."
- Ellie Schamber, Ph.D.
Author, The Artist As Politician; Co-Author, Transformational NLP
Currently a facilitator for distance learning at Boston University, Department of Humanities
“As the owner, director, and main trainer of a school of Neuro-Linguistic Programming, I did not have the time to pursue a conventional PhD program. In IUPS I found a university that has the highest academic standards and depth, programs that can be customized to the student’s individual interests, ample and relevant guidance for students, and flexibility about scheduling and time requirements. IUPS provided a mentor to guide me through the graduate course work and doctoral dissertation. This personalized attention and the customized program, as well as the flexibility to go at a pace that worked with my busy professional schedule, was perfect for me. The work on my dissertation has led to a book that is now a best seller. I highly recommend IUPS.”
- Carl Buchheit, Ph.D.
Co-Author, Transformational NLP: A New Psychology
"As an IUPS Instructor, I marvel at the wonderful opportunities the school offers. I have witnessed my candidates growth and brilliance as they blossom from your program and curriculums."
- Shelley Stockwell-Nicholas, Ph.D.
President of the International Hypnosis Federation