The Institute for the Study of Peak States (ISPS) is a world-wide research, teaching, and clinical treatment organization focused on the study of the psychology and biology of consciousness. Our groundbreaking discoveries in prenatal development have led to the creation of techniques for acquiring exceptional states of consciousness. This tremendously exciting and new field also has stunning, practical applications in the areas of psychology and medicine.
Our original research efforts were centered around understanding the cause of spiritual, shamanic, and transpersonal experiences. This led to the discovery of the existence of various 'peak states' of consciousness - many of which have a profound impact on quality of life - and the development of our prenatal 'developmental events model' that explains the cause of peak experiences, events, and abilities. We have mapped the overall structure of this new frontier of science, but it will be decades before all the applications of this work are explored.
Our model provides a cohesive, theoretical framework that explains how psychological and spiritual techniques work, allowing us to derive entirely new methods and predict previously undiscovered phenomena. This has led to the discovery of the underlying causes for a number of devastating mental (and some physical) diseases, many of which have been considered incurable.
The Institute also encourages and supports the growth of this entire new field by searching for and providing links to other non-Institute approaches for acquiring peak states.
To turn research into practice, we now have a school teaching our work to professionals internationally. Client safety is of utmost importance to us, so the Institute's professional training program certifies and licenses practitioners.
Our professional classes cover three different areas:
- Psychological healing techniques that widen the range of problems that a therapist can treat. They can be used on their own or as a complement to most other healing modalities, and can be easily added to a therapist's healing repertoire. The best known is Whole-Hearted Healing™, a regression technique that is suitable for everyone. It easily accesses and heals prenatal events. The technique is given on this website as a public service.
- Theory and methods for acquiring a variety of different, permanent peak states of consciousness. Although these techniques are only suitable for healthy people, therapists can use them to acquire particular peak states that give the therapist, after training, the ability to heal clients' major traumas extremely quickly and painlessly.
- Specializations - the teaching and licensing of therapists in the treatment of specific diseases. Our techniques are fast, effective, and permanent.
Currently the Institute focuses on just a few of the huge number of potential diseases our approach could address. Our current clinical projects include addictions, schizophrenia, multiple sclerosis and autism. This is a work in progress - the addictions process is ready for clients, others are being tested and should be available soon, and some are still being derived.
Some of our processes are used by licensed therapists in their own offices. The Institute also has several clinical facilities nationally and internationally (the country flags on the left link to them).
About the Institute
The core purpose of this Institute is to find ways to improve the quality of life for all of mankind. We've written this website to help professionals and laypeople become informed on the specifics of our discoveries and keep updated as our work progresses - and to attract people who share our vision. We have a free newsletter that you may wish to subscribe to by clicking the link at the bottom of this page. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please get in touch. Enjoy!
-Grant McFetridge Ph.D, Founder of the ISPS
Added May 9, 2013: Dr. McFetridge will be in Krakow, Poland from June 14 - July 17. He will be giving PeakStates therapist support classes and a month long therapist training in Polish.
Note to readers, Jan 15, 2013: We are upgrading our software for the website to a newer version. Expect problems in viewing various pages. If you want to report a problem, email Grant at PeakStates.com. Thanks for your patience!
Added September 5, 2012 - We made a new website, designed for clients who wish to find and work with a PeakStates therapist. It is simple, with simple information for clients, such as descriptions of the various conditions and problems we can treat well. Clicking on the menu bar "Find Trained Therapists" sends you there automatically. www.PeakStatesTherapy.com
Added August 4, 2012 - We added a forum to our site - see the main navigation bar on the left. This is an experiment, we hope it will be useful for people who are interested in state of the art approaches to peak states being done by various organizations; and to give a place for the public to ask questions about WHH and trauma healing.
Added July 13, 2012 - Radio interview with Dr. McFetridge about the peak states research and applications. You can download the file (right click on this link, 28MB) or listen to it on the webpage. It aired Saturday June 2, 2012. (Note: the link has been repaired - Aug 12, 2012)
Added October 13, 2011 - New short explanatory videos about peak states and our work are now available. See www.youtube.com/user/InstitutePeakStates about peak states. Other videos about our clinical processes are at www.youtube.com/user/peakstatestherapy.
Added July 3, 2011 - We are re-starting our training program for therapists and laypeople.
Added January, 2010 - A website about our new PeakStates clinics for major diseases is now online. It is written for clients, not for students, therapists or researchers.
Added July, 2009 - We are changing the way we teach our professional therapist courses, by focusing only on therapists who wish to work for us at our clinics. The courses will be longer and more in-depth, with much more time to practice and master the material in class. For a description of why we're making this change, and the new courses, visit our course description pages.
Added November, 2008 - Volume 2 of Peak States of Consciousness: Acquiring Extraordinary Spiritual and Shamanic States (hardcover) is now available from Amazon. Click to see a short description, the table of contents, and links to amazon for various countries.
Added September, 2008 - You can listen to a question and answer interview with Dr. Grant McFetridge, the founder of the Institute for the Study of Peak States, speaking about the Institute. Hear just specific questions from the talk, or hear (or download) the entire 30 minute recording. It was taped in Denmark in the spring of 2008. (Thanks to Anja and Anita Vraa for making this possible.)
Added 2008 - Therapists taking our 2007 Scotland training give their reaction to what they learned...
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