Date(s) - 12/11/2019
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre


Parapsychology is an area of science known for exploring anomalous experiences and processes such as extra-sensory perception (telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition), psychokinesis, and survival (mediumship, ghosts, reincarnation, etc.).

However, aside from questioning the truth behind such claims through rigours laboratory methods, how important are these natural occurrences for our mental health and recovery from such states as bereavement, for example?

In this talk, Dr Callum E. Cooper will discuss some of the roots of clinical parapsychology, the impact of ‘sense of presence’ experiences on the bereavement, and the work of Dr. Alex Tanous in the psychotherapy setting. The details of such work by Dr. Tanous’ have finally been released in a book entitled ‘Psi in Psychotherapy’ and had remained as an archived manuscript since 1985. Two years of editorial work and archiving have finally brought such work on anomalous experiences and mental health into a modern light and for all to access, research, and perhaps aid in their own wellbeing and professional practice.

Dr Callum E. Cooper

He is a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), holding postgraduate degrees in psychology, social science research methods and education, from the University of Northampton and Sheffield Hallam University. He is based at the University of Northampton lecturing and research on topics of Death and Bereavement, Positive Psychology, Human Sexual Behaviour, Parapsychology, and Research Methods. He is a member of organisations such as the  Society for Psychical Research (sitting on its Council and on the Survival Research Committee), a Professional Member of the Parapsychological Association, a Hope Studies Research Affiliate (University of Alberta). He has received numerous grants and awards for his work and research including the Eileen J. Garrett Scholarship (Parapsychology Foundation, 2009), the Alex Tanous Scholarship Award (Alex Tanous Foundation for Scientific Research, numerous), the Gertrude R. Schmeidler Award (Parapsychological Association, 2014). In 2018, he was recognised for Excellence in Skeptical Activism and became shortlisted for the Ockham’s Razor Award for such work (The Skeptic Magazine and QEDcon, 2018).

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