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Steven Schmitz

The Therapeutic Use of Shamanic Practice for Dementia

Dementia is a syndrome, typically of a chronic or progressive nature. It is a general term for the impaired ability to remember, think, or make decisions that interferes with effectively managing everyday activities. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there are currently more than 55 million people who live with dementia worldwide, and there are nearly 10 million new cases every year. It is expected to get worse unless countries better address the risk factors.

Steven is investigating how shamanic healing practices might be used to support stopping or reversing cognitive impairment in dementia. This presentation will explore dementia, report on current research, and address through a transpersonal lens how ancient shamanic practices might support the healing of modern dementia.


Steven Schmitz holds a Ph.D. in Transpersonal Psychology from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology. His doctoral research was on “The Therapeutic Use of the Shamanic Journey.” Steven has a private practice in Shamanic Counseling and Shamanic Healing, and is an international teacher, lecturer, and workshop leader on topics of shamanism, transpersonal psychology, rituals, and healing.    Steven is a former President of the Association for Transpersonal Psychology (ATP), a former Board Officer of the European Transpersonal Association (Eurotas), and a Founding Board Member of the International Q’eros Foundation (IQF). He is currently a Board Member and Outreach Committee Chair of ATP.    Steven has practiced shamanism and zazen since 1974.