South Pacific Centre for Human Inquiry
John Heron is a pioneer in the creation of a participatory research method in the social sciences, called co-operative inquiry, which was based on his work in 1968-69 on the phenomenology of social encounter, and which has been applied by practitioners in many fields of professional and personal development. He is committed to the process of co-operative inquiry, in whatever field it is applied, as a basic form of relational and participative spiritual practice.
Founder and Director of the Human Potential Research Project, University of Surrey, 1970 - 1977; Honorary Director, 1977 - 1981; Honorary Co-director, 1981-1984. The first academic centre for humanistic and transpersonal psychology and education in Europe.
Assistant Director, British Postgraduate Medical Federation, University of London, 1977 - 1985; in charge of an innovative programme of personal and professional development for hospital doctors and GPs, out of which the British Holistic Medical Association was formed.
Director, International Centre for Co-operative Inquiry, Volterra, Tuscany, Italy, 1990-2000.
Co-director, South Pacific Centre for Human Inquiry, Auckland, New Zealand, 2000-present.
Group facilitator and trainer in the fields of: co-counselling; co-operative inquiry and new paradigm research; educational and staff development; group facilitation and interactive skills; management development; personal and transpersonal development; professional development in medicine, psychotherapy and the helping professions. Researcher and author.