More Information About the Depth Program

Lambert Road campus PacificaNow in its fifteenth year, the M.A./Ph.D. Program in Depth Psychology is creating a 21st century depth psychology whose practice extends beyond the consulting room to engage the personal, community, cultural, and ecological issues of our time. The curriculum grounds students in the Jungian, psychoanalytic, archetypal, and phenomenological lineages of depth psychology, while exploring contemporary innovations in depth psychological theory and practice. The interface between psyche, body, culture, and nature is highlighted, as students and faculty seek to understand the interdependent relations between somatic, psychological, community, cultural, and environmental well-being.


All students in the program share a common course of study across the breadth of depth psychological theory, as well as learn depth psychological approaches to research. Unconscious and symbolic dimensions of existence are experientially explored through imaginal, somatic, and dialogical practices.
Students have a choice of three areas of specialization, each offering a distinctive direction to the overall project of deepening depth psychology's contribution to our time:
o    M.A./Ph.D. in Depth Psychology with Emphasis in Jungian and Archetypal Studies
o    M.A./Ph.D. in Depth Psychology with Combined Emphasis in Community Psychology, Liberation Psychology, and Ecopsychology
o    M.A./Ph.D. in Depth Psychology with Emphasis in Somatic Studies



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This program is profoundly interdisciplinary, following C. G. Jung's belief that "Psychology, of its very nature, is the intermediary between the disciplines, for the psyche is the mother of all the sciences and arts. Anyone who wishes to paint her portrait must mingle many colours on his palette." Students in the M.A./Ph.D. Program in Depth Psychology:
•    Develop the capacity to teach depth psychological insights and practices in a wide array of educational venues
•    Apply insights gained to a variety of professions and leadership positions
•    Study the origins and development of depth psychology in historical and cultural context
•    Discover how the traditions of depth psychology apply to personal, community, cultural, and environmental issues
•    Learn to deeply explore and contribute to areas of interest through research, scholarship, and publication
•    Strengthen written expression in scholarly and creative writing
•    Learn to listen deeply to self and others through transformative inquiry
•    Receive mentorship for their particular vocational interests and commitments