The East West Psychology Department (EWP) offers a global approach to the exploration and study of psychology and spirituality.
Susana Bustos, Ph.D., 2007, received a scholarship from Chile to conduct her doctoral studies at CIIS. Susana's EWP doctoral research focused on the study of Amazonian shamanism (vegetalismo), particularly of the use of songs (icaros) during plant healing ceremonies. During her research, she worked as a therapist and clinical supervisor at Takiwasi in the Peruvian jungle, a center for the treatment of drug addiction integrating indigenous and Western medicine. The results of her doctoral research have been published in magazines such as Shaman's Drum and Uno Mismo. Her latest publication, "The Verse of the Plant We Follow," appears in Robert Tindall's "The Jaguar that Roams the Mind" (Inner Traditions, 2008). Susana co-founded the Latin American Association for Holotropic Breathwork and Transpersonal Psychology, and worked for the Spiritual Emergency Network. She offers workshops and lectures internationally, teaches graduate courses on shamanism, and co-leads groups into the rainforest.